One of the best ways to learn about the culture of a city is through its food. With more cafés and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington’s known as the culinary, café and coffee capital and for good reason – many of the city’s fine establishments feature award-winning wines and contemporary cuisine inspired by New Zealand’s rich bounty of fine, fresh ingredients.
Here’s a chance to sample it all with a half-day walking tour around Wellington’s downtown area. You’ll be joined by a knowledgeable foodie who knows some of the capital’s best food places and galleries. And, at the end of your tour, you’ll receive a list of cafes, bars, restaurants, food stores and coffee roasters to enjoy during the rest of your time in the capital.
After lacing up your walking shoes and putting on a hat you’ll board the coach with your guide for the short ride to the heart of downtown Wellington, here you will begin your culinary journey.
Not only will you be able to taste a variety of New Zealand-inspired delicacies but you can also meet the people behind the area’s local foods and discover the city’s history, art and architecture. The leisurely route is approximately an hour’s walking time so wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget to bring your appetite and a camera to capture the sights. During your tour you’ll visit a number of shops and restaurants; all ages are encouraged to join the tour but only those of legal age can sample the wine.
Recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet, Wellington boasts a wealth of downtown sites such as the impressive 112-year-old Wellington Town Hall, the innovative City Gallery and famed Cuba Street, noted for its eclectic mix of establishments and a Registered Historic Area.
Your route and choice of restaurants and cafés may be dependent on the season but each establishment offers an authentic taste of New Zealand. During the tour you may visit a boutique coffee roaster and stylish cafe, a renowned specialist in fresh produce, gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier.
At the end of your tasting tour, you’ll walk on to one of Wellington’s top award winning restaurants for a delicious and light tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines.
At the conclusion of your epicurean journey of sight, scent and taste, you can chose to either work off some of those calories by walking back to your ship or transfer back by vehicle.