5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location:Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours or 8 hours

Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Get introduced to the cosmopolitan city of Wellington on a small-group sightseeing tour by luxury mini-coach. You’ll travel along the south coast and into the heart the capital, including the suburb of Thorndon, site of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive. Travel by cable car to the summit of Mt Victoria and visit the national Te Papa museum. Choose a half-day itinerary or upgrade for a full day that includes a beach picnic or cafe lunch. Numbers are limited to six people for an intimate experience.


  • Enjoy a full-day small group tour of Wellington's art, culture and natural beauty
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 6 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience
  • Stroll through NZ oldest suburb, Thorndon
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Wellignton city from Mt Victoria
  • Travel to Te Papa and explore the mix of Maori and European history
  • Picnic lunch on the beach or at one of the famous local cafes (full day tour only)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from either the hotel, airport or port

What You Can Expect

Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

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After pickup from your hotel, airport or cruise port, explore the cosmopolitan capital of Wellington and its surroundings by luxury mini-coach on a 4-hour or 8-hour tour. 

A knowledgeable guide transports your small group along the south coast for a glimpse of the South Island from lookout points perched on steep cliffs. See the ruins of the Wahine maritime disaster of 1968, when 51 people lost their lives in Wellington Harbour, and enjoy views of Matiu/Somes Island, a scientific reserve and nature sanctuary. Learn about the island’s history as a quarantine station for immigrant ships to New Zealand as well as an enemy internment camp during World War I and II.

If you selected the full-day tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach or at one of Wellington’s trendy cafes.

A unique ride aboard the Wellington Cable Car takes you to the top of Mt Victoria (Mt Vic) for panoramic views of the city and harbor; this charming transport is one of the few remaining of its kind in the world. 

On a visit to Thorndon, New Zealand's oldest suburb, you’ll visit the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and its domelike Beehive, the government seat. Step inside Old St Paul's Cathedral for a look at the Gothic Revival architecture.

Conclude your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Te Papa national museum where interactive exhibits delve into New Zealand’s Maori and European cultural heritage. Afterward, relax with a convenient drop-off at your starting point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide Craig told us from the beginning that he doesn't usually do this specific tour...but it didn't matter. He did a tremendous job tailoring the tour to focus on the things we wanted to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Mike the Guide was terrific. We had a rainy day and he was able to modify the tour to allow us to maximize sightseeing until the weather cleared. Highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent tour and tour guide. Covered all major attractions and professional introductions in-depth.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We had a great day in Wellington. We were met at ship timely and delivered back with time to spare.
Our guide was a native of Wellington and showed us a terrific day and had lots of history to share.
Souls highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We had our driver (Mike) to ourselves so he was able to personalize our tour to suit. He was very experienced and knowlegeable, showing the essential highlights of a great city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

What a fantastic day, we had a charismatic host Nathan, who made the day all about us. The day was tailored to our wants, needs, and desires. Wellington is such a beautiful city with its unusual layout and quirkiness, Nathan is very passionate about his city and it rubbed off. I initially picked this tour just to fill in a day but I was very wrong, I learnt so much while having fun and got to see so many things that I never would have. We stopped off at a beautiful little cafe by the beach for lunch, went to the Weta studios, Mt Victoria lookout, Parliament and Beehive buildings, Te Papa, Wellington Zoo, cable car, and St Paul's Cathedral. We also stopped off at some unusual spots for some photo opportunities. I cant thank Nathan enough for a warm welcome to Wellington and showing us his wonderful city in a beatiful new airconditioned mini van.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

fantastic even though it rained. we were the only ones on the tour with Mike and he was fantastic and focused the tour on what we wanted to see

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

The guide is very kind and thoughtful. My daughter and I were enjoying the trip. Many thanks.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Brilliant tour- guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and ensured we saw it all.

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