Cruises to Wellington
New Zealand Cruises
Head to Windy (but oh-so pretty) Wellington and discover a beautiful harbour, spectacular countryside, gourmet food, adventure tours, Lord of the Rings studios and a sophisticated city you’re sure to love. With so many things to do, the best way to experience and explore Wellington is on a P&O Shore Tour.
Flavours of Wellington
Take a leisurely stroll and discover delicious food with a friendly local guide on our Flavours of Wellington Shore Tour. Taste typical local treats like homestyle baking, regional cheeses, seasonal fruit, chocolate and local coffee. Hear fascinating local stories from your guide, and enjoy a 25-minute panoramic minivan drive for a great overview of this beautiful city.
Explore Windy Wellington
On the Explore Windy Wellington Shore Tour, travel past some of Wellington’s most famous icons before arriving at Otari Wiltons Bush – the only botanic garden in New Zealand, completely dedicated to native plants. Head to Tinakori Hill for fabulous views over Wellington and the harbour. Get up close and personal with the New Zealand fur seal at a seal colony. Travel to Terawhiti Farm and learn about the area’s fascinating history, including gold mining, then visit the leaning lighthouse, a Wellington landmark usually only seen from the Cook Strait Ferry.
The Storm Coast
Take a scenic Storm Coast Shore Tour drive along the magnificent coastline that has claimed many shipwrecks and is dotted with quaint villages and quiet bays. Follow the harbour past Petone, where Wellington’s first settlers landed. Enjoy Kiwi-style hospitality Pencarrow Lodge, Pencarrow Station, located at the entrance to the harbour. See a farm dog demonstration, hear an informative talk about the property and enjoy the beautiful scenery. See Wellington’s hidden lakes, New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse and historic Maori sites.
Best of Wellington
Experience the Best of Wellington Shore Tour at Te Papa museum, Mount Victoria and downtown Wellington. Discover Te Papa’s Maori taonga treasures and history. Hear how early Maori gathered food, medicines and materials from the forest, and appreciate this truly unique culture. Take in the city sites from Mount Victoria, the city’s favourite lookout, with 360 degree bird’s eye views of the city and surrounds. Travel to the famous Beehive Parliament building for an unforgettable photo stop.
In the Footsteps of Lord of the Rings
Experience Middle Earth and visit locations featured in the film trilogy In the Footsteps of Lord of the Rings Shore Tour. Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lord of the Rings with a visit to director Peter Jackson's custom built Weta Workshop, the production studio behind Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar, and King Kong to name a few. The story of the creative process is told and guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew using the props, models and weapons made for the movies.
Calling at Wellington
P&O cruises to New Zealand from either Sydney or Melbourne. All departures call at Wellington as well as other amazing destinations.
At A Glance
179,466 (2006 census)
English and Te Reo Maori
New Zealand Dollar
Wellington Shore Tours
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Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.
What To See
The Parliament precinct
The Parliament precinct includes the Edwardian Parliament House, the Neo-Gothic Library and the modern Beehive. Located just across the road are the National Library and National Archives where the original Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, is on display.
Wellington Cable Car and Botanic Gardens
Wellington Cable Car takes visitors from the Lambton Quay terminus up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens for great views over the city and harbour. Take a pleasant stroll downhill to the spectacular Lady Norwood Rose garden, or head to the nearby Cable Car Museum and Carter Observatory.
The National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
Located on Wellington’s waterfront, this interactive and extraordinary museum explains New Zealand’s rich cultural history by telling local stories. Incidentally, Te Papa is the most visited museum in Australasia.
Only a stone’s throw from the top of the Cable Car is New Zealand’s national observatory, where “Big Bang” science meets Maori mythology. Discover stories of Polynesian celestial navigation and check out New Zealand’s newest digital planetarium, focusing on the skies of the southern hemisphere.
Visit WETA Cave
Come face to face with characters, props and displays from your favourite movies, at WETA Cave – a fun concept store featuring a mini museum, theatre and shop. Lord of the Rings fans should not miss this. Combine a visit here with our “In The Footsteps Of The Lord Of The Rings” tour which takes in the scenes where the epic trilogy was filmed. With the amount of modern film releases to come out of Wellington recently, the locals now refer to their city as “Welly-wood”.
Get out of the city
See rugged beaches and seals with a tour along Wellington’s spectacular south coast, or visit Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary - a world-first conservation attraction. Another popular attraction on Wellington’s doorstep is Hutt Valley, which offers stunning scenery, breathtaking views, buzzing cafes, great shopping as well as leading museums and galleries.
Your ship will dock in Wellington harbour, approximately 1.3 kilometres from the city centre or an approximate 25-30 minute walk.
Taxis are available pier-side and throughout the city or for a small charge shuttle buses will be available pier-side to transfer you into the city.
Wellington is New Zealand’s culinary capital. It is famous for tucked-away bars, quirky cafes and award-winning restaurants. There are at least a dozen Wellington coffee roasteries downtown where you can enjoy a cup or two. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
An ideal shopping destination, Wellington retains a boutique feel in its compact downtown area, which is just two kilometres from one end to the other. The highest concentration of shops is based along Lambton Quay, Customhouse Quay, Willis Street and Cuba Mall. Old Bank Shopping Arcade on Lambton Quay, has a collection of top boutiques, including “Kirkcaldie and Stains”, Wellington’s landmark department store, while Blair and Allen Streets in Courtenay Place are excellent for art and Maori crafts. Te Papa’s museum store also has a great range of souvenirs.
Wellington’s maximum average temperature in summer is just over 20 degrees, and its average minimum temperature is approximately 13 degrees. In winter the average maximum is 11.3 degrees and the minimum is 6.2 degrees.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available at the pier terminal and throughout the city. Internet access can be located in town. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
What to Wear Ashore
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets windy or starts to rain.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Wellington. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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