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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour

  • 6-hour Wellington shore excursion
  • Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the Wellington Cable Car
  • Look out over Wellington from the summit of Mount Victoria
Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour
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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour
Maximise your time in port in Wellington with a 6-hour shore excursion and take in the highlights of the New Zealand capital. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, take in the views from Mount Victoria, visit the famous Weta Cave, and enjoy free time to explore independently. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
What to Expect

Welcome to the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ – Wellington. Take a wonderful 6 hour tour of this compact and very scenic part of the world.
Experience the best parts of the city with your bona-fide local guide. You will delight in exploring the hills, bays and beaches that the big coaches can’t always get to.

Highlights include:

  • Enter breathtaking Old St Pauls Cathedral, crafted from fine New Zealand timber in the 1860’s. We will even cover the donation entry fee for you.
  • Ride the iconic Wellington Cable Car. The views from the top are stunning! Your fare is included in the tour.
  • Coast along Oriental Parade then enjoy 360 degree views of the city from atop Mt Victoria. You can’t beat Wellington on a good day!
  • Visit the grounds of Parliament and get a photo of The Beehive – home to the offices of our politicians.
  • Drive through ‘Wellywood’ where we stop at Weta Cave – home to the props department renowned for famous movies including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong and more. Please note - unfortunately we don’t have time for the Weta Workshop tour.
  • See a real Oscar statuette at the Roxy Cinema, plus drive past the studios and green screen stages where many movies are made.
  • Visit the national museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Spend an hour exploring the amazing displays (and it’s free!).
  • Soak up the sun (hopefully) next to the seaside at our lunch stop (extra cost).

About us:

Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car.

Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).

Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!

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1 - 5 of 5 reviews

Reviewed 8 May 2018
Great way to see Wellington

I was looking for a tour to that would show me what Wellington was like at the same time I was interested in seeing Weta Studios where Lord of the Rings was made. We got both and as a added bonus our driver Todd was...More

5  Thank travelfan31
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello travelfan31, thank you for your great review. We are so pleased you had a fantastic time and isn't Todd wonderful?! We are very lucky to have him as one of our guides. His knowledge of the LOTR movies is excellent and he also loves...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Excellent Tour

Todd was outstanding. Passionate about his hometown and gave lots of insider information. We were able to get a real feel for Wellington and the surrounding area, it's history and culture. Highly recommend Shore Trips and Tours.More

1  Thank Miker1943
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Hello Miker1943, thank you for your complimentary review and recommendation to others. We are pleased you had a great time with Todd and you're dead right - he's a passionate advocate for his city and loves sharing his place with others. Thanks again. Kind regards...More

Reviewed 21 February 2018
Best City Tour

Todd Rippon was tour guide and was fantastic. We were pickup at the cruise ship port in a group of 11 fellow cruiser off the Solstice. The van was of perfect size and very well kept and clean. Todd is well informed and provided us...More

2  Thank Harvey W
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Harvey, it is such a pleasure to read reviews such as yours. Thank you. Todd is certainly a fantastic guide and loves his 'work', as do all our driver/guides. I will pass on your review to Todd. Thank you again for sharing with others...More

Reviewed 14 February 2018
Enjoyable Shore Excursion

We had an extremely good tour of Wellington which include a ride on the Cable Car ( $4 each way) , morning tea at the Rose garden, tour of the tallest lookout in NZ and the closest to Antarctica ( 5300Klm). Our driver was excellent...More

2  Thank Ian J
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hello Ian J, thank you very much for your review. We are pleased you had a great time in Wellington and enjoyed our guides knowledge and wit. KInd regards Kim

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Great Guide, Great Tour

We loved this tour! Our guide was so genuine and knowledgeable!! There was plenty of time to spend at each stop for soaking it in and for pictures. The cable car ride was fun, and we enjoyed all the scenic views.

2  Thank Kathy G
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Hi Kathy, thank you for your review. Great little city Wellington and we are pleased you had a great time. Kind regards Kim

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Julie B
26 August 2018|
Response from travelfan31 | Reviewed this property |
When we went on the the Shore Tours we visited not only the Cable car, but they dropped us off at the top, we did a tour of the Museum that is part of it and then we rode it down to the bottom where they picked us up for the... More