Cruises to Wellington
Nestled between a beautiful harbour and lush green hills, Wellington offers a sophisticated city experience.
In 1865 Wellington became New Zealand’s capital and, in spite of the fact that Auckland is a larger city, Wellington has remained the political centre with more than 40 established embassies. It is separated from the northern tip of the South Island by only a 32 kilometre stretch of water known as the Cook Strait. The strait seems to funnel every slight breeze into a gust of wind, which has seen the city receive the nickname "Windy Wellington".
At A Glance
179,466 (2006 census)
English and Te Reo Maori
New Zealand Dollar
Wellington Shore Tours
Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port
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.
Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.