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  • Location:Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Wellington Shore Excursion: Kapiti Coast Including Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary and Battle Hill Park

Take a shore excursion to the Kapiti Coast when your cruise ship pulls into the Wellington port. This full-day coach tour includes a stop at Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary to see New Zealand’s kiwi birds, and a visit to the Southward Vintage Car Museum. Your guide fills you in on local history at Battle Hill Park and Camp Russell and provides a panoramic glimpse of both North and South Islands from Paekakariki Hill. Light refreshments, a cafe lunch, and tastings of locally made chocolates and ice cream are included.


  • Kapiti Coast tour from Wellington
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Battle Hill Park and Paekakariki Hill over the North and South Islands
  • See Camp Russell and Rangiatea Historic Church in Otaki
  • Visit Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary for up-close encounters with local kiwi birds
  • Sample delicious ice cream and locally made chocolates
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Wellington Shore Excursion: Kapiti Coast Including Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary and Battle Hill Park

Ruth Pretty, Kitchen Shop & Cooking School

Your full-day shore excursion to the Kapiti Coast, a scenic region of the southwestern North Island, starts with pickup at the Wellington port. Climb aboard a comfortable coach and depart Wellington Harbour to Pauatahanui Inlet, then journey through the rolling countryside of the Lower Hutt Valley to your first stop at Battle Hill Park.

Listen as your guide describes the mid-19th-century battle between Maori and British forces before continuing on to the nearby summit of Paekakariki Hill. Look out to Kapiti Island and along the stunning coastline from this magnificent vantage point, including a peek at the South Island.

The next stop on your sightseeing itinerary is the former Camp Russell, where US marines were stationed during World War II, now in Queen Elizabeth Park. 

After light refreshments at Ruth Pretty Catering, you’ll visit Rangiatea Maori Church in the town of Otaki. Learn about the historic church, rebuilt since its founding in 1847.

Two sightseeing highlights are up next: Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary and the Southward Vintage Car Museum in Paraparaumu. Get a look at the kiwi bird, New Zealand’s endangered flightless bird, and then peruse a collection of more than 400 rare automobiles owned by such notables as Hollywood starlet Marlene Dietrich. 

You’ll stop for a light lunch at a beach cafe and follow up with a tasting of locally made ice cream and chocolate before returning to the cruise terminal in Wellington.

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 December 2013

tour guide was so kind and did an excellent job of showing us his country and points of interest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The pick up was on time. We were the only 2 people so had the mini bus to ourselves. The driver was very accommodating and we changed the itinerary slightly as we prefered to have longer at the wild life sanctury and didn't want to visit the motor museum. The scenery is beautiful and it was a very enjoyable day.

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