4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

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  • Location:Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.


  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Wellington's highlights
  • Discover Wellington's rolling hills, rugged scenic bays and iconic architectural landmarks
  • Don't miss out on must-see attractions including the famous Beehive and parliament buildings, and Old St Paul's Cathedral
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from Mt Victoria
  • Optional cable car ride (own expense)
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Cable Car, Wellington

When your cruise ship pulls into port, explore the city sights of Wellington after pickup by comfortable coach. Start your shore excursion in the suburb of Thorndon to glimpse where the country’s political leaders rule as you pass the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and the cone-shaped Executive Wing called the Beehive. 

See other local landmarks such as Old St Paul’s Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and stroll the Lady Norwood Rose Garden whose air is perfumed by thousands of colorful blooms.

You’re driven to the summit of Mt Victoria to view Wellington from above. Enjoy a panorama that includes Wellington Harbour, a blue bay nestled within the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. 

If you’d like, take an iconic trip on the charming Wellington Cable Car (own expense), riding from Lambton Quay in the city center to the Botanic Garden in the hilltop suburb of Kelburn. Your tour ends with a drive around the city’s scenic inlets en route to your cruise ship at the Wellington port. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Wellington port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Margaret E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Another fabulous tour by Viator...
Our driver Graeme was very knowledable on his home town, and made the tour really interesting.
Lucky for us windy Wellington did not live up to its name on the day we were there, and it was a beautiful sunny day.
The views from Mt Victoria were absolutely stunning, and I particularly loved the Rose garden too...

Narelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We really enjoyed this tour, we saw a diverse range of sights all over Wellington. Sharon, our tour guide, was delightful. We were highly impressed with her diplomacy in dealing with other guests of the tour who didn't follow her instructions. We enjoyed what we saw and her knowledge of the area was amazing. Loved this tour and would highly recommend.

Mark M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Graham our tour guide made the whole experience very enjoyable he is knowledgeable , fun to be around and an asset to the company.
Excellent , highly recommend.

Jillian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Driver knew all the local info.
Managed to get a ride on the cable car from top to bottom.

Apple C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Awesome tour with a friendly tour guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Guide/driver did an excellent job of introducing us to Wellington.

Yun R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great Tour, Very convenient. Strongly recommended.

Nancy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great guide and driver. Exactly what we booked for. Very professional and would recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We were given a terrific trip by the guide. He covered a lot of territory and gave a real feel for the city of Wellington. Even with a lot of cold and rain it was a great tour.

Melinda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

More than our money's worth!

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