Recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet, Wellington offers something for everybody. The compact downtown area makes exploring the waterfront promenade easy. Here you will discover funky cafes and restaurants, buskers, lots of activities and entertainment for the entire family and world class galleries and museums.
Not far from the CBD you will find wildlife sanctuaries, a world class mountain bike park and there are lots of water based activities available out on the harbour.
Reputed to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington is well recognized for its diverse range of culinary offerings with most establishments located within easy walking distance of your accommodation.
Wellington is the hometown of movie director Sir Peter Jackson. Many movies have been made in Wellington and the city has even been host to a world premier of one of his famous Hobbit movies. The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a must! The Weta Cave is located in the heart of the suburb of Miramar and allows fans and visitors to see behind-the-scenes of the Wellington film industry with tours, a mini museum and an exclusive film.
In downtown Wellington you will also find a magnificently restored, historic cable car that travels up to the Botanic Garden. The Gardens are among New Zealand’s finest and from here you are provided with spectacular views of the city and harbour.
If you are visiting Wellington on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
Discover and book activities in Wellington . . .
Te Papa Museum (national museum of New Zealand):
You will find fun and interactive exhibits on display at this award winning world class museum. Discover the unique history of New Zealand. There is something to engage all minds and all ages. Admission is free.
Wellington Cable Car:
Ride the iconic Cable Car from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn where you find a lookout with commanding views of the city, the Botanic Gardens and Carter Observatory (including Space Place).
Weta Cave (for movie making magic):
Take a tour of the Weta Cave workshop and get a glimpse of how special effects are created and incorporated into different movie scenes.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Wellington:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting Wellington.
Rimutaka Cycle Trail:
One of New Zealand’s Great Rides, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail connects the city with the Wairarapa Valley. Suitable for all ages, it can be ridden in sections over one, two or three days.
Experience rope bridges, Tarzan swings and flying foxes at Wellington Adrenalin Forrest, all accessed from platforms constructed in the tree canopy.
Sea Coast Safari:
Enjoy a 20 km Sea Coast Safari following the beaches and coastline and through sections of private land to Tongue Point, home to a New Zealand fur seal colony.
Cruises operate between the city and Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of Wellington Harbour and Days Bay. Alternatively hire a sea kayak and paddle around the harbour.
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve:
Located north west of the city, Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is one of New Zealand’s leading conservation islands. Tours to Kapiti Island include some time to relax and enjoy the Kapiti Coast for Kapiti cheese and ice cream tasting.
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