Wellington's top tours

Explore Wellington and learn more about its history, people and environment with one of our friendly, down-to-earth and very knowledgeable tour guides

Zest Food Tours
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Fix and Fogg

Zest Food Tours - Artisan Food Tour

Due to Covid-19, Zest Food Tours has suspended their tours until the 2021/22 summer season, bookings are available from October 2021 onwards.

Explore New Zealand's culinary capital and meet some of the city's top artisans and producers on a Zest Food Tour. Accompanied by local guides or 'gourmet encyclopaedias', Zest offers a range of tours to explore the food and drink scene in Wellington and Wairarapa. Zest has guides who speak Danish, Dutch, French, German, and Mandarin and every guide is trained in first aid and food safety.

The popular Wellington Capital Tastes tour runs as a morning walking tour of the central city, where your friendly guide will introduce you to some of Wellington's hidden gems and gourmet products such as Mojo coffee wizards, chocolatiers at Wellington Chocolate Factory, peanut butter nutters at Fix & Fogg and passionate gelato makers at Gelissimo Gelato.

zestfoodtours.co.nz

Hammonds Sightseeing Tours

Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

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It's fair to say that Hammonds tour guides know their way around Wellington - the company has been showing the world around Wellington since the 1960s. With friendly and down-to-earth tour guides who are passionate about Wellington and proud to show you around, your Hammonds tour will be one to remember. There's a focus on accessibility with a state-of-the-art multi-lingual commentary system that caters to Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese speakers and the option of a total mobility van.

Take your pick from a range of tours ranging from general overviews of the city to specialty interest, such as their craft beer tour. Take tour of Te Papa, explore eco-sanctuary Zealandia or discover movie-making magic at Weta Workshop. 

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Kāpiti Island Nature Tours

Kāpiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu

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This internationally renowned nature reserve and bird sanctuary is one for your bucket list. Take a day trip or spend the night and enjoy famous hospitality and delicious meals, surrounded by stunning native bush and some of our most rare and beautiful native birds - take a nighttime guided tour for your best chance at spotting a little spotted kiwi.

Even if you can only spend a day on the island, you're in for an unforgettable time. Experienced nature guides will walk with you and explain the rich human and ecological history, and help you identify the flora and fauna around you and afterwards, you'll sit down together to enjoy a delicious cooked lunch at the Lodge. Note that the tours are closed for July and August with limited trips available in June and September. 

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Wellington Helicopters

Shed 6 , Queens Wharf, Wellington

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The only thing better than the panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria is taking in aerial views of the city from a helicopter. Wellington Helicopters provide scenic flights that give a unique vantage point of Wellington and the surrounding landscape with a focus on safety and comfort with highly-trained pilots. There's a range of tours available, ranging from the short and sweet, to the long and luxurious.

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Wellington Nature Tours

Explore Wellington with a local on one of Wellington Nature Tours outdoor adventures around the capital. There's a range of tours exploring some of Wellington's top nature experiences, ranging from half-day to full-day tours. Wellington Nature Tours' highly-trained and passionate guides will be able to tell you more about the local history, flora and fauna while keeping you safe and comfortable. 

Take a Seal Colony Tour and head to Wellington's wild South Coast to see the New Zealand fur seal colony that reside there. Take an Otari Eco Trek and you'll visit Otari Wilton Bush, a listed 'Garden of National Significance' and the only botanic garden in Aotearoa New Zealand that's dedicated to native plants. The Matiu/Somes Island Eco Trek will take you on a ferry ride to Matiu/Somes Island - a nature reserve with a fascinating history on an island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. 

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Seal Coast Safari - Wellington Tours

145 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Rated as one of Wellington's best tours, take a tour with Seal Coast Safari to meet some of Wellington's most wild residents. The three-hour 4WD safari tours begin by travelling up to the Wellington Wind Turbine to take in the panoramic views across the city, before adventuring across private farmland towards the rugged South Coast.

Once on the coast, the safari continues along the beaches with a stop to view (from a distance) the famous Leaning Lighthouse and what you've all come for - a chance to see some New Zealand fur seals. Soak up the wild beauty of the South Coast as you enjoy a hot drink and a snack and learn more about the local flora and fauna from your driver and tour guide. 

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Green Jersey Explorer Tours - Remutaka Cycle Trail

Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park , Seaview, Lower Hutt

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Remutaka Cycle Trail is truly one of New Zealand’s Great Rides and while it can be independently explored, if you feel like you'd like someone to show you the way and help you to have the best experience, Green Jersey is for you. They can provide bespoke tour options, luxury supported and guided tours depending on the level of comfort and the pace you want to take. Green Jersey will sort out your safety, bag transfer, accommodation and provisions to free you up to enjoy the ride. 

The trail can be completed in 1-3 days, but Green Jersey recommend adding in another day or two to allow you to explore Wairarapa more fully. A visit to the wine village of Martinborough comes highly recommend; take a visit to the coast to take in Ngawi, a quaint fishing village; and don't miss a visit to Cést Cheese, a speciality cheese store in the village of Featherston. 

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