Wellington is a sophisticated yet friendly city - and for cruise travellers has both urban excitement within and untouched nature spots.
Nestled between a picturesque harbour and forest clad hills, Wellington boasts museums, galleries, boutique shopping, trendy cafés and fine restaurants. The national museum of Te Papa is a favourite among visitors and locals alike.
Wellington's compact size makes it easy to walk around and its proximity to the ocean and native forests makes it an ideal place to enjoy nature. It's no surprise Lonely Planet labelled Wellington “the coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook.
Take a step back in time at Zealandia, just 10 minutes from the cruise terminal– a 500-year conservation plan in action and a wonderful place to wander. If you have time, go and see endangered fur seals on Wellington’s South Coast.
Cruise ships arriving into Wellington berth at Aotea Quay. All passengers are shuttled on and off-port; there is no walk or taxi option available and rental cars should be booked for central city pickup.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by friendly volunteer Wellington City Ambassadors who can supply you with maps and important information such as what to do and where to find money changing facilities. Passengers are dropped off in downtown Wellington outside Parliament Buildings. If you’re looking for local assistance you can call into the Wellington isite Visitor Information Centre(opens in new window).
Wellington is a compact city, ideal for exploring on foot. Great shopping can be found on Lambton Quay, while some of New Zealand’s best restaurants, cafés and bars are in Courtney Place, about 35 minutes’ walk from Aotea Quay, or 15 minutes’ walk from Queen’s Wharf.
It’s easy to get around the inner city and surrounding suburbs on Wellington’s modern public bus network. A bus to locations in the central city will cost approximately NZ$2, while bus trips to the suburbs will be approximately NZ$3 - 5.
The East By West Wellington harbour ferry provides a link between the city (Queens Wharf) and the seaside village of Days Bay on the north-east side of Wellington harbour, with an optional stop at Matiu/Somes Island, a predator free, scientific reserve in the middle of Wellington harbour. One way tickets cost from NZ$10.