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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.


  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Wellington's highlights
  • Discover Wellington's rolling hills, rugged scenic bays and iconic architectural landmarks
  • Don't miss out on must-see attractions including the famous Beehive and parliament buildings, and Old St Paul's Cathedral
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from Mt Victoria
  • Optional cable car ride (own expense)
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Cable Car, Wellington

When your cruise ship pulls into port, explore the city sights of Wellington after pickup by comfortable coach. Start your shore excursion in the suburb of Thorndon to glimpse where the country’s political leaders rule as you pass the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and the cone-shaped Executive Wing called the Beehive. 

See other local landmarks such as Old St Paul’s Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and stroll the Lady Norwood Rose Garden whose air is perfumed by thousands of colorful blooms.

You’re driven to the summit of Mt Victoria to view Wellington from above. Enjoy a panorama that includes Wellington Harbour, a blue bay nestled within the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. 

If you’d like, take an iconic trip on the charming Wellington Cable Car (own expense), riding from Lambton Quay in the city center to the Botanic Garden in the hilltop suburb of Kelburn. Your tour ends with a drive around the city’s scenic inlets en route to your cruise ship at the Wellington port. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Wellington port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

peter l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent day with great driver.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The bus driver was great, it was a great tour route and we enjoyed the whole thing

Wendy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Even though it was a wet and windy day ... Very informative tour and great highlights of Wellington.

Kymberly P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Got the full effect of Windy Wellington....tour was fantastic with great information from the guide. Highly recommend.

philip c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved this tour and the commentary from Simon the driver. Local knowledge makes travelling and exploring so interesting. The beautiful rose garden and the info about the quakes and capital outstanding . Remarkable scenery and views. John from Victoria


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A good value tour for the visitor spending little time in the City and wishing to experience the highlights. Highly recommended.

Denis L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great tour brought back memories of when we were there many years ago


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was exceptionally good and took us all around Wellington. We were very impressed with the botanical garden


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic guide, beautiful, sunny day, stunning city. The inner city is not very attractive,--which is only a 3 m2 area of the entire city. The hills and the suburbs are very beautiful. Lovely visit tho the botanical gardens, nice ride on the cable car. Recommended tour.

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great way of seeing the Wellington sights. Driver excellent.

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