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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.


  • Enjoy a full-day small group tour of Wellington's art, culture and natural beauty
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 6 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience
  • Stroll through NZ oldest suburb, Thorndon
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Wellignton city from Mt Victoria
  • Travel to Te Papa and explore the mix of Maori and European history
  • Picnic lunch on the beach or at one of the famous local cafes (full day tour only)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from either the hotel or port

What You Can Expect

Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

St Gerrards Monastery, Wellington

After pickup from your hotel or cruise port, explore the cosmopolitan capital of Wellington and its surroundings by luxury mini-coach on a 4-hour or 8-hour tour. 

A knowledgeable guide transports your small group along the south coast for a glimpse of the South Island from lookout points perched on steep cliffs. See the ruins of the Wahine maritime disaster of 1968, when 51 people lost their lives in Wellington Harbour, and enjoy views of Matiu/Somes Island, a scientific reserve and nature sanctuary. Learn about the island’s history as a quarantine station for immigrant ships to New Zealand as well as an enemy internment camp during World War I and II.

If you selected the full-day tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach or at one of Wellington’s trendy cafes.

A unique ride aboard the Wellington Cable Car takes you to the top of Mt Victoria (Mt Vic) for panoramic views of the city and harbor; this charming transport is one of the few remaining of its kind in the world. 

On a visit to Thorndon, New Zealand's oldest suburb, you’ll visit the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and its domelike Beehive, the government seat. Step inside Old St Paul's Cathedral for a look at the Gothic Revival architecture.

Conclude your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Te Papa national museum where interactive exhibits delve into New Zealand’s Maori and European cultural heritage. Afterward, relax with a convenient drop-off at your starting point.

Customer Reviews

Kara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Laura was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide.

Paul L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent guide. Excellent tour. Would recommend it.

Lynette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was excellent, just four couples from our ship. The guide took us all over Wellington, stopping at various sites, treated us to a coffee, tea, or soda and something sweet to eat. We could easily ask questions and felt we'd really seen Wellington.

Michael V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide, Lara, was fantastic. We loved every moment of the tour.

Bradley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide Craig told us from the beginning that he doesn't usually do this specific tour...but it didn't matter. He did a tremendous job tailoring the tour to focus on the things we wanted to see.

Ruolin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015


Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Mike the Guide was terrific. We had a rainy day and he was able to modify the tour to allow us to maximize sightseeing until the weather cleared. Highly recommend this tour

Sienna Na W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent tour and tour guide. Covered all major attractions and professional introductions in-depth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We had a great day in Wellington. We were met at ship timely and delivered back with time to spare.
Our guide was a native of Wellington and showed us a terrific day and had lots of history to share.
Souls highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We had our driver (Mike) to ourselves so he was able to personalize our tour to suit. He was very experienced and knowlegeable, showing the essential highlights of a great city.

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