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Full-Day Small-Group Tour in Palliser Bay with Lunch

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Visit the largest seal colony in the North Island
  • Visit a Lord of the Rings site at Kaitoke
  • View the beautiful Cape Palliser Bay Lighthouse
  • Enjoy lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel
  • Delight in wine tastings in Martinborough
Lunch
Wine tasting
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

148 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Wellington Intl Airport, Wellington New Zealand


Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
On a scenic day trip to Cape Palliser Bay, discover a Lord of the Rings filming site located right at Wellington’s doorstep. After hotel pickup, listen to fascinating facts about Wellington’s history and enjoy the scenic drive into the Lower and Upper Hutt valleys. Continue on to find Middle-earth’s Great River Anduin and visit Kaitoke Park, aka Rivendell. See where Frodo recuperated from his sword attack by the Ringwraiths and, if you’re feeling adventurous, cross a swing bridge suspended over the rushing river below.

Continue on to find Middle-earth’s Great River Anduin and visit Kaitoke Park, aka Rivendell. See where Frodo recuperated from his sword attack by the Ringwraiths and, if you’re feeling adventurous, cross a swing bridge suspended over the rushing river below.

Your guide remarks on the area’s natural landmarks as you journey through the Rimutaka and Tararua ranges and the country towns of Featherston and Martinborough. You’ll have time for lunch in Lake Ferry, provided at a waterfront inn.

Then continue your tour through the lovely coastal scenery of Cape Palliser Bay, where you’ll get up close to the largest fur seal colony in the North Island. If you wish, huff up the 250 steps to Cape Palliser Lighthouse for more spectacular views.

Then relax on the return drive to Wellington, stopping for wine tasting at a Martinborough winery, including the region’s prized pinot noir, before hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hammonds Wellington Tours
After being picked up from your Wellington hotel, relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven through the city center and into the Lower and Upper Hutt valleys. Your knowledgeable tour guide will share interesting facts about Wellington’s history as you travel..
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaitoke Regional Park
You’ll also see where the Great River Anduin, and visit Kaitoke Park, the location for Rivendell. See where Frodo’s recovery from the sword attack by the Ringwraiths was staged, and take a walk across the swing bridge to see the pristine river flowing below.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martinborough
As your tour continues through the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges, your guide will point out local landmarks. Pass through the rural farming towns of Featherston and Martinborough before reaching the tiny settlement of Lake Ferry, where you’ll stop for lunch (included) at a country-style waterfront inn. On your return journey to Wellington, stop at a Martinborough winery for a tasting of New Zealand’s renowned wines. The region produces a range of wine varieties but is especially prized for its pinot noir.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Ferry Hotel
Stop for lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel – and perhaps try their famous fish and chips.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
After lunch, your tour continues to Cape Palliser Bay, where you’ll have an up-close encounter with one of New Zealand’s largest fur seal colonies. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the 250 steps leading up to the Cape Palliser lighthouse for some stupendous coastal views.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ngawi
Visit the Fishing Village of Ngawi.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Hammonds Wellington Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Small-Group Tour in Palliser Bay with Lunch?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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Traveller Tips


  • "The pick up point was just 5 mins away from my apartment, how hard is it to just drive in front of my building?" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Great tour guide !
Excursion50145388303
, Apr. 2019
I booked this tour for my family who is visiting for a quick holiday. We are most impressed with Sammy our Maori tour-guide, who not only gave us good overview of the sights but most importantly, shared with us the true spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand. Joel the driver, was awesome, he was caring with my elderly mum. Much much appreciated. Well done to Sammy and Joel. I do have one feedback about customer service. My apartment is in Wellington CBD no further from any hotel in the city and yet, we were not picked up from my place even if I said, my parents have mobility issues. I made this request from the get-go. The pick up point was just 5 mins away from my apartment, how hard is it to just drive in front of my building? It would have made a big difference to my mother. This is my 2nd time on this tour, the 1st time, we were picked up. I can't understand why this cannot be arranged this time, just when we need it more. This kind of insensitivity leaves a very bad after taste to me.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2019
Hi there, thank you for your kind words about Sammy and the tour. We're glad you enjoyed the tour. And thank you for your feedback regarding the pickup. We are sorry that this didn't meet your expectations and we certainly will be taking this on board for the future. Nga mihi Janet
star-4
Friendly guide, stunning views
Daydream52291329089
, Apr. 2019
We had a really great time. The guide went above and beyond to get us past a road closure to a promised destination. We were lucky to attend on a small day, and so the guide was very personable. Seeing the seals was worth the $$ alone. Lunch was great. I would recommend it to others.
star-4
Excellent Adventure
Companion44219947386
, Mar. 2019
I had a great day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept our day very interesting. It was a small group.
star-5
Had a wonderful day. Incredible...
Kathryn B
, Dec. 2017
Had a wonderful day. Incredible tour. Brilliant scenery. Got taken to sea lion colony. So good. Lovely coffee and lunch. Winery was good. Driver brilliant. Very happy
star-5
Long drive but well worth it! Lunch at...
Jon S
, Dec. 2017
Long drive but well worth it! Lunch at the Inn was amazing!
star-5
Beautiful Scenery! Our tour guide David...
david b
, Jul. 2017
Beautiful Scenery! Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Couldn't have wished for a better...
frankokowalczuk
, Jul. 2017
Couldn't have wished for a better day. Lovely range of activities and locations with a very genial driver. The weather was great too which helped. The coastlines and views were stunning and I really loved meeting the seals. The perfect day out.
star-5
Really scenic and see a really...
Robert
, Dec. 2016
Really scenic and see a really rugged coastline. Quite a long drive out from Wellington but the scenery on the drive is also amazing.
star-5
This tour was wonderful. The lunch...
Irene B
, Dec. 2016
This tour was wonderful. The lunch was great and the scenery breathtaking. Our driver was great and very knowledgable. The only troublesome thing was trying to figure out where to meet. First it was one spot then another. Good thing I was able to get my e-mail and see that the place had been changed to the train station.
star-3
Was an amazing experience, possibly...
Kelly C
, Sep. 2014
Was an amazing experience, possibly a little pricey for what it was but i would recommend something like this.

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