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Half Day Tour of Wellington
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Half Day Tour of Wellington

By Xplor Tours
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About
This tour of Wellington has been especially designed for cruise ship passengers with limited time on land. See and do a lot in an easy day trip, and remove the hassle of navigating public transit in a new city. Visit highlights like the Beehive, Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, the summit of Mount Victoria, and Weta Cave. You'll be amazed by how much you can see in a short time.
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Ages 0-90, max of 30 per group
Duration: 3h 20m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Port or hotel transfers are included
  • An ideal tour for first-time visitors to Wellington
  • Visit a range of natural, historic, and cultural attractions
  • Suitable for travelers with a range of interests and mobility levels

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Cable Car
  • Entry/Admission - Old St Paul's
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Wellington isite Visitor Information Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    The Wellington iSite at 111 Wakefield Steet is the alternative pick up point if you are not arriving off a Cruise Ship or your Hotel is outside of the CBD pick up zone.
Pickup details
  • ******CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM THE PORT IN THE DESIGNATED PICK UP AREA, YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO IN TO THE CITY****** Please select "Toll Aotea Quay" option as your pick up location and enter your ship name in the additional booking details. Your pick-up time will be 45 minutes after the ship has docked (even if your ship has been delayed or arrives early) with 8.45am being the earliest pick-up time. For the convenience of other guests, please ensure you arrive at the tour area promptly as the tour may not wait for you. Look out for the Xplor Tours guides who will greet you. NON-CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER BOOKINGS: Pick up times may differ from tour start times if there are multiple guest pick-up locations. We will contact you in advance of your tour with your estimated pick-up time if this is the case.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Toll, Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Cruise Ship Passenger bookings should select the following option as their pick up location which is the Port: 151 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Cruise Ship Passenger bookings should add their ship name in special requirements field.
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      Which attractions will I visit with Half Day Tour of Wellington?
      How much is Half Day Tour of Wellington?
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      What is the Half Day Tour of Wellington cancellation policy?
      Half Day Tour of Wellington cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half Day Tour of Wellington on Tripadvisor
      Which company provides Half Day Tour of Wellington?
      Half Day Tour of Wellington is hosted by Xplor Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Xplor Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half Day Tour of Wellington on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P1

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        Wellington isite Visitor Information Centre
        Or, you can also get picked up
        See departure details
      • Pass by
        Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
        Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery
      • 1
        Mount Victoria
        Stop: 15 minutes
        See details
      • 2
        Wētā Cave
        Stop: 15 minutes
        See details
        Pass by
        Oriental Bay
      • 3
        Wellington Cable Car
        Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
        See details
        Pass by
        Lady Norwood Rose Garden
      • 4
        New Zealand Parliament Buildings
        Stop: 10 minutes
        See details
      • 5
        Old St Paul's
        Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
        See details
      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Xplor Tours
        548
        Wellington, New Zealand
        Joined in June 2017
      • Adventure50043296187
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Half day LOTR
        A fun tour, with lots of little details and interesting information related to LOTR. Made the trip to Weta a fuller and more complete experience.
        Written 25 April 2024
      • G6948IMtylerl
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best day ever!
        We had SO MUCH FUN!!! Ah there wasn't a single complaint about this tour. It was exciting to see the actual sword of Saurmon and his armor not only that but to see where they filmed the famous "Get off the road!" scene and walk down the path they used to escape the Nazghoul was just chefs kiss. When we come back we are definitely doing the full day tour.
        Written 15 April 2024
      • nicnicw2024
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour
        This was a great tour, our tour guide Richard was very engaging offering lots of information about Wellington in general as well as the Lord of the Rings filming. Highly recommend.
        Written 12 April 2024
      • kyliekeys
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best tour
        Can not recommend this tour enough . Nathan was a great guide and shared his knowledge about for Wellington with us. This was a family trip with adult children and we all had a great day. Nathan was kind enough at the end of the tour to share some tips on where to visit and eat . Thanks for making our day so great .
        Written 12 April 2024
      • geopikey
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Important tour for movie fans!
        I can’t recommend this tour enough! Nathan our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. Nathan showed great pride for Wellington, New Zealand and the local film industry. The tour was well organised and ran very smoothly. We were collected from our ship and were set up with the best information to get the most out of Wellington after the tour.
        Written 9 April 2024
      • Inspire64672015905
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Tour with a great guide
        Richard was amazing, very knowledgeable. Wish we had time to do the full day. He showed us all the good parts of everything and always offered to take photos for us. A+
        Written 8 April 2024
      • lolli30
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Enjoyed the Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour
        Stan was an excellent guide. Tour of filming sites around Wellington was very good. Tour of Weta was also very good. Enjoyed our half day tour!
        Written 4 April 2024
      • markmR8943GT
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        1/2 Day Lord of the Rings Tour
        We had a great tour guide who brought us around the various sites where Lord of the rings was filmed and gave us some great stories about the sites. It ended with the WETA film house which was great.
        Written 1 April 2024
      • denisen486
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent tour. Great for cruise passengers.
        If you are on a cruise ship suggest you do this one instead of the ones from the cruise line. One it is all day so you see a lot more areas surrounding Wellington. Also the Lord of the Ring production and design company is a lot more then just LOTR regarding movie special effects. Excellent tour.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • Denise G
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Over all really happy
        Interesting very formative high recommend great half day out in Wellington. Good value host was knowledgeable and very aware of our psychical status. Eg walking long distances
        Written 25 March 2024
      • mkarasek1
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice to see the filming locations.
        Of course a great tour to see the actual filming locations. Our guide was very knowledgeable a personable. Altogether a nice tour.
        Written 24 March 2024
      • ruthsU9580BY
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour - Amazing
        Our driver and guide was very knowledgeable of the filming locations and scenes from the films. As we traveled between the sites, he shared the rich history of the land and commerce of the area. Additionally he was able to point out where the actors and crew hung out during the filming. The Weta Workshop tour was icing on the cake.
        Written 20 March 2024
      • Roam46249896196
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Top notch tour!
        Lester was an incredible tour guide. This was a jam-packed adventure full of LOTR sights and fun facts. A must-do for LOTR fans traveling in Wellington!
        Written 16 March 2024
      • lindarQ1867HZ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lester was incredibly knowledgeable about the lord of the rings
        Lester was really knowledgable about the lord of the rings trilogy. He was able to answer all our questions and made it a very enjoyable trip
        Written 13 March 2024
      • V7801YQdavidh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A really good experience
        We really enjoyed the experience it was a good insight into how they do the makeup for the movie and make the weapons The the guide from explor Tours was really professional and very informative
        Written 11 March 2024
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      Joli
      Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      The tour consists of a three-hour tour of Wellington and its suburbs. The van is very comfortable and the driver gives an interesting, friendly and at times humorous commentary of the things one can see on the way. The tourists are involved by having some questions asked about general knowledge, they are offered a delicious ice-cream and finally can earn some sweets by answering a few questions about what they saw on the tour. I enjoyed the personal touch, the friendly attitude of the driver and obviously, the interesting things one can see on the way.
      Written 10 February 2020
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      Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. We try and make our tours a bit of fun and personal, so I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 11 February 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      brian prove
      Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      As a group of 6 in Wellington for a day stop over on the Queen Elizabeth we took a sight seeing city trip with Richard as our driver/guide. He was absolutely fantastic. Plenty of history on all the sites, friendly, humorous commentary, even handing out gratis ice cream during the trip and a chocolate gift bag at the end. He then dropped us off back at the wharf. We highly recommend Richard's tour for anyone visiting Wellington.
      Written 5 February 2020
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      Hi Brian Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I am really glad that you enjoyed the tour. I try and make my tours a bit of fun as well as giving you the facts of Wellington. So once again thank you for your review.
      Written 7 February 2020
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      Dolly502014
      Bury St. Edmunds, UK110 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      Ray our guide was entertaining and so knowledgeable. Small mini bus so not too many people to get on and off so no hold ups! We had a great tour all around Wellington and learnt a lot even had an ice cream stop! Ray recommends places of interest for after the tour we went to the museum and saw the Gallipoli exhibition well worth it thanks Ray. One point-please read the instructions on where you are picked up from the cruise ship-four people didn’t and travelled into town and we had to go find them which delayed the tour. Very enjoyable trip book it!
      Written 6 March 2020
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      Hi Dolly50 Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the tour with Ray. It is frustrating when sometimes our guests do not read the pick up instructions as it just delays everything for everybody. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 9 March 2020
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      FellowTraveler760818
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      I just returned from vacationing in Australia with my 88 year old Uncle. While in Wellington, I booked us a private tour with Richard knowing that my Uncle would have certain limitations while touring due to his age. From the beginning of our tour Richard made it clear that he was willing to alter our itinerary however we needed to in order to benefit my Uncle. He was extremely flexible. On top of that, one of the national parks that we were supposed to visit was closed due to recent, heavy rainfall in the region. Richard came prepared with a back-up plan and this diversion from the original plan ended up being one of my favorite parts of the tour. Richard is an interesting person, is willing to share information about his life and is a great guide around Wellington. If you choose to book a tour with Richard, you will NOT be disappointed!
      Written 1 March 2020
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      Hi Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the tour and I always look after people on my tour as that is what it is about being a tour guide. Making sure the customers enjoy themselves while they are with me. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 9 March 2020
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      Maria M
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      We did five city tours on this trip around New Zealand and Xplor tours was by far the best! Richard has an obvious love for his city of Wellington, and this shows in the sharing of his local knowledge, and his enthusiasm in 'showing off' his city. His commentaries and relationships with the passengers were warm, friendly, humororus and entertaining. The many personal touches he included in his tour - the hokey pokey ice-cream, the taking of individual and group photos, his staying in communcation with his clients through email and facebook, the gift of appreciation at the end of the trip with a small bag of 'NZ' lollies ... all added to the overall experience. I felt as if I was a valued customer, and he was making every effort to show his appreciation and making my visit to Wellington a memorable one.
      I have no hesitation in recording this tour to my friends and relatives.
      Written 2 February 2020
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      Hi J1615R Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. We would love to have you back in Wellington. I am glad you enjoyed the personal and fun nature of the tour. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 3 February 2020
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      Judy M
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      As a group of 8 adult friends we had such a fun time doing the Wellington City Tour with Richard as our guide.
      A few of us had been to Wellington before but he showed us things we had missed previously.
      Highly recommended and to top it off, Richard has a wicked sense of humour.
      Loved it!
      Written 3 January 2020
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      Hi Judy Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I am glad that your group had fun on the tour as that is what my tours are about, learning about Wellington but also having fun. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 11 January 2020
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      Simon M
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      A great tour with driver and guide Richard from xplore tours,very knowledgeable great fun, interacts wit( his guests as well as going the extra mile. We had booked the trip separate to the onboard cruise trips offered ,and was planning to pick up the tour in Wellington city centre. This was because the cruise staff insisted that passengers were not permitted to walk anywhere within the port apart from getting onto the shuttle busses into town, or onto the tours booked on the ship. Thus we missed the pick up that was actually available at the port and went to town. Richard the owner was great though when I called him and he came and picked us up in town and gave us and a few others our own separate trip. As I say it was a good trip of around 2.5 hours and just about long enough to see the main parts of Wellington. I definitely recommend xplore tours if anyone is thinking of taking a shorter tour,although I know xplore also offer longer options too.
      Written 11 November 2023
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      Thanks for your great review Simon. Unfortunately the ships make it harder for private tour operators with their instructions to passengers. But glad I was able to retrieve the situation and get you on the tour.
      Written 22 November 2023
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      Sherry R
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2020
      This was our first visit to New Zealand. We booked the tour stateside and we were not disappointed. Richard was fun ,personable, knowledgeable, and right away we felt like we'd known him all our lives. He had a great sense of humor! Bonus.....the ice cream and candies were yummy!!!! If we ever get back we will be looking Richard up again
      Written 15 March 2020
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      Thank you for your review it is really appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I try and have fun on my tours. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 18 March 2020
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      Carrianne
      Devon, UK5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2020
      We had a great trip with Richard today. He was very informative and would thoroughly recommend the tour if, like us, are only in Wellington for a short time and want to see the sights. It was a small group and everyone was friendly. Richard was very informative and also surprised us all with a hokey pokey-ice cream each! Thank you so much Richard.
      Written 1 March 2020
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      Hi Glad you enjoyed the tour and thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated
      Written 9 March 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Dilhani
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      We travelled with two young children and didn't have lot of time in Wellington and hence we selected to do the sightseeing tour.
      We are really happy that we did that which gave a good view of the entire city within couple of hours and much better than a hop on hop off tour because Richard stopped at main attractions to take photos etc.
      Also he gave lot of information and also it was fun to travel with him.
      Written 4 February 2020
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      Hi Dilhani.. Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and most importantly had fun on it. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 6 February 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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