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Wellington

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Visiting Wellington by cruise ship

Wellington is compact, cultural and cruise friendly. Over 90 ships cruise into Wellington's stunning harbour each year and the city and surrounding areas are rich with things for passengers to see and do.

Where do the cruise ships dock?

Most ships berth at Aotea Quay, two kilometres or a 10 minute drive from the centre of the city.  Due to this port being very busy, it is recommended that you taxi or shuttle into the city rather than walk. If you do choose to walk, just follow the yellow lines outside the terminal.

Smaller ships may use the Queens Wharf Terminal which is closer to the city and an easy walk along the waterfront into downtown.

Wellington Cruise Terminal

Wellington’s cruise terminal is operated by CentrePort Wellington and is the only dedicated terminal in New Zealand. It’s a great place to chat with Wellington City Ambassadors and pick up maps and brochures for your visit to the capital. Computer terminals, phones, a post box and metered taxis are all available at the terminal.

To see what cruise ships are coming to Wellington, check out CentrePort’s cruise schedule

What can I do in Wellington?

There are lots of things that can be achieved in a day independently or better still, escorted by passionate Wellingtonian’s on guided tour.

From culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights will leave you wanting more. Celebrate our culture at Te Papa, get a taste of Wellywood at Weta Cave, and come face-to-face with nature at Zealandia – all in the same day.

Not sure where to start? Try our top 10 Wellington must dos or suggested itineraries. Be sure to book in advance so you don’t miss out. 

Wellington City Ambassadors

As you arrive into Wellington, you’ll be met by Wellington City Ambassadors with maps and local knowledge to help you plan your day. These volunteer Ambassadors are also located at key points around the city including the downtown shuttle bus stop and Cable Car Lane. Keep an eye out for them – they’ll be dressed in yellow and black. 

Wellington maps & guides

Pick up the Wellington Cruise Map as you disembark at the Wellington Cruise Terminal. The Wellington Visitor Guide is loaded with great information and is available at the Terminal, the i-SITEs or you can browse it online. Guide yourself around the city with ourdowntown and regional maps, or explore the cinematic sights with the Wellington Film Map. 

Get connected - WiFi and internet

Free WiFi is available in outdoor areas from Westpac Stadium to the Embassy Theatre, encompassing the waterfront, Lambton Quay, Courtenay Place and Cuba Street. Check outwww.cbdfree.co.nz or follow @cbdfree on Twitter.

Computer terminals and internet are also available at the cruise terminal and Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre for a fee.

Services and necessities

Need a pharmacy, bank, supermarket, optician or Post Office? Ask the Wellington City Ambassadors to show you on a map as you arrive at the cruise terminal or the city.

The nearest money machine, pharmacy and express supermarket to the port are clustered in and around the Wellington Railway Station, while Lambton Quay and Willis Street should be able to cater to every other need.