Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

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Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour
from USD $46.19
Important, if you are arriving off a cruise ship please book our other tour for a port side pick up.

Discover the highlights of Wellington on this guided 3-hour Sightsee Wellington coach tour around New Zealand’s beautiful capital city. Admire local landmarks and historic buildings, including icons such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. From Mt Victoria, enjoy panoramic views over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast, and drive through pretty suburbs including Seatoun and Oriental Bay. Visit parts of the Wellington Botanic Garden and take an optional ride on Wellington’s iconic red cable car. You'll see and learn more with your expert guide for an excellent overview of Wellington.
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In Brief

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
3 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hammonds Wellington Tours, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington 3382 New Zealand

Throughout your tour, your guide provides informative commentary on the history and sights of Wellington. You can also get great tips on dining and local hot spots. You’ll see so much in a short time on this tour of New Zealand’s dynamic capital, making it a great introduction to this beautiful city.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

Pick up any additional passengers if required.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Wellington Cable Car, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

The cable car is one of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions. At the top you will gain some of the most beautiful views of the harbour and city. If you would like to do the iconic Cable Car journey you can purchase a ticket for $5 upon arrival.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Cable Car Museum, 1A Upland Road, Wellington 6012 New Zealand

Once you arrive at the top of the Cable Car, call in to the Cable Car Museum if time permits and take your photo on top of the old Cable Car.

Stop At: Wellington Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, 6012 New Zealand

Disembark at the Wellington Botanic Garden, which features both native and non-native species on a gorgeous 62-acre (25 hectare) property.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lady Norwood Rose Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, Wellington 6012 New Zealand

Wander the Begonia House and Lady Norwood Rose Garden where formal gardens showcase more than 3,000 roses.

Keep your eye out for the silver fern. A feature of the gardens are the major seasonal floral displays.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: New Zealand Parliament, Molesworth Street, Wellington 6160 New Zealand

Admire the architecture of New Zealand’s Parliament buildings, including the unusual design of the Beehive (aka Executive Wing) and the neoclassical Parliament House.

It has four floors below ground and also has tunnels linking the Beehive with parliamentary offices across the street in Bowen House. You will have a chance to stop and take photos outside The Beehive.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Wellington Cenotaph, Corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street, Wellington New Zealand

This is the memorial where citizens of New Zealand and Australia commemorate the ANZACs (those who fought in World War 1 and World War 2).

Pass By: Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, Cnr Hill and Molesworth Street, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

Passby the Wellington Cathedral of St Pauls the mother church of the diocese of Wellington.

Stop At: Old St Paul's, 34 Mulgrave St Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

Note: This attraction is currently closed for earthquake strengthening and is expected to reopen in January 2020 (TBC).

Wellington's famous St Pauls constructed entirely of native timbers is one of New Zealand's great heritage places. Hop off the bus here to have a look inside with your guide.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

You will drive by the architecturally significant Wellington Railway Station which stands at 23.5m tall and 105.5m long.

Stop At: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

The Wellington Museum is currently replacing the Old St Pauls Church stop while the church is earthquake strengthened.

You will have time to briefly explore the exhibits of the Museum.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington New Zealand

You will drive past the Wellington Waterfront which includes some key attractions including the Wellington Museum and New Zealand's National Museum Te Papa. Walk down the waterfront after your tour and enjoy lunch lunch or a drink at one of the many bars, restaurants or cafes.

Pass By: Oriental Bay, Oriental Parade, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

This popular and scenic area is home to some of the best real estate in the city as well as some funky cafes and gorgeous restaurants. Come back here after your tour for a walk along the beach or a photo at the boatsheds.

As you head back to the coast and pass through picturesque suburbs such as Oriental Parade, Seatoun and Thorndon, hear stories about historic shipwrecks off the South Coast and take in the vibrant atmosphere of the Wellington waterfront.

Pass By: Carter Fountain, 150 metres in the harbour opposite Oriental Parade, Wellington New Zealand

You will passby the Carter Fountain which is located 150m out into Wellington Harbour along Oriental Bay. It was named after its benefactor Hugh Carter who tragically drowned 4 days after its inauguration.

Stop At: Breaker Bay Road, Wellington 2004 New Zealand

You will drive through Breaker Bay where you will briefly stop to hear the story of the Wahine disaster.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tarakena Bay, Moa Point Road, Wellington 6003 New Zealand

Stop to take photos of the rugged coastline at Moa Point

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lyall Parade Lyall Bay, Wellington 6003 New Zealand

This is a popular surfing beach for the locals but don't be fooled as the water is coming straight from the Antarctic. You will have a couple of photo stops in Lyall Bay and will be able to take in the rugged coastline.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mount Victoria, Alexandra Lookout Rd, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

Soak in the scenery as your coach climbs to the summit of Mt Victoria. From the lookout, enjoy panoramic city views and a bird’s-eye perspective of the rolling hills and rugged bays that surround Wellington.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

Travelers can make a request to be dropped off at Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand at the end of the tour.

Pass By: Embassy Theatre, Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington New Zealand

Passby the historic Embassy Theatre originally built in 1924 and is a place recognised with historic and cultural significance which also hosted the world premier of The Lord of The Rings.


  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Cable car
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Cable Car

Departure Point

i-SITE Bus Pickup Point, 148 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Good tour took in many sights. Bus driver knowledgeable and helpful. My only criticism was the Windows were dirty so unable to take photos. The driver stopped at various places but not able to do so in the city, if the windows were clean photos could have been taken from the bus.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
We were stumped by the beauty of Wellington. Loraine was so passionate and patient in taking us around her town. The time that the tour takes is 2 hours ideally, but she does not mind even if the tour goes on for half an hour more. She was knowledgable, funny and extremely good driver. She took us around all the key sites and shared some lovely information about each of it. But what we loved the most is the coast of Wellington and understanding the lifestlye of the people who live in the city. I would surely recommend this tour to all the travellers who visit Wellington.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Took this tour in June 2019. Our driver/tour guide, Jack, was friendly and knew the sights in Wellington. He was accommodating and patient. The tour itself gives you a nice “overview” of Wellington. The 2.5 hours were sufficient for such kind of tour - it wasn’t too tiring or hectic as well. Although the short time meant that the tour would be tight. We didn’t have much time to go around the Wellington Museum. It’s all good though as the drive around the city was nice and relaxing. Will definitely recommend this particular tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
It was a comfortable bus, and we were hosted by a personable guide. The tour itself had multiple stops and lots of info.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
This was the best organised tour thanks to your company. Due to weather conditions our ship had to change course and all our timings were out. I was concerned that we would miss out, but no, Viator was totally up to date and notified us in plenty of time. We were picked up at the wharf and returned in time to board our ship. Wonderful driver, he had a great knowledge of Wellington and his co driver was also very pleasant and helpful. Don't hesitate with this company. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip.
• Submitted 12 Apr 2019
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
lots of great views and information
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
Really enjoyed. Worth the money!
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Really enjoyed my recent Wellington City Tour - our driver made sure we arrived at the various places of interest at different times to the tours organised by our cruise ship, so no crowds to contend with. Commentary was interesting, bus was very comfortable and having fine weather that day certainly added to the experience.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
Had a great local guide who took us all over. He went out of his way to make sure we saw as much as possible, along with entertaining commentary.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2018
Fun and good tour to see what you need to see in Wellington. Guide was good informed. Recommend this one!
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
Our tour guide was knowledgeable. Less expensive to book with Viator then the cruise ship. We were picked up at the port.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
We throughly enjoyed our visit to Wellington. Our driver was very friendly and informative.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
The Wellington City Sights and Coast Tour was a half day excursion that found our group of travellers experiencing Windy Wellington, but this did not detract from the experience. It gave us an opportunity to see the beach areas around Wellington as well as the city sights and an enjoyable trip down on the cable car from the peak of Mount Victoria. It was informative in as much as I did not realise that Wellington has also suffered from earthquake damage and repair and demolition work is ongoing, although not to the same extent as Christchurch. A good half day excursion. Craig Smedley Melbourne Australia
• Submitted 23 Feb 2018
Short tour but well worth it, providing a terrific overview and much interesting information on the capital city of New Zealand. After the tour, we loved visiting the National Museum of New Zealand on our own. It's real life exhibit of World War 1 is more than amazing.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Great tour to get an over view of the city. Includes a trip on the cable car which is well worthwhile.
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
Enjoyed the trip with Joel as our guide. Some tour can be stuffy and full of statistics, Joels knowledge of Wellington was first hand and informative and we had sufficient time at the landmarks. Would recommend this tour
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
Excellent tour for short stays in Wellington
• Submitted 22 Jan 2018
This is well worth the trip and change. Start early; it can be a little exhausting, but in a good way. Provides a good overview of the city and area as way to plan your visits. On another day visit the Lower Hutt - lots of little local shops; if you like BBQ, Check out Uncle Mike’s Kansas City BBQ.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
We got to see many of the coastal attractions at Wellington. Our driver was very accommodating and friendly.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2018
I was the only tourist on this trip but my driver/guide was an absolute delight. I would highly recommend this tour to other visitors.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2017
An enjoyable, well organized tour.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Really good tour, and we got to ride the cable car as well.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2017
The bus driver was a mineful of information, The roads were hairy compared to Australia but not once did I feel afraid. His driving skils were amazing and the trip was everything we wanted to see in Wellington in a short tie
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017