Things to do in
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Martinborough Winery Tour

1. Martinborough Winery Tour

Enjoy a 5 hour guided tour of the Martinborough wine region in the Wairarapa starting with a spectacular drive over the stunning Remutaka Ranges. Stop at the Remutaka Summit for amazing views before heading down into the Wairarapa.  Enjoy the view across the Stuart Macaskill Lakes from the viewing platform perched in the native bush above. Visit three of the Martinborough regions' best wineries and enjoy their Cellar Door experiences as you sample the world-class products available. Specific wineries are available by request. Visit C'est Cheese and try some of their locally produced cheeses or something from further afield. Have a look at the on-site cheese factory and peruse the available cheeses from around the country and the world. Great place to grab a snack for the road if needed.  Transportation is available. Guests may share a vehicle with others. No exclusivity guaranteed.

Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

2. Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

Follow the Cable Car signpost around Lambton Quay to find the hidden Cable Car Lane in the heart of the city centre.  Wellington's iconic Cable Car travels through three historic tunnels and over three bridges. There are three intermediate stations; the residential areas of Clifton, Talavera and Salamanca. Victoria University of Wellington and Kelburn Park Fountain can be accessed from the Salamanca Station. Enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington city and the harbor from the top of the Cable Car. To get back down into the city, there are several walks through the hillsides of the Botanic Garden, including a beautiful 40-minute stroll back down to the city centre via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive. Or if you prefer an easier route back down, choose the return journey option. This allows you plenty of time to enjoy the views and explore the surrounding attractions at the summit before heading back.

Wellington: 9-Minute Scenic Flight Ride

3. Wellington: 9-Minute Scenic Flight Ride

Soar high and get a birds-eye perspective with land and ocean views from all angles. Enjoy a scenic flight over Wellington and discover the city from a unique aerial perspective. Moments after boarding your helicopter, ascend from the heart of New Zealand's capital city on a short 9-minute exhilarating flight. In an instant, the Wellington landscape will be brought into perspective before your eyes. Marvel at the unique birds-eye views of the skyline below you, dotted with iconic buildings such as Te Papa, the Beehive, and the Cake Tin. You may even get to see the Marlborough Sounds and upper South Island on clear days.

Zealandia by Day Tour

4. Zealandia by Day Tour

Discover New Zealand’s native wildlife on an immersive 2-hour guided walking tour at Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Located 10-minutes from Wellington CBD, the fully-fenced, predator-free ecosanctuary is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary and vulnerable animals.  Zealandia can be easily reached by car, free shuttle, or cable car from Wellington CBD. Check in at the vistor center ticket desk where you will meet your guide. Begin with introduction in the ecosanctuary’s exhibition. You will complete a short bio-security bag check before you can enter the sanctuary. This is to prevent any predators from entering the sanctuary with you. Then, venture out into the sanctuary to discovery the riches of our native flora and fauna at its very best.  Make the most of your visit with your expert guide, who will share with you the history, sights and sounds of the forest and its secrets. Witness the highly intelligent kākā (bush parrot), kakariki, tūī and bellbirds at feeding stations positioned along the sanctuary’s walkways. After 2 hours exploring the vast parklands, you will return to the visitor center. Relax after your tour with a coffee or meal at Cafe Rata. 

From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

5. From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

Enjoy a 5 hour return guided tour over the spectacular Remutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa region, home of world class culinary producers. Enjoy a stop at C'est Cheese Artisan Cheese and Deli where the tour will include a tasting platter of locally made cheeses. Continue up State Highway 2 to Greytown for a tasting of some of chocolatier Murray Langham's amazing chocolate range at Schoc Chocolates. Our third stop is in the world class wine region of Martinborough famous for it's pinot noir. Enjoy a tasting flight at one of the finest local wineries. The final stop is at the Martinborough Memorial Square in the centre of town and allows for guests to tailor the tour for their own tastes. Guests may choose one final tasting stop from Olivo extra virgin and infused olive oils, Martinborough craft brewery paddles, a local vineyard or cafe lunch, The Martinborough Sweet Shop or the Wine Bank. This final stop is seasonal, subject to availability and at the guests expense. he tour then returns to Wellington via the Remutakas and State Highway 2 for a 3:00pm drop off.

Wellington: Scenic Harbour Helicopter Flight

6. Wellington: Scenic Harbour Helicopter Flight

Start your scenic flight adventure in the heart of New Zealand's capital city. Get a safety briefing before taking off to explore the boundaries of Wellington Harbour. Hear about the city's highlights as you fly over them, and discover suburbs perched in the surrounding hills and the tectonic landscape that encompasses the city. Wellington was shaped by a massive earthquake in 1855 and you can see the full extent of these changes from above. Take in aerial views of Zealandia, Matiu/Somes Island, and Cook Strait, the highway for the ferries that shuttle between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. See houses growing more sparse as you fly along the Pencarrow coastline with its famous lighthouse marking the entrance to the harbor. On return to the city, glimpse famous landmarks such as the parliament buildings and Te Papa, the national museum, before landing back on the waterfront helipad.

Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

7. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

Avoid the crowds and enter the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa before it opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and access the "Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War" exhibition to learn more about one of the major campaigns of World War I. Get a short introduction from a knowledgeable guide, and then explore at your own pace. Combining the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshop, the ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  Learn all about the giant sculptures that took a staggering 24,000 hours to create. Encounter 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that will bring New Zealand's Gallipoli story to life. Then, use your entry ticket to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa's vast collections at leisure.

Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

8. Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

Love cocktails? Taste and enjoy cocktails and nibbles to get your evening started on the right note. Get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail creations.  On this guided 2.5-hour walking tour, you will be guided through the popular entertainment areas, soaking in the city’s vibrant personality, famous for its street art, food, and drinks culture. You will hear about the history of the bars and meet the master mixologists at each location through this fun, informal yet informative drinking tour. By the end of the tour, you will learn about the best watering holes in town with plenty of time (and local knowledge) to continue with the fun on a night out.

Wellington: Private Day Tour with Lunch

9. Wellington: Private Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of Wellington’s city and coastline with a local guide on a small-group day tour. Your fully-inclusive tour includes entry fees, lunch, and refreshments. Be picked up from your accommodation at 9:30 am.  Head to the top of Mt Victoria for superb views of the city and the harbor. Visit Peter Jackson’s Weta Cave where you will enjoy a fascinating behind-the-scenes workshop tour. Savour lunch by the sea at the renowned Chocolate Fish Cafe, a casual and quirky outpost that serves seafood sandwiches, burgers and salads.  After lunch, continue along the rugged coastline around to Red Rocks. Head off-road to see the seal colony (seasonal). Return to the city for a cable car ride, then walk through the picturesque Botanical Gardens to the Lady Norwood rose gardens. Visit the iconic Beehive, Parliament buildings, and Wellington's oldest church. Finish your day at Wright Hill, a historic military site with views over the greater Wellington region. Tour concludes with drop off back to your accommodation around 4:30 pm. 

Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

10. Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

The tour starts with a coastal drive around the western edge of Wellington Harbour, heading for Beertown in Upper Hutt. Your first visit is to Kereru, a small, independently owned and family operated award-winning brewery that is incredibly passionate about making good beer whilst following sustainable practices. Have a taster of the available beers on tap, some of which include ingredients unique to New Zealand. Next stop is another member of the Brewtown family, Panhead Brewery. Panhead is New Zealand's very own craft brewing monster truck rally, putting the frighteners on anyone who thinks beer should mind its own business and cower behind the wine rack. Launched in 2013 out of the old Dunlop tyre factory in darkest Maidstone, they were embraced enthusiastically from the get go by Wellington's beer cognoscenti. Your next encounter takes you Baylands Brewery for a tasting of their tap beers and a look through their extensive range of home brewing supplies. The final tasting stop is at Tuatara Temple of Taste – The Third Eye where you will enjoy a shared tasting paddle of your choice in the Tuatara small batch brewery in Wellington city centre.

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What people are saying about Wellington

Overall rating

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based on 553 reviews

This was a very interesting journey into the world of cocktail making in Wellington. Anna and I really enjoyed meeting with some of the people behind the cocktails here and also getting an insight into the deep thought and 'philosophy' behind the various approaches to creating these drinks (which also tasted great!). Each of the four places we visited had their own unique approach to making cocktails which were great to hear about. Our guide Jon was great company and indeed has as rich and varied a background as the cocktails we enjoyed, thus adding to the enjoyment of our trip. I would like to wholeheartedly recommend this tour as in addition to being a lot of fun, it also provides a unique chance to peer behind the veil of cocktail making in Wellington!

Fantastic. Easily navigated hiking tracks. Friendly and helpful staff. Extremely interesting and informative talk upon arrival at Kapiti Island, including the Island's history, flora and fauna. Amazing views. Beautiful birdsong. Breath-taking views. Glorious.

Our party was picked up from our door which was helpful. There was a craft market in Martinborough which held up the traffic but understanding that this was out of the driver's control, Phil was able to keep the dialogue going around local history.

Great staff. Amazing pilot and humorous. Perhaps the single most amazing experience I have ever had. Thank you all so much.

Fantastic tour, never knew these places existed - highly recommended