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John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour

Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4 801 6040
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Ranked #24 of 46 activities in Wellington
Type: Tours
Owner description: John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour lets you see Wellington the way YOU want to! Our loop will take you to the best sights and attractions in Wellington.... more » Owner description: John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour lets you see Wellington the way YOU want to! Our loop will take you to the best sights and attractions in Wellington. Experience panoramic views from Mount Victoria; observe native birds in our world-class wildlife sanctuary; enjoy a coastal drive around the bays; explore beautiful historic buildings; find our more about New Zealand's heritage at Te Papa, our national museum - the list goes on! Hop off at any of our 18 stops along the way, explore the attractions at your own leisure, and then hop back on an hour later. Or if you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 2-hour scenic tour of Wellington. Your ticket is valid for 24-hours so the choice is yours! As you travel around our loop you will interact with our friendly guides who have lots of knowledge and local stories to share with you. « less
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Dunedin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We booked to go on this tour as a way of getting out to parts of Wellington that weren't in walking distance of where we were staying. It's important to note that this isn't your usual double decker bus hop on/off tour, but a minivan with a very knowledgeable driver instead. The need for the minivan becomes apparent once you... More

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Magdeburg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We chose to do this tour sicne we only had one full day in Wellington and wanted to see as much as possible. I recommend looking at the stops in advance and finding out where you want to spend your time and what you can look at after the tour, because it only picks up once an hour and runs... More

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The company uses small comfortable buses and provides a very friendly and personalized service. The tour was comprehensive and gives you the opportunity to hop off and see sights that you would like to investigate in detail. Our driver made a special trip with us as the only passengers to Zealandia and returned to pick us up right on the... More

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This had just changed hands when we used it. Maybe a wee bit expensive but the driver (Bruce I think) was really helpful. Very informative about all sorts of things in Wellington

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We used John's service during our recent trip to Wellington as my kids wanted to see the city. We found the driver to be very knowledgeable, and great at answering all our questions about a city I have not spent much time in for some years. The fact that we were able to go anywhere a car could go rather... More

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

The advertised stops were not signposted. The 'bus' did not arrive as per the timetable on the brochure. Far from being a hop on hop off tour we were told that this was the last trip of the day, so you could not hop on/off, this was at 2pm. The commentary was cursory. It was an expensive disappointing outing. Not... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This tour is not your normal big bus experience, the vehicles are small and there is a nice vibe where you get to meet other travellers if you so wish. The driver gave a very relaxed, informal kiwi-style commentary. We stopped off for a couple of hours at Zealandia which was an amazing place and this alone justified the cost... More

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Okotoks, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We booked this tour, and off course it was not all cheap. This was a whistle stop tour of the great city of Wellington. The tour guide either did not know about the attractions or he did not care. We wizzed by the attractions, if you blinked you would have missed it. Also, the tour was in a van, not... More

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John M, Owner at John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We are disappointed that you did not have a great time on our tour. Our price of $45 is quite reasonable especially for those people who make the most of it by using our service for the entire day. It is actually one of the cheapest tours in Wellington... More

Cambridge
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I feel terribly disappointed with this tour. This is Wellington, the capital of NZ. As a tourist I'm expecting a sightseeing bus tour with a commentary and some interesting facts about the city, it's origins, it's history etc. I'm not expecting a man and a van ( ok it's an 8 seater mini bus) whizzing around the city on a... More

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John M, Owner at John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Firstly we are not a pure sightseeing tour. We are a Hop on Hop off tour. Our main purpose is to provide transportation to the many attractions that Wellington has. If you are wanting to stay on for a 2 hour loop (and not get off at any of the attractions) this tour is of... More

qld
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

It is not your typical hop on hop off service like most cities. We felt it was too expensive and when we wanted to hop off we had to tell them when we wanted to be picked up. (And to suit their pick up times.) How would we know how long we were going to be there, we have never... More

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John M, Owner at John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We do operate the same as open top busses except with a smaller vehicle! This way you can interact with fellow passengers and the driver and not get lost in a back of a bus. Mini buses are ideal for Wellington City due to the many steep and narrow streets we have. For the majority... More

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