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Full Day Tour of Wellington

By Xplor Tours
Recommended by 95% of travellers
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Ages 0-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 387–420 minutes
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cruise ship pick up
  • Small-group tour or private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Cable Car
  • Entry/Admission - Old St Paul's
What's not included
  • Lunch


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
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P4

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • 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 18 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 Full Day Tour of Wellington?
      How much is Full Day Tour of Wellington?
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      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: 66479P4

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        Wellington, New Zealand
        Joined in June 2017
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Wellington
        This was an awesome way to see much of Wellington in a short time with time left over if you wanted to do more Alan was our tour guide and was extremely nice and informative. We didn’t feel rushed anywhere and as it was a small group we weren’t doing the usual “wait” for stragglers as you generally have in the larger tours.
        Written 15 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
      • SGero67
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour if you’re visiting on a cruise ship and have limited time.🚢
        Picked up directly from where the cruise ship docked. Good overview of Wellington if your time is limited. Thank you to Connie for making the tour very enjoyable and informative. 🙂
        Written 12 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
      • U4770LIcharlesj
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        Excellent tour. We covered more than we expected and our guide Dean was excellent. The bus had excellent leg room a real pleasure. Thanks
        Written 12 April 2024
      • NatalieMeredithhh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Did not disappoint
        Got to see many different sights around Wellington and the tour guide was very informative and accommodating. Perfect tour for when you don't have a lot of time
        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
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        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+
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        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!
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        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.
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      • 893elizabethp
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic
        We had an amazing time. The tour and the guide were fantastic! Highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed the sights and the commentary that went along with the tour.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • Z399BSjuliem
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The driver was excellent
        The driver Marty went out of his way to make sure we were informed of everything along the way and helped my mum on and off the bus
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      • Denise G
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        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
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      300janices
      Copper Mountain, United States12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      Ray our tour guide and driver was incredible! He was not only so engaging but well connected. The only downside was the 1 1/2 hour bus ride from the cruise port to Wellington and then back again!!! It would have been helpful to have known this before we booked this tour. The tour of Wellington only took 45 minutes total so it was a long day, although the scenery was awesome.
      Written 5 March 2020
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      Hi 300jani Thank you for your review it is much appreciated. I think you might have your cities mixed up. It sounds like you are talking about going from Akaroa to Christchurch as this does takes about 1.5 hours from the port and I am aware that the tour of Christchurch itself only takes 45 minutes. In Wellington you are in the city in 5 minutes. Ray looked after you in a full day Wellington Tour not Christchurch. Ray is one of our Wellington guides and is an incredible tour guide full of knowledge and fun. So hopefully when you refer to Ray it is about your Wellington Tour.
      Written 9 March 2020
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      Richard O
      1 contribution
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dion was an excellent tour guide taking us through his beloved Wellington. He was filled with more than historical information but lots of personal anecdotes about the lovely city. We drove many miles around the city and felt we got a very good feel for Wellington on a lovely day after a stormy night at sea. We would highly recommend the all-day tour.
      Written 5 March 2024
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      Glad Dion looked after you all well, and thanks for leaving your review.
      Written 14 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Dawn t
      3 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our driver left 2 people after our first stop. I had to tell him To go back. He let us out at one stop on the side traffic was racing by. It wasn’t safe. I had to tell him every time to turn on his microphone. He hadn’t driven a manual transmission in 30 years and our bus was manual transmission. He stalled several times. The stop he took us to for lunch ( which was not included) was terrible And was the only option we got peanuts, bananas and a drink at a store across the street.
      Written 6 March 2024
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      Dawn, without a surname, I'm thinking your tour was the 5 March. We will be contacting your guide for a full de-brief on what happened, as this is far from acceptable for us, although the minibus he was driving was an automatic. We will follow through on this, and our apologies.
      Written 14 March 2024
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      Svseitz
      McDonough, GA10 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      Wellington, NZ is a bit underwhelming. We made it to all the listed stops but it could be done in 4-hours. The included Weta workshop tour was worthwhile and fortunately guided by a Weta employee. It was cold and windy during our visit to Mt. Victoria so we didn't stay long.
      Written 3 March 2024
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      Kent W
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      Ray picked us up promptly in a nice clean comfortable van. He had us introduce ourselfs, and by the end with the fellow passengers, we were like family.
      We were given a great tour of Wellington. Everything from lookout points to gardens with the City in-between. Ray was knowledgeable and he made it fun. Five Stars!!
      Written 25 February 2020
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      Hi Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. Ray is one of the best tour guides in Wellington. Knows lots about the place and most importantly loves to have fun with his group and sounds like he did that on your tour. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 1 March 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Anne B
      Finley, New South Wales, Australia13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      We had only 4 people on our mini bus. We were pick up at the port and driven over the coast line of Wellington. Our driver was talking the entire way about the region and its history.
      Stopping to take photos or just to grab a coffee.
      Our tour of the Weta Works was fantastic. Our guide was so enthusiastic about his job it was infectious. Amazing place, and to be able to see and touch things , was a great day.
      Written 25 February 2024
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      Glad you enjoyed it & thanks for taking the time to place your review.
      Written 29 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Rachelle G
      70 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      We where on a cruise and had issues getting into Wellington. Xplore was great! Answering emails late in day and helping moving our tour date. The tour was great and on a small bus. A necessary requirement on such small roads. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Small glitch on dinner venues as a lot where closed due to Bank Holiday but he over came to find us something!
      Written 15 February 2024
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      Clemens
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2019
      Richard took us on a full day tour to see Wellington on 21st of August.
      He showed us all the attractions we wanted to see and some more.
      He is very knowledgable but does not overload you with his knowledge.
      It was a perfect sightseeing day for us.
      He did everything in a very nice and outgoing manner.
      Highest recommendations!!!
      Written 2 September 2019
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      Hi Clemens Thank you very much for your review it is very much appreciated. It was a pleasure taking you and Bridget on a tour of my lovely city. We had a few laughs, a bit of fun and I really enjoyed your company for the day. I hope the rest of your stay in New Zealand was enjoyable. Once again thank you for your review.
      Written 3 September 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      KARTHIK
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2022
      I had a great day. The best sightseeing day tour ever. Richard has incredible knowledge about wellington/history past and present. Pretty much covered everything in a day with lunch being included. It was an amazing experience. I promise you won't be disappointed with this tour. Just call or email them how many people are in your group or solo, they'll get it sorted. I also think "YOU CAN'T BEAT WELLINGTON ON A GOOD DAY" - KARTHIK
      Written 15 January 2022
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      Hi Karthik Thank you very much for your review it is really appreciated. I really enjoyed myself taking you around Wellington. We had fun which is what my tours are about learning and having fun at the same time and with you it was so easy. Once again thank you for your review and all the best for the future.
      Written 17 January 2022
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      Denise N
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Couples
      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
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      Great review! We do like to offer a wide variety & it sounds like we hit the target here. Much appreciated
      Written 3 April 2024
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