Private Full-Day Wellington
Private Full-Day Wellington
Your private, full-day tour in Wellington will introduce you to the city whose location at the center of New Zealand won the role of the capital in 1865. Today, Parliament and the Beehive building alongside it are national icons. The South Island is wedged between steep hills and the sea where rugged mountain ranges loom beyond the harbor. The diversity of natural resources means within 10-15 minutes, you can be walking or mountain biking in native bush or kayaking around the coastline.
You will have your very own exclusive local, knowledgeable guide who will greet you in the private tours area, to the left as you disembark your ship, and show you to your comfortable transportation where your adventure awaits. Breath-taking scenic views and photo opportunities await along with the fun of experiencing first-hand some of the local and favorite attractions. This capital city, port, and major commercial center of New Zealand is in the extreme south of North Island. Residing on the shores and hills surrounding the Port Nicholson, this almost landlocked bay is ranked among the world's finest harbors. Mount Victoria rises 643 feet (196 meters) near the center of the city and Wellington is also in a fault zone and has survived several earthquakes.
Begin by driving past the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and the downtown entertainment district before a drive up to the top of Mount Victoria to see spectacular, 360-degree sweeping panoramic views of Wellington's city and harbor. Have your cameras ready!
Continue around the rugged coastline on your way to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula for your Lord of the Rings experience with a 15 minute visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia, a must for any Tolkein fan, plus more photo opportunities. Venture into the Weta Cave workshop experience and discover New Zealand's gateway to immersive filmmaking.
Make a stop for a delicious lunch along the way and get a true taste of New Zealand as you try some of the local delectable fare (included in your tour price).
Up next you will drive through the popular Oriental Bay beach, see where the red-carpet area was laid out for the Premiere of Lord of the Rings, then experience the largest roundabout in the Southern Hemisphere before venturing through the different parts of the inner city, through the main cafe and entertainment part of Wellington.
Next is a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car (ticket included) which first carried passengers in 1902. After you have travelled to the top in the cable car and visited the quaint museum at that end, you will have more breathtaking panoramic views of the harbor and city, a must on everyone's bucket-list. Then if you wish you may take a 15 minute stroll through the Botanical Gardens established in 1844 and residing on 64 acres. Discover this idyllic place of beauty, peace and tranquility. Your guide will meet you at the bottom of the gardens.
Continue with a drive through the lovely Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, before seeing Parliament Buildings and its grounds before concluding the tour with a visit to Old St Paul's cathedral, a beautiful 153-year-old gothic-designed church. Make a stop for a leisurely and scenic walk through the beautiful Botanical gardens. Established in 1844 and residing on 64 acres, discover this idyllic place of beauty, peace and tranquility.
You are then returned to your cruise ship and the pier area, or within the city center if you prefer (in which case you would need to catch the cruise shuttle to return to your ship) to take with you lasting fond memories of your incredible visit to Wellington.
Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 40 guests maximum. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.