Shore Excursion Details

Highlights of Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

Highlights of Wellington


  • 31/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Limited Accessibility

Discover the historical and scenic highlights of New Zealand's center of government and culture, known as the "Capital of Cool”. A picturesque drive along lovely Oriental Bay toward Mount Victoria offers a spectacular 360 view of Wellington and its well-protected harbor. Visit the Wellington Botanical Garden, established in the 1860s. Strolling through this wonderland of exotic and indigenous plants, you'll see rare specimens of begonias, heritage roses, and aromatic herbs. The lily pond is also worth noting because of its enormous water lilies and the carnivorous plants nearby.

History takes center stage as you drive down Bowen Street, home to New Zealand's Parliament, which has been meeting here since 1865. The most iconic building within this sprawling government complex is the Executive Wing, known as "The Beehive" for its distinctive shape. It provides quite an architectural contrast to the Parliament House, an Edwardian neo-classical building. You'll visit the War Memorial Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. This is the national place for New Zealanders to remember and reflect on their country’s experience of war, military conflict and peacekeeping, and how that experience shapes their ideals and sense of national identity. You'll pass the contemporary Wellington Cathedral before arriving at Old Paul's, the city's former cathedral. Constructed entirely of native timbers, the interior is absolutely stunning, especially the wooden rafters and stained-glass windows. Although no longer a parish church, the cathedral remains a place of great spiritual significance.

You will also drive toward Mount Victoria, which offers a spectacular 360 view of Wellington and its well-protected harbor for a quick photo stop.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hour of walking. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Tour may operate with a driver/guide.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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