It seems you’re using a browser that is a little past its time and our website might not be able to perform as it should.

If you’d like to have the best experience on WellingtonNZ.com, you can easily update your browser to get the most out of our website and many more for that matter.'

Search Sights & activities

Search Sights & activities

The best way to discover the heart and soul of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, is on foot. Walk Wellington makes this very easy by giving you a personal introduction to the city. Their enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides will show you the key historical and cultural sights, and give you insights about this vibrant city. They will reveal stories about Wellington's past, present, people and places - things you won't always find in the guide books.


Essential Wellington walks

This easy paced two to two and a half hour walk begins at the i-Site Visitor Centre at the front of the Michael Fowler Centre (111 Wakefield St at  Cuba St Intersection). Some of the highlights will include Civic Square, Wellington's beautiful waterfront, Queen's Wharf, Lambton Quay, Supreme Court, Old Government Buildings,  grounds of Parliament and Old St. Paul's Cathedral.

Walks depart at 10am daily, rain or shine. (Except on Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Adult: $20, Child: $10. Free for 16 years and under. Book on this page or at the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

This walk is wheel chair accessible but there is a slope up to Parliament Buildings.


Heritage/Cable Car walk around Wellington.

On the days when cruise ships are in port, (early October to late April) a special walk commences at the i-SITE Visitors Centre at 9.30am. The start location is close to the cruise ship shuttle bus drop off point in Wakefield St.

The Heritage/Cable Car walk is a longer walk than the Essential Wellington Walk described above, and includes a ‘skip the line ride’ up in the cable car, followed by a downhill walk through the Botanic Gardens and Thorndon heritage area with time for a refreshment stop.

Note that because this walk operates on demand only, bookings must be made on-line at least 48 hours in advance. Bookings can not be made at the i-SITE. Although this walk is primarily created for cruise ship guests, independent travellers are also welcome to come.

Because this walk operates only on specific days, please follow the booking link on this page to check if your desired date is available.

Full details and booking arrangements are given on the Passengers on Cruise Ships page on the Walk Wellington website.

If you wish, you can book now by following the booking button on this page.

We realise that sometimes cruise ship schedules change, preventing you from joining the walk. If this occurs, we will happily refund your payment.

The cost for this walk is $30 including the Cable Car fare.


Evening walks

Take advantage of the long days of summer with a 90 minute to 2 hour guided tour through Wellington's city centre. The tour begins at the i-Site Visitor at the front of the Michael Fowler Centre (111 Wakefield St at  Cuba St Intersection). Highlights include Civic Square, Wellington's beautiful waterfront, Queen's Wharf, Old Bank Arcade, Courtenay Place and Embassy Theatre, home of the Lord of the Rings world premiere in 2003.

Walks depart at 5:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from December 1 to March 31.

" Note that this start time is earlier than is shown in some other publications."

Adult: $20, Child: $10. Free: 16 years and under. Book on this page or at the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

This walk is wheel chair accessible.


Personalised & group walks

Groups can be accommodated with a customized tour to suit your needs and interests. Tours can be scheduled to fit into your available time, and can include extra features such as the Wellington Cable Car, a stop at a local cafe, or a walk through the Botanic Garden. Their low guide to guest ratio means that you will get the best possible experience during your visit to Wellington.

Book at least four weeks ahead by e-mailing [email protected]. Minimum charge applies.

For all tours, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.