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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

Combine award-winning wine and gorgeous scenery on a full-day tour from Wellington to Martinborough that also explores Hutt Valley, the Rimutaka Ranges, the Wairarapa coast, and Lake Onoke. You'll visit Martinborough wineries for cellar tours and tastings, pause for lunch in a vineyard restaurant, then eat dinner at the edge of Lake Onoke after a short shoreline hike. This Martinborough wine tour includes meals and a wine tasting, and it's limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

An hour or so north of Wellington, Martinborough is fast making a name for itself as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading wine regions. Each weekend, Wellingtonians make the trek over the Remutakas to escape to this European-style wine village. This small group tour is a convenient way to visit Martinborough. There’s no need to stress about driving on country backroads, and no need to plan the day’s itinerary - leaving you to focus on the wine and the iconic scenery.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Palliser Bay and Coastal Delights Tour from Wellington

Let a knowledgeable guide lead you off the beaten track during this day trip from Wellington to Cape Palliser Bay. Set out from the New Zealand capital to visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi, with stunning views of the rugged coastline. See the North Island’s largest colony of fur seals near Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and stop at a winery in Martinborough for wine tasting. You’ll even discover Middle-earth at a filming site from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Includes lunch and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Valley Movie Tour from Wellington

Although most travellers know Wellington for its walkability, Lord of the Rings fans are often disappointed to find that many of the region’s shooting locations are out of the city and down an unwelcoming rural side-road. On this guided tour of the trilogy’s Wellington locations, your guide takes care of transport so you can focus on the scenery of Helm’s Deep, Minas Tirith and Isengard.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Martinborough Winery Private Tour

Martinborough is known as one of New Zealand's premier wine regions. This private tour takes you to three of the best Martinborough wineries—Palliser Estate, Poppies Martinborough, and Te Kairanga Wines—tastings included. Cellar door experiences let you sample world-class wines. Departure time is flexible, with hotel or port pickup from Wellington.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wellington Craft Brewery Half Day Tour

Wellington, long-celebrated for its bohemian liberal arts and cafe culture, is fast-becoming renowned as New Zealand’s capitol of craft beer. Visit four Wellington and Hutt Valley breweries, tasting a range of tasty local beers at each establishment on this small group day tour designed for lovers of ales, stouts, lagers and everything hoppy in-between.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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5-Hour Rangatira Kapiti Island Eco Experience

An island sanctuary without introduced predators, Kapiti Island is a nesting place for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife; the Little Spotted Kiwi, Kokako and Stichbird have all been re-introduced to the reserve. This tour is the simplest way to visit the island; aside from transport, visitors need a permit to visit the island. Your guide arranges your permit, so you can brush up on your New Zealand bird knowledge instead.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

Across the Cook Strait is the Marlborough Sounds, a cluster of picturesque bays, inlets and islands. Set in one of these bays is the Bay of Many Coves Resort, a luxury hotel that can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. Your helicopter will leave the Wellington waterfront and fly you over the Cook Strait to the Resort. Once there, you’ll be treated to a three-course lunch at the resort’s gourmet restaurant The Foredeck.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wild Wellington - Full Day

Wellingtonians enjoy a special relationship with nature; pockets of bush and native wildlife are dotted in pockets throughout the city’s rugged valleys. On this full-day tour of Wellington, see three different natural environments without leaving the city boundaries. The tour starts with a trek through Otari-Wilton’s bush before crossing through working sheep and beef farm to the south coast seal colony.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Taste Buds Tour: Petone - Half Day

This tour is a great choice for foodies visiting Wellington who are looking for local experiences. Bypass the tourist traps, and enjoy exploring the best food spots in Petone. You'll save time organizing your own transport with pickup and drop-off included. No need to worry about paying for tastings at each venue, as all tastings and lunch are included. Enjoy trying craft beer, chocolate, cured meats, Lambrusco, coffee, yogurt, and much more.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wine, Food and Wairarapa Coast Overnight Tour

This spectacular overnight tour is perfect for travelers who want to take their time and explore the best food, wine, and sights near Wairarapa Coast. The tour gives you the flexibility to choose from different tiered packages that include multiple meals or accommodation. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transport and guide narration along the way. You’ll see a lot in a short space of time, including Kaitoke Regional Park, Matakitaki-au-Kupe seal colony, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Castlepoint, and wineries in Martinborough.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Remutaka Cycle Trail Highlights Tour

Explore the New Zealand countryside while tackling the Remutaka Cycle Trail on this all-day biking tour. You’ll be equipped with a mountain bike and be given a safety briefing at the start of the trail before heading out. Then bike through the native bird-filled Pakuratahi Forest, riding down to Cross Creek. From there, you’ll be shuttled to another section known as the Wild Coast Trail where you’ll cycle to the coast. The tour ends at Orongorongo.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Kapiti Island Day Tour

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s best-kept nature sanctuaries and a predator-free haven for native birds. On this day trip to the island, take a ferry from Paraparaumu Beach and spend your day walking the island, identifying kākā, kōkako, kererū and more with the help of your nature guide. Enjoy a chef-prepared lunch on the island before you head back to the mainland.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: Half Day Taste Buds Tour of Petone

When your cruise ship docks in Wellington's port, spend your time ashore exploring the culinary delights of Petone, one of the city's most historic settlements. Over the course of a half-day, you'll learn about the culinary culture and agricultural history of New Zealand through your guide's commentary and stop at hidden gem restaurants and food shops you might not otherwise find on your own. Sites include a wine shop, a chocolatier, and a brewery; as well as tastes of coffee, fresh cheese, and Italian antipasti.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lighthouses and Lakes Supported Cycle Tour

A scenic cruise across Wellington Harbour, followed by an easy (and usually downwind!) bike expedition around the coast. You'll take in historic places such as the Pencarrow and Baring Head lighthouses, The Porangarahu Lakes and wetland area, Wahine memorial, World War Two bunkers and more, while also gaining fantastic views of the south coast and the Kaikoura Ranges, before finishing your adventure at Turakirae Head and the Wellington region's largest fur seal colony. We'll then shuttle you back to Wellington via Wainuiomata with fantastic views out across the Wellington region. This is an all-inclusive supported daytrip (7.5 hours all up), with all food, equipment, and transport provided, and is suitable for riders of all fitness and ability levels.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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12 Day Southern Explorer Haka Plus Tour

Welcome to the 12 Day Southern Explorer Haka Plus Tour! This tour kicks off in Wellington and wraps up 12 days later in Christchurch. Over the course of your week and a half in Aotearoa New Zealand, you’ll travel through some of the most magical scenery you could hope to see in your lifetime. National Parks, rainforests, mountain ranges, UNESCO World Heritage Areas… everywhere you turn, there’s something different to behold.You’ll have the opportunity to swim, kayak, surf, jet boat, bungy jump, quad bike, skydive, canyon swing, hike, heli hike, bike, luge, horse ride, see kiwis (and whales, dolphins and albatrosses), relax in hot pools, eat and drink like a local, and more! But only if you want to; this is your trip. It’s designed to be flexible – we include some absolute essentials, but let you make the call on what kind of activities appeal to you. You can pre-book the things you are certain you want to do before the trip starts – and then add more on while you’re on tour.
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Hot Rocks ex Wellington - Top Rated Adventure Tour

Our tours offer a totally unique way to explore and enjoy the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. With our department of conservation license we provide you direct access to the most remote and beautiful areas of the country - getting off the beaten track.We combine accommodation in spectacular and remote locations.There's great flexibility to choose your favourite options everyday and with more meals included you will save time and money for the things you love.Top rated in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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From Source to Sea Remutaka Cycle Tour

We will pick you up with a 9am shuttle from your accommodation in Wellington and travel up to either Kaitoke or Maymorn (for a shorter ride). Follow the meandering Hutt River downhill from its source to its end at Seaview, then ride around the coastline to the beautiful Days Bay. You can either drop your bikes off at The Boatshed and go for a paddle on a kayak or SUP, jump on the ferry back to Wellington, or take your 5.30pm shuttle back to your doorstep. 39/46km of moderate riding, suitable for riders with reasonable levels of fitness.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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