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.
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.
Reviews by Viator travellers
Great tour guide !
, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.