New Zealand's capital city is Wellington and even though it may not be the largest city in the country but is a great example to prove that good things do come in little packages. It is a city with diverse and entertaining sightseeing tours for all ages to enjoy.
Located in North Island, it is situated at the southern end of the Island sitting on the Cook Strait. The city spreads out from the seafront of the Bay of Cook Strait across the slopes of mountains with a backdrop of forest filled steep hills.
Wellington is described as a Funky city with a trendy cafe culture, colorful timber houses and creative personality. The multilayered streets are filled with treats for tourists to explore on guided tours.
The sandy beaches are a bonus for those relaxing days while the outskirts of the city provide the adventures for the thrill seekers.
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Experience the Museum of New Zealand on a Fascinating Guided Tour
One of the most famous museums or possibly the most famous museum in New Zealand is Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand. On a guided tour explore the wealth of displays and learn things new things about this beautiful country.
There are magnificent architectural buildings to see on sightseeing tours along with beautiful botanic gardens, Islands to visit on a boat tour and of course you have to take the cable car up the hill to see the panoramic views of the sea and city from the Kilburn Lookout.
Thrill seeking activities available in and around the city include bungee jumping, sky diving, rock climbing and canyoning to name a small few.
Top 10 Things to Do in Wellington
Kelbrun Lookout and Cable Car
The antique cable car is a dream of an experience as you travel to Kelbrun Lookout for a sightseeing tour. This cable car has been making this trip since 1912 and the journey is scenic and quaint. The lookout is just a bonus and the views are absolutely breathtaking especially on a clear day. You will get to take the best photos here. Visit the small museum when you are there with a tour guide for the most formative information.
Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa is a 'must see' place on a private guided tour. It is an interactive national museum and that is very innovative. Te Papa Tongarewa literally translated is ‘container of treasures’ and it has six floors of interactive displays. Learn about Maori and Pacific culture or get shaken in the Earthquake House. This museum inspires people and it is very entertaining.
The Beehive is the most iconic building found in Wellington and it is where you find the Parliament of New Zealand. The name is a result of the design and architecture of this building, a creation from architect Sir Basil Spence. It was built between 1964 to 1979. On a city sightseeing tour, this unique building stands out. There is also the beautiful Parliament gardens to stroll around and a visitor centre to explore.
For a great day outdoors, take a sightseeing tour to Zealandia, an urban eco-sanctuary located close to Wellington city. It shows the efforts New Zealand makes in conservation, its unique nature and wildlife. There are excellent walking trails from which to explore this 225-hectare area. This is also a great place for birdwatchers with many endangered species found here. The museum should also be visited if you get a chance.
Wellington Botanic Garden
A delightful and stunningly beautiful place to visit is the Wellington Botanic Garden. Unique landscape, fantastic views, native bush, exotic forests, specialist gardens and colourful floral displays are all spread over 26 hectares. Follow the sculpture trail on a guided tour and see great works of art. The Lady Norwood Rose Graden has won awards and best seen from mid-November to December when in full bloom.
Take yourself back a thousand years on a guided tour of Wellington Museum. This museum is among the world’s top 50 best museums according to The Times UK. The heritage building which houses the museum is located on the waterfront. You get a great insight into the cultural history and rich social history of this city. The museum offers traditional displays and modern holographic special effects to make a tour here interactive.
For a very active walking tour, reaching the highest point of Mount Kaukau is the thing to do. In relation to the landscape of Wellington, it is the most visible high point from every direction. There are a few different walking trails to take and some are easier than others so do your research before deciding on which trail to follow. The views looking down upon Wellington are super even when the weather is not sunny.
Lord of the Rings Wellington Tours
Take a fantastic guided tour in Wellington of all things Lord of Rings found in and around the city. Visit the Embassy Movie theatre which held the Movies world premieres, explore ‘Wellywood’ which is where the movie director Peter Jackson’s production site Weta Studios is located. Take a coach ride to the heart of ‘middle-earth’ at Green Belt which you will recognise for the forest scenes in the movies.
Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course Wellington
Push yourself to the limit with the challenges found in the Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course on an active adventure tour. There are over 100 challenges that cater for varied abilities. On the rope course, you will pass the Indiana jump, zip line, cross logs, do a Tarzan jump, walk rope bridges, climb nets and deal with wrecking balls. All challenges are well supervised with experts and the safety equipment is top of the range.
Craft Beer Tours Wellington
Wellington is regarded as the craft beer capital of New Zealand and on this tour, you get to spend time with the craft beer masters, learn how they do their craft (holding back some secrets) and of course, you will have to sample the beer. These tours are great fun and very informative.There is more than one brewery in Wellington and each one offers something different. Make sure you eat something before going on this tour!
Travel Tips for Wellington
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Wellington is a personal choice as it is a place you can come to all year round. For less busy times, less crowded sightseeing tours, September to November and March to May are the best. The weather is not as warm as the summer but still nice. The summer months of December to February are the busiest month of the year as the weather is very pleasant and warm, It is also a bit more expensive during these months
The prices in Wellington are not very expensive when compared to major European Cities. The cost of accommodation starts from US$50/ 80NZD and can rise to as much as you want to pay. An evening meal in a fancy restaurant will cost on average US$29/40NZD. A sandwich during the day is US$5.50/ 8NZD. Get a Metlink day pass and you can travel on buses, trolleys, cable cars ferries and trains unlimited for US$15/21NZD.
Know Before Visiting
Should you be planning to visit Wellington during the months of December to February, you need to book all accommodation and guided tours well in advance as this is the busiest time. It is helpful to have a hat to protect from the glaring sun on sightseeing tours and apply lots of suncreams. Wellington is a safe city, but there are petty thieves just waiting to pick your pocket so be alert in crowded areas.
The climate in Wellington is a temperate marine climate that is mild and with lots of wind. The hottest temperature on average during the year is 25 degrees Celsius during the summer months and drops to as low as 6 degrees Celsius during the winter months, but the winds make it feel a lot colder. Frost is expected in the hill suburbs too but very rarely is there any snow. The wettest months are June and July.