Compact, cultural and cruise friendly. From the moment a cruise ship enters Wellington’s handsome harbour, its passengers are discovering the landmarks, stories and people of Te Upoko o te ika (Wellington).
One of Wellington’s most appealing features is its size. The downtown area is just two kilometers across so visitors can stroll between shops, galleries, attractions and cafes within minutes. The cruise ship terminal is conveniently located near the city.
Wellington is a popular stop for cruise ships and the Aotea Quay Terminal is the main dock. It's around 8 minutes in a taxi or shuttle to reach the city centre, downtown shopping area, banks and post offices. The walk from Aotea Quay to the downtown area is uncovered and alongside a busy road so it’s well worth taking a taxi or coach, usually available as you disembark, to cover this short distance. Take a virtual walk-through of the Aotea Quay Terminal.
City Centre - 2.3km (25 minute walk)
Downtown shopping on Lambton Quay - 2km (20 minute walk)
Bank/Exchange Office - 2km (20 minute walk)
Post Office - 2.3km (25 minute walk)
Airport - 10km (20 minute drive)
Queens Wharf Terminal is the pier closest to the city centre however; it's only used for smaller ships. Transfers by taxi/shuttle to everything you need will take less than five minutes or passengers are within easy walking distance of Lambton Quay. It’s very easy to wander Wellington’s stunning waterfront and walk to Te Papa Tongarewa from this dock.
City Centre - 1km (10 minute walk)
Downtown shopping on Lambton Quay - 1km (10 minute walk)
Bank/Exchange Office - 1km (10 minute walk)
Post Office - 1km (10 minute walk)
Airport - 4km (15 minute drive)
The Overseas Terminal – this pier is rarely used, except for small cruise ships or special events.
Only a day to spend in Wellington? No problem – visitors are spoiled for choice. The following highlights are all easily achieved in a day independently or better still, escorted by passionate Wellingtonian’s on guided tour.
CentrePort regularly update their website with the latest cruise ship dockings in Wellington. Follow the link for the latest list.
2012/2013 Cruise Ship Season