Discover Wellington (Morning & Afternoon Tour)
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Overview: This introduction to Wellington takes you to see the Parliament Buildings, Old Saint Paul's Cathedral, the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, the Cable Car (at own expense) and the National Art Gallery and Museum. Enjoy fabulous views of Wellington City from the summit of Mt Victoria, see Oriental Bay and some other scenic bays, including the beautiful Marine Parade. The tour terminates at Wellington Visitor Information Centre.
Discover Kapiti Coast (Morning or Afternoon Tour)
Duration: 4 Hours
Overview: Visit Cashmere, with its wonderful views of Wellington and the harbor, Tawa Porirua East, an extensive housing area, Plimmerton, a seaside resort, Paraparaumu and Lindale Farm where you experience a Kapiti Cheese tasting and try some of the home-made ice cream, Southward Vintage Car Museum, the Nycro Chocolate factory, Paekakariki Hill and Pauatahanui, a historic rural area. The tour will terminate at Wellington Visitor Information Centre.
Martinborough/Wairarapa Gourmet Wine Escape
Duration: 8 Hours 50 Minutes
Overview: A unique opportunity to appreciate the Martin borough wine village in the famous Wairarapa region. Enjoy the journey by train from Wellington Railway Station to Featherstone. You will be met at Featherstone Railway Station by your Gourmet Wine Escape coach driver and taken to Martin borough Region to start the Winery Tour. Your driver guide will give you a full of commentary about the Martin borough region and local wines. Visit four different Martin borough vineyards for wine tasting. A lunch at a local cafe is included. Then visit the remainder of selected vineyards. Finally, visit the Martin borough Wine Centre where you can taste further wines or tea/coffee with a delicious cheese platter. Board the Tranz Metro Train service to the Capital City - Wellington. (Due to the nature of the tour, minimum age for this tour is 16 years old however if you would like to take your children, please contact us. They will be able to join the tour at full adult fee however they will not be able to do wine tasting.)
Wellington South Coast Seals
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: You'll be picked up from your Wellington hotel and guided along Wellington's beautiful waterfront to the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. Hear fabulous tales and Maori legends of sea monsters, or Taniwha, who once lived under the harbor's mysterious waters and of the legendary warrior who landed his canoe on the Wellington shore. Enjoy an exhilarating four-wheel drive journey to Red Rocks on the Seal Coast, south of the city. You'll drive across a live active fault line, over rock beachfront and around headlands to visit a captivating colony of fur seals, sprawled over the rust-colored rocks. See the Tasman Sea meet the Pacific Ocean, the waters of Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands, and the distant mountain ranges of the South.
There's time to relax and enjoy a delicious bistro lunch in one of Wellington's cafe society venues with brilliant panoramic views over the harbor capital.
After lunch go on an invigorating bush walk in NZ's only botanic garden dedicated solely to native plants. Venture through safe native bush trails and plant collections, including several 400-year old trees. This botanic garden is a haven for native birds like the Tui, Kereru, Silver Eye, Kingfisher, Grey Warbler, Bell Birds and Morepork amongst the giants of the forest. Your guide will entertain you with fascinating stories of New Zealand bush lore.
Palliser Bay and Lord of the Rings Sites
Duration: 9 Hours
Overview: Visiting the most breathtakingly scenic Lord of the Rings film sites, venture along The Great River Anduin that flowed through Middle Earth between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood, Hobbit on Woods, where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul while fleeing the Shire. This film site located on Mount Victoria offers spectacular 360-degree views of Wellington City, harbor, and hills. Highlights include the remarkable Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges, the charming towns of Featherstone and Martin borough. Stop at a top vineyard for wine tasting at Martin borough and the sleepy fishing village of Ngawi around the wild south coast. Cape Palliser Bay has fantastic coastal scenery and the largest fur seal colony in the North Island. Seals openly live in the grass on the roadside! A light lunch is included at a quaint town cafe.