Travel trade toolkit

City break itinerary: Two to three nights in Wellington

Day one — welcome to Wellington

Visitors to Wellington often arrive in the afternoon. If your clients arrive by air, it is only a short 15-minute taxi or Airport Express bus ride into the city centre. For clients arriving by inter-island ferry, it is an even shorter taxi ride to their central city accommodation.

After checking in, your clients should head out to explore the city on foot. They can grab a flat white coffee before exploring the boutique and vintage shops along Cuba Street, or designer shopping on Willis and Victoria Streets.

Before dinner, your clients can join a guided Twilight Tour and explore Wellington’s world-first ecosanctuary, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, as it transforms from day to night.

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Day Two — a full day to explore

Book your clients on a guided sightseeing tour so they can take in the city’s highlights and scenic spots. After their tour, they can enjoy lunch in an inner-city laneway like Hannah’s Laneway or Lombard Lane, or at one of the lunch spots along Wellington’s waterfront.

A visit to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa is a must for any visit to Wellington. Start your clients’ visit with a Te Papa Highlights Tour followed by free time to explore the six storeys of interactive exhibitions.

To finish a big day of exploring, your clients can relax over dinner and drinks at one of New Zealand’s top restaurants before heading to a show at one of the city’s top venues.

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Day three — go beyond the city

If your clients have time to stay for an additional night, we highly recommend they explore the wider Wellington region.

Book your clients on a private tour of the Wairarapa region with Kaewa Tours. They can explore three distinct wine areas of the Wairarapa region on a Wairarapa Winery Tour, or sample everything from cheeses and chocolates to wine and wild coastlines on a South Wairarapa Tour.

Alternatively, your clients could visit Kapiti Island to immerse themselves in nature and Māori hospitality. Kapiti Island Nature Tours’ full-day tour, Wellington return, includes transfers from the city.

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Day four — before they go

This morning, send your clients to experience moviemaking magic before they depart Wellington. Book them on a Wētā Workshop Experience + Guided Transfers to go behind-the-scenes and learn about movie effects, costumes, props, and more.

Afterward, they can pop next door to The Larder for lunch, before taking a 5-minute taxi ride to Wellington Airport. Here, they can discover more large-scale Wētā Workshop sculptures like Gandalf and the Giant Eagles, and Smaug the Dragon.

The Wellington Airport Wētā Sculpture of Gandalf the Grey riding Gwaihir, the giant eagle from Lord of the Rings.

Do they want to stay in Wellington longer?

If your clients would like to extend their time in Wellington, there are plenty more things to see and do. Here are some additional products you could include in their itinerary: