Wellington Cruises

Perched in the hills surrounding a sparkling bay, Wellington has the beautiful setting (and crispy weather) of San Francisco. White sails mingle with cargo ships in the Harbour. Charming Edwardian architecture blends into a contemporary skyline of concrete and glass. Culturally the city even surpasses Auckland.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • The Storm Coast

    Take a scenic drive along Wellington's wreck-strewn Storm Coast and see dramatic views at Pencarrow Station.

    The Storm Coast

    This spectacular drive takes you all the way to Pencarrow Station and beautiful Wellington Harbour’s easternmost point. The Storm Coast scenic route follows the harbour shoreline passing Petone, where Wellington’s first settlers landed. As you drive along this dramatic coastline, you will see quaint coastal villages, bays and hear tales of shipwrecks. View Pencarrow Station, one of the earliest settled sheep and cattle stations in the Wellington area. Here, you’ll enjoy a farm dog demonstration, before continuing on to Wellington’s hidden lakes, New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse and historic Maori sites.

    One of Wellington’s best-kept secrets is Pencarrow Lodge. The Lodge sits near the entrance to Wellington Harbour and offers spectacular vistas across Cook Strait to the South Island’s Kaikoura Ranges. Savour these panoramic views whilst enjoying refreshments of tea, coffee and snacks.

    During the return drive to the ship, if time permits, there will be a short stop en route at the lovely Days Bay, for you to enjoy some free time.

    There is approximately 40 minutes of total walking, which is leisurely over flat terrain, however 30 minutes is at guests own discretion. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    WLG_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Wellington Highlights

    Discover the highlights of Wellington, taking in city views, the Botanical Gardens and the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.

    Wellington Highlights

    Embark on a leisurely drive to the summit of Mount Victoria, which stands at 643 feet above sea level. Have your cameras ready to capture the sweeping panoramic views of the city and harbour.

    Your journey will continue into the heart of the city past the Parliament Complex, New Wellington Cathedral and the central business district to the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the 54 acre gardens that encompass both native bush and exotic plant life, with the centrepiece being the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House. Lady Norwood boasts over 1,200 varieties of roses as well as begonias, ferns, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, frangipani and gardenias.

    Afterwards, you’ll drive towards Wellington’s waterfront, passing by Old St Paul’s Cathedral along the way. Arriving at the Te Papa Tongarewa national museum, your Te Papa host will take you on an informative guided tour of this fascinating museum. The Museums extensive collections include artefacts, cultural treasures, a Maori meeting house, and ornate carvings. Explore the exhibitions that celebrate New Zealand's geology, history and unique natural environment and discover fascinating stories of the Māori, New Zealand's indigenous people.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of total walking over level paths, therefore comfortable, flat and enclosed shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    WLG_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Flavours of Wellington

    Wellington is ‘the’ city for food lovers, and is a wonderful place to experience the tasty delights of New Zealand.

    Flavours of Wellington

    Enjoy a short panoramic drive for a great overview of Wellington, before setting off on foot to discover and sample an array of typical local treats.

    Your local foodie expert guide will take you on a leisurely walk to discover Wellington’s food scene. En route, savour typical local treats at a variety of places, from home-style baking to regional cheeses, seasonal fruit, chocolate and local coffee.

    Voted as one of the world's ‘top ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies' by Lonely Planet, and 'a real hit with foodies' by Frommer's Guide, this is a must for all cultural food lovers!

    Children may not participate. This tour involves around one hour of walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Places are limited and early booking is advised.

    Tour code

    WLG_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Matiu Sommes Island

    Discover the beauty of Matiu Sommes Island, which affords fabulous views stretching across to Wellington Harbour.

    Matiu Sommes Island

    Join your guide for the transfer to Brandon Street, where you’ll take a short walk to the ferry terminal. Once on board the ferry, relax and enjoy the 25 minute ride across to Matiu Sommes Island.

    Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of this delightfully tranquil island and sanctuary for wildlife. As the name suggests Matiu Sommes Island has a rich Maori and European history. Once a traditional site of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Maori, the island became a quarantine station, an internment camp and a military defence position.

    It now seeks to protect and preserve New Zealand’s native flora and fauna and is home to rare native birds including North Island robins, fluttering shearwaters and kakariki, a colony of little blue penguins. It also has six species of native reptiles including the mysterious tuatara. During your walk, your guide will bring the island’s history alive and make a quest to find some of these shy wild creatures.

    Your tour will end with the return ferry ride to Wellington and walk and shuttle transfer back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by urban bus, ferry and on foot. There is around two hours of walking over relatively flat terrain, with one short but slightly steep incline to the island’s summit. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. Please take a bottle of water, a hat and sun protection. It is advisable to take a rain jacket in case of adverse weather. Please note that guests will join the shuttle bus to Brandon Street and take a 10 minute walk to the ferry terminal. Animal and bird sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    WLG_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Seal Coast Safari

    Discover Wellington's wild and rugged south coast on a fascinating 4x4 adventure that visits a colony of fur seals.

    Seal Coast Safari

    Enjoy the rugged panorama of Wellington’s craggy coastline as your 4x4 vehicle passes the ancient Red Rocks, and on to the Leaning Lighthouse at Tongue Point. On the beach you will be able to see the colony of fur seals and resident bird life.

    Your guide will be available to explain the seals’ life-cycles and mating habits, whilst you view these fascinating marine mammals up close in their natural habitat. During your visit to the colony, refreshments will be served.

    Your journey takes you back over the hills of Wellington via the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. Enjoy spectacular views over the capital, as well as the distant mountains of the South Island, the sparkling Tasman Sea and the azure Pacific Ocean.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. This excursion is not suitable for guests with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and infants may not participate. The route involves narrow, winding roads. It is necessary to walk over rocks on the beach to access the seal colony therefore comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. There are no public conveniences en route.

    Tour code

    WLG_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Forest, Flowers & Funicular

    Visit New Zealand's only gardens and forest reserve dedicated to native plants and explore the famed Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

    Forest, Flowers & Funicular

    Enjoy a guided tour of Otari-Wilton’s Bush, New Zealand’s only botanical gardens and forest reserve dedicated solely to native plants and animals; it was also once a Maori hunting site. Absorb the sights as you walk through the lush New Zealand forest composed of original and regenerating conifers, to the main attraction, the Canopy Walkway. This tree-top walk enables you to stroll across a 65 foot deep ravine on a stable footbridge to reach the main plant collections area, whilst providing the unique opportunity to see the life from the top of the forest.

    After your forest walk, board the bright-red funicular railway for the short ride to Kelburn where your coach will be waiting to take you to Wellington’s 54-acre Botanic Gardens. The gardens encompass both native bush and exotic gardens and the centrepiece is the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. This formal garden boasts over 1,200 varieties of roses. There are approximately 300 modern varieties, 78 climbing roses, and 700 patio species as well as begonias, ferns, bougainvillea, hibiscus, frangipani and gardenias.

    The return route affords dramatic views of the city, the harbour and your ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach, funicular and on foot. There is approximately one hour of total walking over flat and sloping gravel paths, therefore comfortable, flat and enclosed shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    WLG_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • The Karori Sanctuary Experience

    Discover some of New Zealand's rare and endangered animals in their natural habitat at the Karori Sanctuary.

    The Karori Sanctuary Experience

    ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, winner of the 2008 ‘Tourism Industry Award for Conservation in Action’, is a unique eco-attraction and the ultimate urban nature experience. It is the most accessible of New Zealand’s celebrated mainland conservation islands and is a safe haven for some of New Zealand’s most iconic and endangered native animals, including Tuatara, Little Spotted Kiwi, Saddleback, Hihi and Giant Weta.

    The Sanctuary comprises one square mile of native plants, regenerating lowland forest and wetlands protected by a unique five-mile predator-proof fence, specially designed to exclude non-native mammals ranging from hedgehogs to possums.

    You’ll have around 2½ hours’ free time to explore this interesting conservation area at your own leisure.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible. Maps will be provided on arrival. There is a café and extensive gift shop on site.

    Tour code

    WLG_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop

    Join a Lord of the Rings expert guide and discover how the magic of the rings was created.

    Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop

    Begin with an overview of Wellington, New Zealand’s creative capital and the southernmost capital city in the world. Wellington's best lookout is atop Mt Victoria, offering 360° views of the city and its keyhole harbour.

    Your drive will continue to where the filming of The Lord of the Rings first began. Take a leisurely walk through the picturesque forest of the Outer Shire, where Frodo and the Hobbits started their journey. Many scenes were filmed here, including the ‘Race to the Ferry’ and the famous ‘Get off the Road’ scene.

    Next, you’ll drive to Miramar to visit the Weta Workshop. A behind the scenes glimpse of the magic of Weta offers a fascinating insight into the creativity that goes on within the walls of this custom built facility. The story of the creative process is told as you are guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew. A 25 minute screening will show you the story and history of the film industry in Wellington, and features interviews with Weta Workshop co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

    Your return drive will take you via Evans Bay and Oriental Bay for stunning views of Wellington City and the harbour.

    This excursion will operate by urban bus and on foot. Photography is not permitted inside the Weta Workshop. Please note that due to legal requirements, no film sets remain at the locations. This tour involves around one hour of walking over varying terrain, including uneven and inclined footpaths. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    WLG_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours