Wellington Scenic Full Day Tour
- Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: WSFDT
Enjoy a 7 hour private guided tour where you will be taken on a scenic drive around Oriental Bay to head up to one of Wellingtons premier viewing points – Mt Victoria.
We then head around Evans Bay to view the Wellywood sign then onto Wellington’s slice of Hollywood – the suburb of Miramar, the home of several Post Production Studios and the famous Weta Cave and Workshop. We visit the Weta Cave where we embark on the Weta Workshop tour to get a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Weta Workshop helps to craft physical effects and create movie-making magic for some of the world’s biggest films. After your Weta Workshop Tour we come back to the Weta Cave where you can wander through the Cave to purchase a momento from your tour, have your photo taken with Gollum or the Trolls or check out the 20 minute documentary video which outlines the history of Weta.
We continue our drive around the Miramar Peninsula stopping at the magnificent Massey Memorial, the resting place of Prime Minister William Massey and his wife Christina.
Our next stop is at the Eastern suburb of Seatoun where we visit a monument to the 51 people who tragically lost their lives on 10 April 1968 from the sinking of the Inter Island Ferry Wahine. In fact a further 2 people were to die after the tragedy as a result of injuries sustained on that fateful day.
We then head onto the south coast where we visit the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk memorial, the first President of the Republic of Turkey. The memorial looks out over Cook Strait and the site was chosen for its remarkable likeness to the landscape of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The memorial is particularly poignant for Australian, New Zealand and Turkish visitors who commemorate the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign during World War 1.
We now stop for a well deserved lunch at a local South coast iconic cafe for a wine, a Wellington craft beer or another beverage of your choice with your lunch. After lunch we head back towards the city where we visit Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We then head onto Wellington’s iconic Cable Car where we travel up to the suburb of Kelburn admiring the panoramic views over the city and harbour. At the completion of our journey we take a 'behind the scenes' tour with the Cable Car team to understand what's involved in operating the famous Wellington Cable Car.
After our Cable Car tour we take a short drive down to the magnificent Lady Norwood Rose Gardens in Wellington's Botanical Gardens (when in season).
We then have a brief walk around the Parliament grounds where your guide will point out the iconic ‘Beehive’, Houses of Parliament and the Parliamentary Library building. Just around the corner we come to Old St Pauls Anglican Cathedral. The Cathedral is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. The Cathedral is particularly poignant for American visitors. A large contingent of the American Marine Corp were based in and around Wellington in 1942 and many Marines would attend Sunday services. The American Marine Corp flag and the American national flag of that time with 48 stars hang proudly inside the Cathedral.
We now return you to your selected drop off location around 4:30pm to complete your tour with Kaewa Tours.
Bottled New Zealand spring water, refreshments, lunch and entry fees.
Key points to note:
- Itinerary subject to change.
- Weather conditions may result in change to the itinerary. In the event of extreme adverse weather conditions a visit to the Museum of New Zealand-Te Papa Tongarewa or a tour of Parliament Buildings can be arranged in lieu of extreme adverse weather conditions.
- An average level of fitness is required to view the Massey Memorial and Ataturk Memorial.
- If you have any special dietary requirements please complete and submit the 'Contact Us' form.
- Parts of the itinerary are not suitable for wheel chairs and walkers.