HALF DAY WELLINGTON

  • 2-10 People
  • 3 to 3½ Hours
  • All weather
  • Accessible

Half Day Tour of Inner-city Wellington

  • Downtown entertainment area of Wellington
  • Mt Victoria
  • Rugged Coastline
  • Weta Cave
  • Cable Car
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Lady Norwood Rose Gardens
  • Parliament Grounds
  • Old St Pauls
Details of Tour:

Picturesque and unforgettably beautiful, Wellington is nestled around a sparkling, bustling harbour with residential housing extending up the sides of green valley hills. Voted the most liveable city in the world in 2017 and 2018, you will not be disappointed with your tour of our lovely city.

This tour will delight you with breath-taking scenic views and photo opportunities, along with the fun of experiencing first-hand some of our favourite tourist attractions. You will be picked up from your meeting point and we will continue downtown past Te Papa and the QT hotel, seeing St Gerard’s church and monastery before we drive up to the top of Mount Victoria to see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!

We now drive to Lyall Bay beach, pass Wellington airport and see some of the rugged coast line. On a clear day you may see some spectacular views of the South Island. We pass Barrett’s Reef briefly stopping at the Wahine monument, where 52 people lost their lives on 10 April 1968 when the roll on/roll off ferry capsized on Barretts Reef (just a short distance from the shoreline) during a hurricane.

It is time to drive to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula for your Lord of the Rings experience with a 15 minute visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia (for any Tolkein fans) and more photo opportunities. Continuing around the coastline, passing popular Oriental Bay is next on the list before we venture through the different parts of the inner city ending up at the bottom of the iconic Wellington cable car (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 harbour and city. Then it is an easy stroll back down through the lovely Botanic and Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, before seeing Parliament Buildings and its grounds and finally Old St Paul’s Cathedral – one of the world’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture.

You are then dropped off wherever you wish within the city centre to take with you lasting fond memories of your visit to Wellington.

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Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

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Trip Itinerary

If you are wanting a fun and interactive tour, this is the one for you. Our experienced and enthusiastic driver/tour guides enjoy meeting new people, and are passionate about providing a memorable experience for their passengers. Our smaller minibus vehicles provide the perfect opportunity for this.

Picturesque and unforgettably beautiful, Wellington is nestled around a sparkling, bustling harbour with residential housing extending up the sides of green valley hills. Voted the most liveable city in the world in 2017 and 2018, you will not be disappointed with your tour of our lovely city.

This tour will delight you with breath-taking scenic views and photo opportunities, along with the fun of experiencing first-hand some of our favourite tourist attractions.

Stop #1 - Mt Victoria
You will be picked up from your meeting point and drive downtown past Te Papa National Museum and the QT hotel, seeing St Gerard’s church and monastery before we drive up to the top of Mount Victoria for spectacular 360° views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!
Stop #2 - Lyall Bay beach
We now drive to Lyall Bay beach, past Wellington airport and see some of the rugged coast line. On a clear day you may see some impressive views of the South Island. We pass Barrett’s Reef, the scene of our worst maritime capsizing, where 52 people lost their lives on 10 April 1968 during a hurricane.
Stop #3 - Weta Cave
Next is a photo stop in front of our quirky ‘Wellington sign before we enter the area of our movie industry. Here we will make a 15-minute visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia (for any Tolkein fans) and more great photo opportunities with huge troll statues outside.
Stop #4 - Iconic funicular Wellington cable car
Continuing around the coastline, we drive around the popular Oriental Bay before we venture through the different parts of the inner city, ending up at the entry to the iconic funicular Wellington cable car (which first carried passengers in 1902).
Stop #5 - Quaint museum
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 harbour and city.
Stop #6 - Lady Norwood Rose Gardens and Parliament Buildings
Then it is back in the minbus for a short drive to the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, then on to Parliament Buildings to walk in the grounds and learn some interesting facts.
Stop #7 - Old St Paul’s Cathedral
The final stop on our tour is at Old St Paul’s Cathedral – one of the world’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. (Please note that Old St Paul’s is currently not open to the public due to renovations. Estimated opening date is May 2020).
Stop #8 Returned to our starting point
You are then returned to our starting point, or time permitting, wherever you wish within the city centre to take with you lasting fond memories of your visit to Wellington and your Xplor tour with us.

Tour Pricing

3 to 3½ Hour Tour
(12 year and above)
$98/person
  • GST Inclusive
  • Hotel
  • Cruise Ship or Wellington Central City pick ups
3 to 3½ Hour Tour
(12 year below)
$55/child
  • GST Inclusive
  • Hotel
  • Cruise Ship or Wellington Central City pick ups

Reviews

We had such a great time. Everything went over smoothly and our guide was very knowledgeable. I would recommend them to anyone. They really exceeded my expectations. I know I'll be back for sure!
Sally Smith
October 2018
Hop & Vine was recommended to us by a friend, and now I can see why! It was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation. All the food was top notch. The guide was very friendly, experienced, and professional which made it a real treat.
Doug Martin
September 2018
Amazing; Great locations, food, and awesome guides. We had an excellent time. We were a big group, but easily accommodated by Hop & Vine. The food was amazing, the weather was perfect, and it was really fun.
Gary Jones
July 2018

Adult $98
Child under 12 $55

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