Private Half Day Wellington
Private Half-Day Wellington
This private tour is the absolute most perfect way to spend your time in Wellington. You will have you very own exclusive local, knowledgeable guide who will greet you at the private tours area, to the left as you disembark your ship, and show you to your comfortable transportation where your adventure awaits.
Your half-day tour will delight with breath-taking scenic views and photo opportunities along with the fun of experiencing first-hand some of the local and favorite attractions. This capital city, port, and major commercial center of New Zealand is located in the extreme south of North Island. Residing on the shores and hills surrounding the Port Nicholson, this almost landlocked bay is ranked among the world's finest harbors. Mount Victoria rises 643 feet (196 meters) near the center of the city and Wellington is also in a fault zone and has survived several earthquakes.
Begin by driving past the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and the downtown entertainment district before a drive up to the top of Mount Victoria to see spectacular, 360-degree sweeping panoramic views of Wellington's city and harbor. Have your cameras ready!
Continue around the rugged coastline on your way to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula for your Lord of the Rings experience. This will include a 15 minute visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia, a must for any Tolkein fan, plus more photo opportunities.
Up next, you will drive through the popular Oriental Bay beach, see where the red-carpet area was laid out for the premiere of Lord of the Rings, then experience the largest roundabout in the Southern Hemisphere before venturing through the different parts of the inner city, through the main cafe and entertainment part of Wellington.
Next is a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car (ticket included) which first carried passengers in 1902. After you have travelled to the top in the cable car and visited the quaint museum at that end, you will have more breath-taking panoramic views of the harbor and city, a must on everyone's bucket-list.
Then you will drive through the lovely Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, before seeing Parliament Buildings and its grounds before concluding the tour with a visit to Old St. Paul's cathedral, a beautiful 153-year-old gothic-designed church.
You are then returned to your cruise ship and the pier area, or within the city center if you prefer (in which case you would need to catch the cruise shuttle to return to your ship) to take with you lasting fond memories of your incredible visit to Wellington.
Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 40 guests maximum. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
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