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Wellington Cruise Port Tours

The capital of New Zealand, but only its third largest city, Wellington is the geographic and cultural center of the country. Located on the southern tip of the North Island and sitting on a sparkling harbor, it is a primary departure point for ferries crossing Cook Strait to the South Island. With a vibrant arts scene and a variety of galleries, theaters and museums, Wellington has an undeniable charm and energy.

How to Get to Wellington


If you are arriving on a large cruise ship, you will dock at Aotea Quay, located between the Interislander Ferry Terminal and the train station. From there, a walk into the city center is about twenty minutes. You might also take a free shuttle if offered by your ship or catch a shuttle operated by the city, which costs around five New Zealand dollars. Smaller cruise ships dock at Queens Wharf, which is right in the center of town.

One Day in Wellington

Start your day in Wellington by taking the cable car from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Enjoy spectacular views over the city and harbor and then spend some time exploring the hilltop Botanic Garden and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. You can walk all the way down to the city or backtrack and take the cable car back to Lambton Quay.

Next, head to the Museum of New Zealand, also known as Te Papa. Covering five floors, the museum features exhibits and interactive displays telling the story of New Zealand’s past, present and future. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with one of many special cultural performances. Allow a few hours to take it all in and then head to the waterfront to enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes along the quay.

After lunch, hunt down some of Wellington’s famous public art, including various sculptures, a cenotaph, a wind mobile and two stainless steel monoliths. A guide is available from the Wellington City Council. Time permitting, visit the Museum of Wellington City & Sea or the City Gallery before you return to your ship.

Nature enthusiasts may prefer a visit to the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to check out rare New Zealand wildlife, including many of its native birds, while movie buffs will enjoy a “Lord of the Rings” tour, visiting many of the sites used in filming the popular trilogy.

Port Information

The local language is English, with a bit of Maori heard around town as well. The currency is the New Zealand dollar. ATMs are found at major banks and at the train station, which is a five minute walk from Aotea Quay terminal.

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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour, Wellington, null
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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour

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Make the most of your time on this 6 hour highlights small-group guided tour. Visit historic sites, enjoy scenic stops and ride the famous cable car. You will ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.26
Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

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Half day Lord of the Rings location tour brings the best  locations in Wellington City. This is the best way to see Wellington’s Lord of the Rings locations in ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.91
Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the sights of Wellington while your cruise ship is in port, and discover one of the world’s most charming capital cities. See where New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.39
Wellington Sightseeing Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Must See and Fun Tour of Wellington Where your Wellington adventure begins … Features include: Downtown entertainment area of Wellington  ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.83
Wellington Shore Excursion: Martinborough Half Day Winery Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: Martinborough Half Day Winery Tour

Make use of a cruise ship terminal pick up before enjoying a 5 hour guided tour over the Rimutaka Ranges to Martinborough, one of New Zealand's premier wine ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.70
Scenic Shore Excursion of Wellington Highlights Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Scenic Shore Excursion of Wellington Highlights Tour

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Enjoy a 5 hour guided highlights tour of coastal Wellington. Tour highlights include spectacular views at the Mount Victoria Lookout, a scenic coastal drive ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.86
Wellington Shore Excursion: Half Day Taste Buds Tour of Petone, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: Half Day Taste Buds Tour of Petone

Receive a cruise terminal pick up and discover the locally made treats and secret foodie spots in Petone, one of the oldest settlements in Wellington. This ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.09
Private Shore Excursion from Wellington, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Shore Excursion from Wellington

Your tour is fully customisable and subject to your personal preferences. We can start and finish at whatever time suits you. Be collected from ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 1 to 12 hrs

From USD $52.41
Wellington Shore Excursion: From Cave to Coast Highlights Private Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call ... 
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Wellington Shore Excursion: From Cave to Coast Highlights Private Tour

A 5 hour guided highlights tour of coastal Wellington. Tour highlights include spectacular views at the Mount Victoria Lookout, a scenic coastal drive from ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.01
Shore Excursion - There and Back Again: The Full Experience, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion - There and Back Again: The Full Experience

Enter the world of Weta Workshop with There and Back Again: The Full Experience, a guided round trip by Weta Studio Tours! You’ll enjoy return transfers from ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.11

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