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Tours and attractions

Wellington boasts a wealth of cultural attractions and opportunities to discover unique nature experiences. Tour operators in Wellington offer visitors the chance to meet passionate locals and hear stories behind the capital of cool.

A Wellington city highlights tour

Get a local’s perspective by taking one of the many tours available. Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Victoria, drive along the rugged South Coast, ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car, visit the Brooklyn Wind Turbine, the world famous Weta Cave, and stop by the Parliament Buildings, including the iconic Beehive.

Movie tour

While much of Wellington’s role lies in the production studios and digital effects, there are a number of ways visitors can experience the city’s world class film industry. Conservation and legal requirements mean no film sets from The Lord of the Rings remain, so a tour with Wellington Rover Tours or Wellington Movie Tours is the best way to uncover the city's movie-making secrets.

Walking tour

Being such a compact city, walking is one of the best ways to explore Wellington. Local walking tours are a great way to get your bearings. Specialist tours will take you to the secret spots; visit delicatessens, enjoy a coffee roasting tour, or get a taste of New Zealand’s craft beer capital.

Zealandia

Experience New Zealand’s diverse flora and fauna without getting lost in the wilderness. Just minutes from downtown Wellington but world's apart, the Zealandia sanctuary is a haven of regenerating forest areas where you can see unique New Zealand natives such as tuatara, saddleback and hihi. Zealandia's night tours also offer a chance to see the iconic kiwi bird.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The most visited museum in Australasia, Te Papa is recognised as a world leader in interactive museum experiences. There's everything from Maori treasures to a 495kg colossal squid, and regularly changing major exhibitions. With so much to see, the museum's 60 minute Introducing Te Papa tours are a great way to get acquainted with New Zealand's history.

Space Place

Take a virtual journey through space at the Space Place at Carter Observatory planetarium. Discover our universe, along with telescopes and astronomical artefacts. The observatory sees Maori mythology meet Big Bang science and can be reached with a short ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car.

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