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Wellington Sightseeing Tour
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Wellington Sightseeing Tour

By Xplor Tours
Recommended by 97% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
This tour of Wellington has been especially designed for cruise ship passengers with limited time on land. See and do a lot in an easy day trip, and remove the hassle of navigating public transit in a new city. Visit highlights like the Beehive, Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, the summit of Mount Victoria, and Weta Cave. You'll be amazed by how much you can see in a short time.
from
$59.10
per adult
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$59.10
per adult

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Ages 0-90, max of 20 per group
Duration:
3h 20m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Port or hotel transfers are included
  • An ideal tour for first-time visitors to Wellington
  • Visit a range of natural, historic, and cultural attractions
  • Suitable for travelers with a range of interests and mobility levels

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Cable Car
  • Entry/Admission - Old St Paul's
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Cruise Ship passengers will be picked up at the port in Wellington as they disembark 45 minutes after the ship's arrival time. PLEASE STAY AT THE PORT.
  • Wellington, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North Island The tour starts at the bus stop just down the road from the I-SITE, opposite the Amora Hotel
  • Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand The tour may start at the port if your vehicle is full otherwise there may be additional pick ups. Please note we will pick you up at the port 45 minutes after your ship has berthed.
  • Ports:
  • Wellington
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Cruise ship passengers will be met in the private tours area to the left of the ship as you disembark. DO NOT take a shuttle into the city
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Wellington Sightseeing Tour?
How much is Wellington Sightseeing Tour?
Wellington Sightseeing Tour price starts from $63.83. Discover and book Wellington Sightseeing Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Wellington Sightseeing Tour cancellation policy?
Wellington Sightseeing Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Wellington Sightseeing Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Wellington Sightseeing Tour?
Wellington Sightseeing Tour is hosted by Xplor Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Xplor Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Wellington Sightseeing Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P1

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery
  • 1
    Mount Victoria
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Weta Cave
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Oriental Bay
  • 3
    Wellington Cable Car
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • 4
    New Zealand Parliament Buildings
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Old St Paul's
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Norman I
Norman I
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Join a tour, you won't regret it!
Did this tour and one of Wellington both led by Richard. Both were marvellous, so good to be guided round by som
lucymN2833PX
lucymN2833PX
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Not all those who wander are lost
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.You step onto the road, and if you don't keep our feet, ther
Atrombs
Atrombs
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Amazing!
Doesn't get any better than Richard. So knowledgeable and passionate about his city! He's also a great conversation
jenniferc476
jenniferc476
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Great LOTR tour in beautiful Wellington!
Richard was a wonderful guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Despite no sets still on site, he made the LOTR sit
ExpatinMA
ExpatinMA
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Excellent Day with Richard
We had an excellent day with Richard as he took my family around Wellington.... my kids had a wonderful time going
tanis2
tanis2
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Wonderful tour,,, Great wine, food and sites !!!!
Excellent tour. Great selection of wineries and lunch at Poppies was superb. Richard is a great guide would absolu
Paula K
Paula K
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Amazing tailored tour of Martinborough wineries
Richard took group of 6 of us around Martinborough. We all had a blast and felt very wel looked after!
Lorraine C
Lorraine C
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Fabulous experience. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Had such a fantastic day on our wine experience around Martinborough. Richard is a top class tour guide, with exten
emmabM2178GJ
emmabM2178GJ
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A day of laughs and wine!
We were fortunate enough to have Richard as our guide on our tour of the Martinborough wineries. He is very knowled
kjbabu
kjbabu
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EXCELLENT!! EXCELLENT!! EXCELLENT!!
I had a great day. The best sightseeing day tour ever. Richard has incredible knowledge about wellington/history pa
Neverbefore21
Neverbefore21
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Wellington Must-See Tour
We were picked up from our overnight stay by an amazing guide. She was friendly, chatty and so informative. As firs
NadineLister
NadineLister
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WOWW (World of Wonderful Wine Tour)
Our group of ladies visit Wellington every year for WOW - no show this year but we came anyway and decided to ventu
573raymondd
573raymondd
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Unexpected delight
What an entertaining and unexpected delight this tour was. So glad that we did it. So different from the normal.
WesternGardener
WesternGardener
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Fantabulous Tour for our group of 40 from Radiance of the Seas
From my very first contact with Richard Bialy in February 2019 to the actual tour in March 2020, his commitment to
garyn564
garyn564
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Moving experience
We did the Shenandoah tour from a Viking ocean cruise with Richard. It was an amazing experience learning the hist
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rfc997
Bryn Mawr, PA16 contributions
Sunday 2/2/2020 was a quiet and dreary day in Wellington, New Zealand but it turned out to be a great travel day. At the center city Tourist Information Center, my wife and I found and booked the reasonable priced Wellington City Tour from Xplor Tours. In a very comfortable van, Richard (Ray Meadows), our driver and guide, took us to most Wellington attractions. Like all good tour guides, Richard provides us excellent background information at each stop. He also showed us the best spot for our photos and pitched in to take our pictures. His great personality and sense of humor made this trip fun and enjoyable despite of the constant whining of and tantrum thrown by a 3-year old in the van. Not only that Richard was not affected, he, at times, told jokes to lighten up all of us including the girl’s parents. We also appreciated that Richard let us to make changes to the company’s itinerary and that he turned down an additional afternoon shift in order to give us a little more time to relax and enjoy our visit. We had a great time and hoped to come back to visit Wellington again in the near future.
Written February 28, 2020
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Richard B
Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. So glad that you enjoyed the tour. Did not even notice that you had a whining 3 yr old on the tour. Once again thank you for your review.
Written March 1, 2020
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VIANZ
San Francisco20 contributions
Richard hosted us for a half-day tour of Wellington & made it the most magical city in the world. Blessed by a sunny day, his knowledge and commentary brought the city to life. It was a treat that my 89 year old father keeps speaking about still. Highly recommended!
Written December 6, 2021
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Richard B
Thank you for your review it is really appreciated. I am glad that your dad still talks about the trip. It was a pleasure showing you the sights of Wellington. Once again thank you for your review.
Written December 8, 2021
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farrugiac1957
1 contribution
Our cruise liner docked in Wellington harbour where there is a free shuttle service to the town centre - the second shuttle stop is very close to the Wellington I-site Visitor information centre where we bought the Wellington Highlights Tour for NZ$58pp. This is a 3.25hour tour which covers most of the important features in Wellington. Our driver/guide, Richard, was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and conducted the tour in a very informative, casual fun way and managed to retain our attention throughout the tour with his clever approach! He was very accommodating to all the group’s requests and even treated us to ‘surprise treats’ along the way (I won’t give away his surprises here). It was certainly a good value for money tour. Richard said we were his only tourists of our nationality but we are certainly going to work to remedy that as we intend to highly recommend this tour. Thank you Richard for a lovely experience of Wellington!
Written February 6, 2020
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RichardB9061
Hi Farrugia Thank you for your review it is really appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and had fun which is what I try and do on my tours. I think I know who you are and I look forward to seeing many more people from your country on my tours. Once again thank you for your review
Written February 8, 2020
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Lisa
3 contributions
Our tour guide Richard was fantastic. He made sure we had fun, was very informative and accomadting to our group.
With limited time he made sure we saw Wellington and even supplied ice creams.
We loved every minute of our 3 hour tour and highly recommend Richard to anyone who is looking for a fun, well organised tour of Wellington.
Thanks Richard and we love the photos.
Written January 31, 2020
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RichardB9061
Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the tour and the Hokey Pokey ice creams. Once again thank you for the review.
Written February 1, 2020
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Joli
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
The tour consists of a three-hour tour of Wellington and its suburbs. The van is very comfortable and the driver gives an interesting, friendly and at times humorous commentary of the things one can see on the way. The tourists are involved by having some questions asked about general knowledge, they are offered a delicious ice-cream and finally can earn some sweets by answering a few questions about what they saw on the tour. I enjoyed the personal touch, the friendly attitude of the driver and obviously, the interesting things one can see on the way.
Written February 10, 2020
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RichardB9061
Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. We try and make our tours a bit of fun and personal, so I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. Once again thank you for your review.
Written February 11, 2020
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brian prove
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
As a group of 6 in Wellington for a day stop over on the Queen Elizabeth we took a sight seeing city trip with Richard as our driver/guide. He was absolutely fantastic. Plenty of history on all the sites, friendly, humorous commentary, even handing out gratis ice cream during the trip and a chocolate gift bag at the end. He then dropped us off back at the wharf. We highly recommend Richard's tour for anyone visiting Wellington.
Written February 5, 2020
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RichardB9061
Hi Brian Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I am really glad that you enjoyed the tour. I try and make my tours a bit of fun as well as giving you the facts of Wellington. So once again thank you for your review.
Written February 7, 2020
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Dolly502014
Bury St. Edmunds, UK103 contributions
Couples
Ray our guide was entertaining and so knowledgeable. Small mini bus so not too many people to get on and off so no hold ups! We had a great tour all around Wellington and learnt a lot even had an ice cream stop! Ray recommends places of interest for after the tour we went to the museum and saw the Gallipoli exhibition well worth it thanks Ray. One point-please read the instructions on where you are picked up from the cruise ship-four people didn’t and travelled into town and we had to go find them which delayed the tour. Very enjoyable trip book it!
Written March 6, 2020
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Richard B
Hi Dolly50 Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the tour with Ray. It is frustrating when sometimes our guests do not read the pick up instructions as it just delays everything for everybody. Once again thank you for your review.
Written March 9, 2020
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FellowTraveler760818
1 contribution
I just returned from vacationing in Australia with my 88 year old Uncle. While in Wellington, I booked us a private tour with Richard knowing that my Uncle would have certain limitations while touring due to his age. From the beginning of our tour Richard made it clear that he was willing to alter our itinerary however we needed to in order to benefit my Uncle. He was extremely flexible. On top of that, one of the national parks that we were supposed to visit was closed due to recent, heavy rainfall in the region. Richard came prepared with a back-up plan and this diversion from the original plan ended up being one of my favorite parts of the tour. Richard is an interesting person, is willing to share information about his life and is a great guide around Wellington. If you choose to book a tour with Richard, you will NOT be disappointed!
Written March 1, 2020
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Richard B
Hi Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the tour and I always look after people on my tour as that is what it is about being a tour guide. Making sure the customers enjoy themselves while they are with me. Once again thank you for your review.
Written March 9, 2020
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Raerae
1 contribution
A very informative tour about the sights of Wellington; we learnt so much about the Wellington area, information and places we would never have known or seen. Richard was friendly, funny and he made it feel like you had known him before. The Hokey Pokey ice cream treat was spot on. We highly recommend this tour, if you want to have an amazing experience that will leave you hoping there was more time ...
Written October 9, 2020
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Hi Oasisglen Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I try and have fun on my tour so I am glad that you enjoyed it and had fun. Once again thank you for the review.
Written October 14, 2020
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Maria M
2 contributions
We did five city tours on this trip around New Zealand and Xplor tours was by far the best! Richard has an obvious love for his city of Wellington, and this shows in the sharing of his local knowledge, and his enthusiasm in 'showing off' his city. His commentaries and relationships with the passengers were warm, friendly, humororus and entertaining. The many personal touches he included in his tour - the hokey pokey ice-cream, the taking of individual and group photos, his staying in communcation with his clients through email and facebook, the gift of appreciation at the end of the trip with a small bag of 'NZ' lollies ... all added to the overall experience. I felt as if I was a valued customer, and he was making every effort to show his appreciation and making my visit to Wellington a memorable one.
I have no hesitation in recording this tour to my friends and relatives.
Written February 2, 2020
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RichardB9061
Hi J1615R Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. We would love to have you back in Wellington. I am glad you enjoyed the personal and fun nature of the tour. Once again thank you for your review.
Written February 3, 2020
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