Thanks to forum ppl for help on the public transport question.
Having considered doing what we would like to do in Wellington (including laundry) and using public transport to get about, would we benefit from hiring a car for the day.
We are in port (arriving on a cruise ship in November) until late at night. If we hired a car, but still wanted to go up on the cable car and visit Te Papa are there parking options?
It would give us more flexibility, but may or may not be practical.
I also wondered (if we found we had time) how easy/quick is the route out to Massey Memorial. We do enjoy scenic drives, but this may be unrealistic in terms of time getting there and back.
It is one thing to think Wellington is small so it's easy to 'do' everything, but it's an entirely different scenario doing it, so I value local advice/input.