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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

More than our money's worth!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We really liked this tour, mostly because our driver was so great- he even extended our tour almost 45 minutes so that we had enough time to see everything. His commentary was always interesting and funny, and it was obvious to all of us that he took pride in showing off this beautiful city! There are lots of cool things to see on this trip, and the views from the top of Mt. Victoria we spectacular!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great tour around Wellington with some spectacular views Craig was very good and informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I would like to start by thanking our guide Ben for a very professional and informative tour.
Highlights of the tour were Wellington's Cable Car and Lookout,Lady Norwood Botanic Gardens and Mt. Victoria's Lookout, and of course Ben's sense of humour and knowledge of his home town.
Elise SA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Really good trip, excellent driver/guide and the trip took in most of the major sights. A good amount of time was allowed at each stop to take photos etc. Good value , well worth it!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We had an excellent tour guide/driver in a mini coach. The lady had not be doing the job for long and was refreshingly honest and hilarious. She ensured that we did not miss any of the highlights and used her feminine charms to jockey the best positions for us. A good all round tour of Wellington and the immediate areas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour guide met us at port with hand sign. Easily found and shown to our bus. Very polite and talkative during the tour with places of interest. Gave us times due back to bus. To keep on time. Drop off in city if chosen and returned to ship via shuttle. Would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Graeme was our driver, picked us up promptly from our ship.We had a small group on the bus, was so great. Graeme talked about all our wonderful sites round Wellington..What a wonderful man. Thankyou Graeme, thankyou Viator..

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