Compact, cultural and cruise friendly. From the moment a cruise ship enters Wellington’s 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 terminals are also 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.
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.
The Overseas Terminal – this pier is rarely used, except for small cruise ships or special events.
So you're coming to Wellington for a day, you want to make your plans, but there's so much to see and do you're not sure where to start? No problem. Start here: Our Top 10 Wellington Must-Dos. Our suggested itineraries might be useful too.
There are lots of things that can be 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. Check out their latest schedule for the cruise ship season.
Free Wi-Fi is available in outdoor areas from Westpac Stadium to the Embassy Theatre, encompassing the waterfront, Lambton Quay, Courtenay Place and Cuba Street. This is all thanks to Wellington City Council and CityLink, supported by Kiwibank. Check out www.cbdfree.co.nz or follow @cbdfree on Twitter.
Trade Me’s free waterfront network runs south from Frank Kitts Park to the waterfront side of Te Papa. Plus, a number of bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the region also offer free access.
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