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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small Group Tour

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    Stop At: New Zealand Parliament, Molesworth Street, Wellington 6160 New Zealand

    Welcome to Windy Wellington - the 'Coolest Little Capital' in the world. Enjoy a 6 hour tour of this compact and scenic city.
    First stop is the grounds of New Zealand's parliament. Here you'll see the buildings where the government sits, including the aptly named 'Beehive' building - home to the offices of cabinet and the Prime Minister. Across the road is the 2nd largest wooden building in the world - the Old Government Buildings (now home to Victoria University Law School).

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old St Paul's, 34 Mulgrave St Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

    Built in 1866 from fine native timber, Old St Pauls is one of New Zealand's most important historical buildings. Admire the breathtaking interior of this famous landmark. We cover the donation entry cost.
    Please note, the cathedral may be closed until 2020 to undergo earthquake strengthening.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Oriental Bay, Oriental Parade, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

    As we travel around the city foreshore we will arrive at one of the city's most popular beaches - Oriental Bay. Look back across the harbour to the city centre, and hopefully spot your cruise ship tied up at the wharf.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mount Victoria, Alexandra Lookout Rd, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

    Visit Wellington's best vantage point - Mt Vic. Enjoy 360 degree views of the city and its surrounds atop this 196m high peak. Spot the inter-island ferries travelling across Cook Strait to the South Island (which you can see on a clear day). See the Miramar Peninsula and south coast which is also part of the tour. Wellington city is very picturesque spread across very hilly terrain, and the views commanded from Mt Victoria are exceptional.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Scorching Bay, Karaka Bay Road Seatoun, Wellington 6003 New Zealand

    Next it is time to explore the Miramar Peninsula. This unassuming area of the city is home to 'Wellywood' - where Sir Peter Jackson set up the studios that have produced such films as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong and more. We will stop at Point Halswell where again you get sweeping views of the harbour. Next we pass through Scorching Bay on our way to the Wahine Memorial.

    Stop At: Wahine Memorial, Dundas Street, Wellington New Zealand

    Wellington Harbour was the site of New Zealand's worst maritime disaster - the sinking of the Wahine ferry. We stop briefly at the memorial to hear the story of how the disaster unfolded on the 10th of April 1968.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road Miramar, Wellington 6022 New Zealand

    Now it is time to visit 'Wellywood' - home to New Zealand's film industry. The most famous film maker in these parts is Sir Peter Jackson - who used area to set up the studios which have produced the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies (among others). See the Gandalf outside the Roxy Cinema, before we head to the Weta Cave where you can view some of the props used in the films. We also pass by the Stone Street studios where you may be able to catch a glimpse of the green screens used for the films. Please note we don't have time for the Weta Workshop tour.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

    For lunch we head back into the city explore the national museum of New Zealand - Te Papa. Opened in 1998, this museum commands prime position on Wellington's waterfront. Enjoy over an hour to explore the many exhibits showcasing New Zealand's unique history and geography. This is also our lunch stop (own cost) where you can grab a quick bite from the on-site cafe, or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront to one of many local eateries.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Wellington Cable Car, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

    After our visit to Te Papa we then complete the last attraction of the day - a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. For over 100 years this iconic part of Wellington has been used by locals and visitors alike to travel up one of the steepest parts of the city. We drive to the top of the Cable Car where you can enjoy a quick look around the stunning Wellington Botanical Gardens (keep your eyes peeled for many species of endangered birds from the nearby wildlife sanctuary). Then it is on the cable car down to Lambton Quay where the driver will meet you and take you back to the port.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

    Great way to see Wellington. Unfortunately traveling with 2 teen boys they found this excursion somewhat boring and even fell asleep in the back of the bus. Lovely church, panoramic views and cable car. Lunch stop wasnt as advertised and somewhat disappointing and rushed. Overall,...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank DiannaScholtes
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Hi Dianna, thank you for your review and we are sorry your boys didn't enjoy the tour as there are some great city sights in this tour - the WETA workshop, the unique cable car ride with stunning views and a very interactive visit to...More

    Reviewed 2 March 2019

    Our tour guide, Ian, did a great job with our small group (about 8 people) getting us around to see the sights in the Wellington area. It's a beautiful area and city. Fascinating seeing the government building, Beehive building, and the largest wooden structure in...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank T5684UDmarkh
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2019

    Hello T5684UDmarkh, thank you for your comprehensive review and recommendation to others. We can't ask for more than that. Thank you and kind regards Kim

    Reviewed 1 March 2019

    A very enjoyable day and tour, with a pleasant Driver/ Guide Michele. Interesting places visited with good information.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank david5field
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2019

    Hello David, thank you for your review of our Wellington tour and taking the time to share with others. We are pleased you enjoyed your day with Michelle. Kind regards Kim

    Reviewed 17 January 2019

    Start of the tour was well organized and easy to find being right next to the ship. Bus was clean, modern and Andrew our driver/guide was informative and fun at the same time (5 stars). All the major locations were covered and an appropriate amount...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank pynegar1956
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2019

    Hello Pynegar1956, thank you for your review and taking the time to share your experience with the TA family. We are pleased our services rated five stars with you as that is always our aim. In terms of the fish and chip shop we apologise...More

    Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

    Our tour guide Michelle was awesome! She was very engaging the whole trip. We enjoyed the tour. Thanks heaps! Highly recommended. Best Regards, Erwin and Marilyn

    Thank MORLackar
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

    Hello Erwin and Marilyn, thank you so much for recommending our Wellington tour to others. We are rapt you had a fantastic time. Kind regards Kim

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    It is a 6 hour tour, so if your ship is not going to sail away until 6 pm, you should not have a problem.
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