Wellington: Half- Day City Highlights with Cable Car Ride

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Explore the city of Wellington on a guided tour. Visit the Weta Cave, ride the Wellington Cable Car, and see the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Parliament Grounds, and Old St. Paul's.

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  • Take in the breathtaking views of Wellington's city and harbor from Mt. Victoria
  • Explore the rugged coastline and see the South Island on a clear day
  • Visit the Weta Cave and purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia
  • Ride the iconic Wellington Cable Car and visit the museum at the top
  • See the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Parliament Grounds, and Old St. Paul's


Discover the best of Wellington on a guided tour of the city. Admire the picturesque views of the city and harbor from Mount Victoria, visit the Weta Cave, and take a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car. Start your tour with a pick-up from your meeting point and head downtown past Te Papa and the QT hotel. See St Gerard’s Church and Monastery before driving up to the top of Mount Victoria to see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbor. Drive to Lyall Bay beach, pass Wellington airport, and see some of the rugged coast line. On a clear day, you may see some spectacular views of the South Island. Pass Barrett’s Reef, where on 10 April 1968 the roll on/roll off ferry Wahine hit the reef and capsized near Seatoun during a hurricane resulting in 52 lives being lost. Drive to the Wellington sign on your way to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula for your Lord of the Rings experience with a short visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia and more photo opportunities. Continue around the coastline, passing popular Oriental Bay before venturing through the different parts of the inner city ending up at the bottom of the iconic Wellington Cable Car which first carried passengers in 1902. After you have traveled 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. Drive pass the lovely Botanic Gardens and drive through the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, before seeing Parliament Buildings and its grounds and finally Old St Paul’s Cathedral – one of the world’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Be dropped off wherever you wish within the city center to take with you lasting fond memories of your visit to Wellington.


Guided tour of Wellington Visit to Mount Victoria for city and harbour views Drive through Lyall Bay and along the rugged coastline Visit to Weta Studios for a Lord of the Rings experience Cable car ride to the top for panoramic views Tour of the Botanic Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Garden Visit to Parliament Buildings and Old St Paul’s Cathedral

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  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking Bring a camera for photo opportunities Check weather conditions and dress appropriately Be prepared for a mix of indoor and outdoor activities

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