Wellington
02/09/2020 6:00 PM
02/09/2020 8:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Wellington - Lord of the Rings Movie Magic - half day tour (5 hours)

You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your tailormade half day tour delving into the magic that is the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

 

Sir Peter Jackson, Oscar winning film director & Sir Richard Taylor Oscar winning special effects director, both live in Wellington. Their studios, Post Production office, Weta Digital effects and Weta Workshops are based here. During the tour you’ll drive by the Embassy Theatre which hosted the World Premieres of LOTR, The Return of the King in 2003 & The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey in 2012.

 

Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour at Weta Workshop, where the story of the creative process is told by crew members, using the props, models and weapons they helped make for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. See the work being undertaken inside one of the world’s leading movie effects operations and visit Weta Cave Shop - a cavern of creativity in its own right boasts a huge range of movie merchandise.

 

Continue to Mount Victoria to view film locations for The Outer Shire & The Race to the Ferry, before returning to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 5 hours duration).

 
Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and  touring as noted
  • Entrance to Weta Cave with Window into Workshop tour
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Meals
Wellington - Eastern suburbs blossoms and bays - half day tour (4 hours)
You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your tailormade half day tour to the elegant Eastern Suburbs.
 
Wellington – Capital City and cultural centre of New Zealand.  Nestled between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills, this thriving characteristic city is home to a feast of attractions including theatre, arts, parks and museums.
 
Travel to the residential area of Lowry Bay, travelling via the Hutt Valley and Petone Esplanade, enjoying views of Somes Island and the Northern reaches of Wellington Harbour.
 
Arrive at a gracious private home and enjoy morning tea, followed by an optional walk in your Hosts garden.
 
Continue your scenic drive to Eastbourne and onto Days Bay, where you can enjoy a stroll on the level coastal track to enjoy vistas of the Wellington Heads, Cook Strait – and on a clear day, out to the Kaikoura Ranges.
 
You will be returned to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 4 hours duration).

 
Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and  touring as noted
  • Morning tea in a private home
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Meals

 
Wellington - City Highlights - half day tour (4 hours)
You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your tailormade half day tour featuring the highlights of New Zealand’s vibrant capital city, Wellington.
 
Wellington – Capital City and cultural centre of New Zealand.  Nestled between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills, this thriving characteristic city is home to a feast of attractions including theatre, arts, parks and museums.
 
                                  Enjoy dramatic views of the city from Mount Victoria before continuing on a short drive to 'Te Papa' - The Museum of New Zealand where you will enjoy highlights on an informal guided tour.  There will be the opportunity for some shopping at the excellent souvenir shop.
 
Continue by driving past Old Saint Paul's Cathedral - the finest example of Revival Gothic architecture in the Southern Hemisphere, and the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
Travel via the famous Beehive and Parliament Buildings, highlighting the differences in architecture between the old and the new.
 
Continue to the Botanical Gardens, where you will find the exquisite Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, which invite for a walk if time permits.
                                 
You will be returned to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 4 hours duration).
Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
  • Guided tour at Te Papa (shared basis)
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Meals

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