Palliser Bay and Coastal Delights Tour from Wellington

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Palliser Bay and Coastal Delights Tour from Wellington
from £145.78
Get off the beaten track with this tour to Palliser Bay! Visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi where you can take in the stunning views of this unique coastline. Enjoy visiting the largest fur seal colony in the North Island, where you will be able to experience up-close encounters with the friendly animals. Visit the Cape Palliser lighthouse and also stop in at the charming Martinborough for world class wine-tastings. Relax and enjoy your lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel where you can try their famous ‘Fish and Chips’!
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In Brief

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

After being picked up from your Wellington hotel, relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven through the city center and into the Lower and Upper Hutt valleys. Your knowledgeable tour guide will share interesting facts about Wellington’s history as you travel..

Stop At: Kaitoke Regional Park, Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt 5372 New Zealand

You’ll also see where the Great River Anduin, and visit Kaitoke Park, the location for Rivendell. See where Frodo’s recovery from the sword attack by the Ringwraiths was staged, and take a walk across the swing bridge to see the pristine river flowing below.

Stop At: Martinborough, New Zealand

As your tour continues through the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges, your guide will point out local landmarks. Pass through the rural farming towns of Featherston and Martinborough before reaching the tiny settlement of Lake Ferry, where you’ll stop for lunch (included) at a country-style waterfront inn. On your return journey to Wellington, stop at a Martinborough winery for a tasting of New Zealand’s renowned wines. The region produces a range of wine varieties but is especially prized for its pinot noir.

Stop At: Lake Ferry Hotel, 2 Lake Ferry Road, Lake Ferry 5772, New Zealand

Stop for lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel – and perhaps try their famous fish and chips.

Stop At: Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Cape Palliser Rd New Zealand

After lunch, your tour continues to Cape Palliser Bay, where you’ll have an up-close encounter with one of New Zealand’s largest fur seal colonies. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the 250 steps leading up to the Cape Palliser lighthouse for some stupendous coastal views.

Stop At: Ngawi, Ngawi, Greater Wellington, North Island

Visit the Fishing Village of Ngawi.


  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

148 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Wellington Intl Airport, Wellington New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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

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.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.45 out of 5 based on the last 20 recent reviews

Highly recommend.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Had a wonderful day. Incredible tour. Brilliant scenery. Got taken to sea lion colony. So good. Lovely coffee and lunch. Winery was good. Driver brilliant. Very happy
• Submitted 29 Dec 2017
Long drive but well worth it! Lunch at the Inn was amazing!
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
Beautiful Scenery! Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
Couldn't have wished for a better day. Lovely range of activities and locations with a very genial driver. The weather was great too which helped. The coastlines and views were stunning and I really loved meeting the seals. The perfect day out.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
Really scenic and see a really rugged coastline. Quite a long drive out from Wellington but the scenery on the drive is also amazing.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2016
This tour was wonderful. The lunch was great and the scenery breathtaking. Our driver was great and very knowledgable. The only troublesome thing was trying to figure out where to meet. First it was one spot then another. Good thing I was able to get my e-mail and see that the place had been changed to the train station.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2016
It is an excellent tour. I am excited to see the seal
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
This was an excellent tour, a lot of traveling to get to various areas of the tour but our driver/guide Paul was the best. It was as if we had a friend in Wellington taking us around for the day. We just had some confusion on the pick location but once that was out of the way our tour was perfect.
• Submitted 02 Jul 2013
Perfect day. Our guide Brian was excellent, very knowledgable and definitely went the extra mile. We could not fault anything. The forest trip and seeing the seals at Cape Palliser was a real hi light. Brian's driving was very safe and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. Ross and Julia Walker and Ross and Maxine Houltham.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2013
I would recommend this trip to everyone!
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
Such a good combination of sights, scenery, animals and alcohol! Our guide was great and we loved this trip!
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
I booked this tour for my family who is visiting for a quick holiday. We are most impressed with Sammy our Maori tour-guide, who not only gave us good overview of the sights but most importantly, shared with us the true spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand. Joel the driver, was awesome, he was caring with my elderly mum. Much much appreciated. Well done to Sammy and Joel. I do have one feedback about customer service. My apartment is in Wellington CBD no further from any hotel in the city and yet, we were not picked up from my place even if I said, my parents have mobility issues. I made this request from the get-go. The pick up point was just 5 mins away from my apartment, how hard is it to just drive in front of my building? It would have made a big difference to my mother. This is my 2nd time on this tour, the 1st time, we were picked up. I can't understand why this cannot be arranged this time, just when we need it more. This kind of insensitivity leaves a very bad after taste to me.
• Submitted 18 Apr 2019
We had a really great time. The guide went above and beyond to get us past a road closure to a promised destination. We were lucky to attend on a small day, and so the guide was very personable. Seeing the seals was worth the $$ alone. Lunch was great. I would recommend it to others.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2019
Amazing trip :)
• Submitted 08 Jan 2017
Since I went in winter, I got a personal tour. Nobody else joined the tour! Nice day out, gorgeous weather but chilly. Be prepared for a long day of driving. The LOTR sites are all empty, with no sets, so not that exciting unless you're a Rings fan just for the thrill of being there. The guide's commentary was kinda lame, he just passed out books. Palliser Bay was most exciting, getting right up close to the seal colony among some cold wet rocks be careful! Saw large number of seals, lots of great photo ops. Beautiful scenery and totally worth it for this alone! The winery was OK, small and local, nothing to rave about really. No cheese/crackers to complement the wines. Finally saw Weta digital, just a small tourist spot, but it's fun if you're a Rings fan, cool souvenirs to buy, etc. Note - there are some difficult walking areas on the LOTR tour, there's a swing bridge which is very narrow and sways nervously above a rushing river, wide enough for one person. Also, there's a Lighthouse at Palliser Bay that has 200 very steep stairs up a hillside. They're both optional but just FYI if nervous of heights. I went halfway took some nice photos. Too windy! Also, and this is true of all the tours I did, lunch sucked. Just a lame NZ sandwich which the tour pays for but still. Need more sustenance. Was starving by the time tour ended. Also, if you go in winter get a Marmot hardshell and North Face softshell, and wear layers. You won't regret it! I'm so glad I had mine handy. Plus outdoor shoes, not tennies. Good grip soles.
• Submitted 08 Sep 2008
We had a great tour guide. The highlight of the tour was the intimate views of the fur seals at Palliser Bay. Check out this tour out soon before it is fully discovered.
• Submitted 11 May 2008
Again, most enjoyable, would recommend it to anyone.
• Submitted 24 Oct 2007
Was an amazing experience, possibly a little pricey for what it was but i would recommend something like this.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2014
We booked into this tour as we were not overly familiar with the LOTR movies so thought we should combine some LOTR sights with other more general sight seeing. We found the first half of the tour which concentrated on the LOTR shooting sights interesting. The fish and chips included lunch was also scrumptious. The second half of the tour involved travelling out to Palliser Bay and then a vineyard. This involved a lot of driving so we seemed to be in the car more than outside sightseeing, probably too much distance for a one day trip. Think the itinerary could be restructured to perhaps offer LOTR and then several options, for example there were some small towns we passed that may have been more interesting to browse in. Or perhaps several vineyards could be included. Our son took another Viator tour that focussed on just LOTR, based on his feedback, this seemed to be a lot more interesting and fun, and also tailored for people not familiar with LOTR movies. Our tour experience may also have been impacted by the fact there was just the two of us, we had expected there to be a small group.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2014