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Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.

Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

Points of Interest

  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Cable Car
  • Te Papa Museum
  • Wairarapa
  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lord Of The Rings Tour
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Wellington City

More about Wellington, New Zealand Points of Interest

  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden -

    The Wellington Botanic Garden features over 61 acres of landscapes, protected native forest, conifers, and special floral collections including the lovely 3,000 rose-filled Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

  • Cable Car -

    This landmark, constructed in 1902, rises 390 feet from the heart of the city and offers spectacular views at the top. From here, it's an easy walk to the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum.

  • Te Papa Museum -

    New Zealand's national museum is dedicated to the country's culture and environment with a special emphasis on the Māori. Fascinating displays include the colossal squid; at over 1,000 pounds, it's renowned as the world's heaviest.

  • Wairarapa -

    Called the "land of glistening waters" by the ancient Maori, this beautiful rural area not only offers abundant lakes, bays and rivers, it's also at the heart of New Zealand's wine trail.

  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary -

    A 550-acre eco-sanctuary home to New Zealand's rarest and endangered native animals including the tuatara lizard, little spotted kiwi, saddleback and hihi birds, and the giant weta insect. Their 500 year plan is to return the sanctuary to its pre-human origins.

  • Lord Of The Rings Tour -

    An exhilarating journey through the Wellington and Wairarapa regions, where visitors can see locations used in the filming of the blockbuster award-winning movies.

  • Outdoor Adventures -

    New Zealand abounds with spectacular scenery and activities.

  • Wellington City -

9 Excursions

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Best Of Wellington: Shenandoah - A Unique Kiwi Experience

3.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-105 W L G - 1 0 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $199.95

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Local Connections: Te Papa Museum & Cable Car

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-215 W L G - 2 1 5

Easy Activity

From $99.95

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Local Connections: Zealandia Eco Reserve & Otari Wilton Bush

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-220 W L G - 2 2 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $159.95

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The Storm Coast Drive

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-290 W L G - 2 9 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $149.95

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Easy Wellington: City Drive

2 hours | Wellington | WLG-295 W L G - 2 9 5

Easy Activity

From $59.95

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Lord of the Rings Film Locations & Weta Workshop

3.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-310 W L G - 3 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $184.95

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Wellington Delights

3.75 hours | Wellington | WLG-325 W L G - 3 2 5

Moderate Activity

From $284.95

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Wellington by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Wellington | WLG-900 W L G - 9 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $1399.95

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Wellington by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Wellington | WLG-905 W L G - 9 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $1199.95

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