P and O’s Aurora – one of many passenger cruise ships visiting Wellington for the day
Finding the perfect Wellington cruise ship day tour that ticks all the boxes will require some research. As a cruise ship passenger arriving in Wellington perhaps for the first time, you will have plenty of choice but limited time. For this very reason it really pays to do some advance planning to make the most of your few hours ashore. One of the best ways to maximise your Wellington cruise stop is to book one of the many full or half day tour options highlighting the best of Wellington. Not only will you get to see the city as a local but it’ll take out all the potential headache of planning what to do and where to eat.
This Wellington day tour is run by world traveller and entrepreneur, Jerry Bridge. It takes in various city attractions such as the award-winning Te Papa museum the cable car and Mount Victoria lookout. Peter Jackson’s Weta Cave and Workshop is also on the agenda as well a fabulous coffee or lunch stop at the beach-side Maranui Surf Club Cafe. Maranui is a Wellington institution and a firm favourite to most locals. What makes this tour so unique is that it’s flexible and highly personal. Jerry will even invite you back to his home for afternoon tea and scones!
Wellington’s Hop On Hop Off bus tours are another excellent way for cruise ship day trippers to experience Wellington’s highlights in one easy go. In fact, this tour option offers 17 attractions in total and covers coast, cityscape and diverse suburbs such a Miramar. There are are food-themed walking tours, (Zest Tours) that guarantee to take you to the hidden places and peek behind the scenes of Wellington’s producers, growers and crafts-people.
If you book your tour well in advance and know what it includes you can enjoy the rest of your day in Wellington checking out anything which hasn’t already been covered. How about a visit to Old St Paul’s Cathedral with its elegant furnishings, stained glass and native wood carvings? Or perhaps a free Parliament Buildings tour around the iconic Beehive government building. This tour which can be easily slotted into your day as it takes just one hour. A leisurely stroll along the picturesque waterfront is a must-do activity if you have the time. Alternatively, take a slow meander down quirky Cuba Street and soak up a really interesting area of the city. Cuba street with all its cafes, shops and restaurants is pretty much an essential part of any Wellington visit. Take the time to pause for a bite to eat or drink an excellent coffee here, there’s plenty of choice. Try Fidel’s with its cosy and eclectic interior or take a seat outside at the Plum Cafe so you can watch the street performers and musicians.
You can’t possibly see it all in a day but we think that by planning your hours ashore you will return to your cruise ship feeling satisfied with a day well spent. You will no doubt vow to return one day and experience more of what this wonderful city has to offer.
Maranui Cafe – an institution of Wellington right on the seafront
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