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Mt. Victoria Lookout Tours

Mt. Victoria Lookout
Looming out of the land at the end of Courtenay Place, Mt. Victoria is deeply embedded in the life of Wellington’s central city. Standing at more than 640 feet (195 meters) at its highest point, the Mt. Victoria Lookout offers 360-degree views of Wellington stretching out past the scenic harbor.

The Basics

The Mt. Victoria Lookout is a popular Wellington spot and provides impressive views extending on a clear day out to the Hutt Valley in the north, Remutaka Range to the east, and the Cook Strait in the south. A memorial to Antarctic explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd, who used Wellington as his base during his second Antarctic expedition, stands atop the lookout, where there are also information panels detailing the history of the city and the summit.

Mt. Victoria is located in the Town Belt, a series of parks, forests, and green spaces protected from the advances of the city. There are numerous walks in the area, including the steep trail to the lookout, as well as many challenging mountain bike routes. Half- and full-day sightseeing tours of Wellington, as well as shore excursions, frequent the lookout.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Mt. Victoria Lookout is a must-see for first-time visitors to Wellington. It’s also great for families, as there are several playgrounds on the mountain, including an obstacle course just a short walk from the summit.
  • If walking to the lookout, come prepared for a steep and sometimes-exposed climb—pack water and sunscreen, and wear appropriate footwear.
  • Many of the mountain paths are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, but some (including the lookout walk) can be steep. The lookout itself can be accessed only by some stairs from the summit’s parking lot.
 
How to Get There
You can walk to the lookout from any part of Mt. Victoria—just follow the maps along the various paths. Alternatively, catch the number 20 Kilbirnie bus from Courtenay Place to the summit, or drive up along Marjoribanks Street. There is plenty parking at the summit and around the mountain.

When to Get There
Mt. Victoria is a perfect place to watch the sunset. Whether you head up to the lookout moments before or you take some fish and chips up to one of the many parks on the western slope, you’re almost always going to enjoy uninterrupted views of the city. Mt. Victoria is an easy walk year-round, although it can be shrouded in fog on a cloudy day in Wellington.
 
LOTR on Mt. Victoria
A number of Lord of the Rings tours in Wellington stop at Mt. Victoria, where an early sequence from The Fellowship of the Ring was filmed. The hobbits first encounter the ringwraiths on a leafy path just off the Hataitai to City track. The now-immortalized path is clearly signposted at either entrance.
Address: Lookout Road, Hataitai, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

Spend the morning or afternoon visiting Middle-earth on this half-day 'The Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. A guide with insider knowledge entertains Frodo fans on a journey into the scenic New Zealand countryside, plus locales like the Embassy Movie Theatre, site of the world premieres. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at LOTR movie production on a tour of Weta Studios and discover why director Peter Jackson selected this region to film the renowned trilogy along with ‘The Hobbit’ movies.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Scenic Shore Excursion of Wellington Highlights Tour

Getting around all of Wellington’s landmarks and attractions by yourself can be a grind: making sense of bus schedules, working out where the best spots are, finding the time to eat in between activities. This scenic tour offers a chance to visit all the must-see locations highlighted in the travel brochures - the sprawling harbour views of Mount Victoria, the props and memorabilia at Weta Workshop’s Weta Cave, the marine life of Te Kopahou Reserve – without having to worry about micromanaging your itinerary.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small Group Tour

Maximise your time in port in Wellington with a 6-hour shore excursion and take in the highlights of the New Zealand capital. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, take in the views from Mount Victoria, explore the old and new St. Paul's Cathedral, visit the famous Weta Cave, and enjoy free time to explore independently. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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From Cave to Coast Wellington Highlights Tour

Wellington’s south coast is both a popular choice and a missed opportunity for visitors; although a visit to Weta Workshop is a popular choice, many visitors pass up the chance to see the rocky beaches and rough surf that Wellington locals have learned to love. From the Weta Cave to the Taputarenga Marine Reserve, this small group tour offers the full south coast experience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

Combine a tour of Wellington and the Lord of the Rings locations during this half-day excursion from Wellington port. Follow your guide, a LOTR specialist, to locations including the Weta Workshop, the LOTR filming and post-production facilities, and Mt. Victoria. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Wellington port provided. This small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer, ensures an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Ultimate full-day Movie Tour from Wellington

Calling all Lord of the Rings fans who want to explore as many of the trilogy’s filming locations in a day as possible. This tour combines the Valley Movie Set and Wellington Movie Set tours into a full-day of exploring filming locations. See where director Peter Jackson and his scouts created sets—of Helms Deep, Rivendell, Minas Tirith, and more—in beautiful locations around New Zealand. The tours combined make one to rule them all.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Wellington City Sights and Coast Tour

Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 2.5-hour coach tour of Wellington. Your driver-guide points out the highlights, including historic landmarks and iconic buildings such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll stroll through the Wellington Botanic Garden, drive through the suburbs of Seatoun and Oriental Bay, appreciate the vista over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast from Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Whether it’s your first time in Wellington or you just want to see as much as possible during your time in port,, this half-day sightseeing tour offers a great introduction to the city and a diverse range of sights. Visit the iconic Weta Studios and the historic Old St Paul’s Cathedral, ride the cable car to the top of the city, and enjoy panoramic views of Wellington Harbor from the Botanic Gardens and the top of Mount Victoria.
  • Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes
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Wellington Movie Tour

Welcome to Weta Workshop’s home.  The movie industry doesn’t often open its doors!  Here, you’ll be thrilled by genuine, life-size movie props from a number of different contemporary movies.  Learn how Weta turns a director's vision into scenery, models, and figures. Some of the most captivating Hollywood films use Weta's props, and this tour explains why.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: From Cave to Coast Highlights Private Tour

Wellington’s sprawling coastline can be intimidating to explore. This guided tour will take you around all the highlights in around five hours. Starting with views of the harbour and the sprawling Wellington region at the Mount Victoria lookout, you’ll be driven around Oriental Bay, the Miramar Peninsula and the winding southern coastline. In between, enjoy stops at Weta Workshop’s Weta Cave shop, the Wahine Memorial Park and Taputarenga Marine Reserve.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wellington luxury custom sceneic tours

New Zealand’s charming capital is known as a vibrant cultural hub with plenty of attractions to explore. This fully customizable, half-day tour lets visitors choose their own itinerary from a curated list of the city’s best sights. This tour is the perfect option for first-time travelers to Wellington, particularly those looking for experiences catered to their individual preferences.
  • Duration: 3 to 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 to 30 minutes
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