Wellington City Sights
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: wlg-006
The historic sites of Wellington are yours to discover during this scenic orientation tour of New Zealand's Capital City.
Depart the pier for the drive along picturesque Oriental Bay en route to the summit of Mt. Victoria. Upon arrival, you will take in panoramic views and photo opportunities overlooking the city and harbor. You will then continue on through Lambton Quay, Wellington's bustling business and shopping district, before boarding a charming red cable car for the ride up the hill to Kelburn. From here, you will take in more sweeping views of the city below. Afterward, you will re-board your coach for the short drive down through the historic suburb of Thorndon, and a visit to the Wellington Botanical Gardens.
Upon arrival at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, you will take a guided stroll around the Lady Norwood Garden and Begonia House. Next, you will continue on to Old St. Paul's Church, one of New Zealand's finest examples of Colonial Gothic architecture. Designed by the Reverend Frederick Thatcher and completed in 1866, it is constructed entirely of native timber. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to explore the church's interior, which is noted for its beautiful stained glass windows.
Your tour will conclude with a photo stop outside Wellington's interesting Parliament buildings, including the tier-shaped Beehive building housing the executive offices of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the ship. If you wish, you may remain in the city for more sightseeing, then return via shuttle bus to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. This tour may not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.