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Visiting Wellington by cruise ship

Wellington is compact, cultural and cruise friendly. Each year there are over 120 cruise ship visits into Wellington's stunning harbour 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.  You can reach the city either by shuttle bus or taxi, both of which are available once you disembark the ship. Cruise shuttles will drop you off at the north end of Lambton Quay, opposite the Beehive, or Wakefield Street, close to the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

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

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 Wellingtonians on a 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. 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 stops 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, or view a copy of the map online. The Wellington Visitor Guide is loaded with great information and is available at the i-SITE or you can browse it online. Guide yourself around the city with our downtown 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 out or follow @cbdfree on Twitter.

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.