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Get a behind-the-scenes look at nine ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations around Wellington and learn about the filming of movies based on the popular books. On a tour of the New Zealand countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, take a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell, and step into Weta Studios for a movie production tour of digital special effects. Your guide shares insider gossip on how the movies were made and takes you to a themed lunch.
See the top attractions of Wellington on a hop-on hop-off minibus tour that follows a route throughout the capital city and its outskirts. You can hop off at any of the stops to explore points of interest such as Mt. Victoria Lookout, Wellington Zoo, Wellington Botanic Garden, or the Te Papa Museum on your own. Your guide points out sights such as Parliament and the cable car on this group tour that can accommodate up to 20 people.
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. 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.
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 Cave and the historic Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, ride the Wellington cable car to the top of the city, and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria.
Journey out to Wellington’s south coast, looking out over the Cook Strait, and visit the region’s only fur seal colony. Journey out to Karori Rock’s ‘leaning lighthouse’ to meet this thriving community of once-endangered critters. Tea, coffee, and snacks are provided so you can relax and watch the seals in this isolated area that even many Wellingtonians don't know about.
The hills around Wellington offer a spectacular backdrop for a cycling tour, but you don’t need to worry about biking uphill. This 4-hour electric bike tour takes all the effort out of cycling, so you can concentrate on admiring the sights and enjoying the views.
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.
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.
View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.
Just off the Kapiti Coast is Kapiti Island, a bird and nature sanctuary free of predators and pests. This overnight experience offers the one-of-a-kind opportunity to stay overnight on the otherwise uninhabited island. Try one of the island’s many walking tracks and spot native birds in the canopy. Later, enjoy a chef-prepared meal in your luxury accommodation and then head out with your guide to look for New Zealand’s endangered, nocturnal national icon - the kiwi.
Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 3 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.
Get a personal introduction to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s premier museum based in Wellington. This 1-hour guided tour provides an overview of the museum’s interactive exhibits, artifacts, fine art and natural history displays so that you can better explore the collection on your own. You’ll get a deeper look at Maori cultural heritage and colonial history with an expert guide who share insights and offers suggestions for galleries that might suit your interests.
Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary and home to some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary wildlife. This 2-hour guided walking tour will introduce you to native birds such as kakariki, tui, and bellbirds; rare species like takahē; and unique reptiles including green gecko and tuatara. Entrance fees are included.
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.
When you ship docks in Wellington, explore New Zealand's vibrant capital city while getting fresh air and exercise on an electric bike tour. Ride along the Wellington Waterfront and Miramar Peninsula, pedaling past beaches, urban landmarks, and residential neighborhoods with a guide and small group. Stop often to snap photos, and use the bike’s battery power to easily scale Mt. Maupuia for stellar views over the city and coast.
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.
Gain entry to Zealandia at night and take a guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition, which showcases New Zealand’s natural history. Interact with a life-size model moa and Haast’s eagle — both extinct — and learn about the country’s conservation efforts to preserve other native species. Located just minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia includes a night tour of Sanctuary Valley, a fenced eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal and bird species such as the nocturnal little spotted kiwi.
Get a 60-minute introduction to the highlights of Te Papa’s ‘taonga,’ meaning a ‘cultural treasures’ in the Māori language. While admission to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is free, a small-group tour with a museum guide offers more insight on the enrich your understanding of this unique culture.
With annual festivals like ‘Wellington on a Plate’ pushing local chefs to constantly innovate, it’s little wonder that the coolest little capital has also become the culinary capital of New Zealand. This half day foodie tour of Wellington offers travellers the chance to look behind the scenes and visit, among other artisans, a local coffee roaster, a gelateria, peanut butter market and a chocolatier. This tour is a whirlwind introduction to Wellington’s unique culinary scene.
Explore Wellington’s key sites on a half-day shore excursion that’s designed to make the most of your time. You’ll tick off a long list of sightseeing highlights as you stand atop Mount Victoria, tour the south coast, and visit surrounding villages. Portside pickup cuts down on time in transit; instead, you'll use every minute to experience New Zealand’s vibrant capital city.
So let’s get straight to the point. You want to visit 3 of our best Breweries? You want to taste some of the best beers you’ve possibly ever tasted? You want to get introduced to a Brewery that you will possibly talk about forever? How about meet the people who make the brews? You have a shorter amount of time but want to fill that up with as much flavour as possible? Well buckle up spaceman, this skyrockets about to take flight.
First up we’ll head to Fork & Brewer, the home to over 40 brews on tap, then it’s off to Fortune Favours where good fortune will favour you after one of their beers and finally, Whistling Sisters who's ethos is to experiment and create new tastes, (Tuesday - Friday), or Heyday Beer Co, where the decor is just as hip and cool as their innovative brews. (Saturday's and Sunday's).
"We don't want to give you just a tour, we want to give you an experience".
The whole Wellington region is known for its mountain biking, but visitors often stick to the shorter central city trails to avoid hiring a car. On this tour, enjoy a longer ride through bird-filled native forest, over bridges and through rail tunnels. Equipment, transport and food are taken care of - all you need to is to be ready and dressed at your accommodation.
Sightseeiing & wine tour. The perfect tour for cruise ship travelers and tourists staying in the City.
Join Brian or Anita on this fun and exciting tour to the vineyards of Martinborough to taste the regions exquisite wines and also see and stop at places of beauty on our way. We will drive through the Hutt Valley region. We will visit the Lord of the Rings filming site at the Kaitoke Regional Park and walk across the swing bridge.
We stop at the Rimatuka Lookout.
You will enjoy wine tasting at three vineyards and enjoy a platter style lunch at one of the vineyards
We will visit Paua World, a gift and souvenirs shop in Carterton
Walk through the iconic historic township of Greytown where the main street is lined with Victorian colonial architecture. The town also has a number of boutique and quirky local stores such as art and craft shops .
Coffee and tea stop at Grand Old Hotel
Visit C'est Cheese in Featherston where you can taste or purchase from an impressive range of unique NZ .
We make Wellington easy for you. On your private tour you will explore our inner city, historic buildings, our beautiful beaches and hills.
Learn about our history, our people & our earthquakes from a passionate local.
Enjoy flexibility, informed conversation, individual attention, personal space in our comfortable vehicle and the opportunity to connect with the Wellington that locals love.
Why chose a uTours private tour:
Travel only with your friends (maximum 6).
Your tour will be personalised to reflect your interests, pace & time requirements.
Your vehicle is cleaned thoroughly between tours.
You will be met on time at an agreed location, usually your accommodation.
We will communicate with you quickly and clearly.
You will be driven safely, have fun & be well looked after.
At the end of your tour, you will have a good sense of Wellington.
Available as a shore excursion, based on your ship's schedule.
uTours – where it's all about Wellington and all about you!