Wellington cruises destination information
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|Dec 4, 2019||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $2947|
|Jan 15, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $3333|
|Dec 8, 2019||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2790|
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|Nov 13, 2019||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $2854|
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|Jan 4, 2020||New Zealand Discovery, 14 nights||from $2749|
|Feb 29, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3604|
|Dec 13, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $3479|
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|Jan 14, 2020||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $3714|
|Jan 30, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $1645|
|Mar 2, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3144|
|Nov 6, 2020||Kiwi Adventure, 13 nights||from $3424|
|Jan 10, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3084|
|Feb 2, 2020||New Zealand, 14 nights||from $4410|
|Dec 20, 2019||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $5741|
|Mar 10, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3741|
|Dec 30, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2869|
The Stunning Main Port of Wellington
The capital, at the southern tip of the North Island, is a cosmopolitan centre of government and commerce. It is known for its winds, its winding streets, and its homes clinging to the hillsides, but above all, its harbour.
Wellington has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and rejoices in the motto, ioSuprema a situlr, supreme by site. The original site was the flat delta shaped land at Petone. The town was then called Britannia, making New Zealand’s major cities start with the letters A, B, C, and D (Auckland, Britannia, Christchurch, and Dunedin). Wellington became the capital in 1865 when the seat of government was transferred from Auckland. Until the earthquake of 1855 most of the land now lying between Lambton Quay and the waterfront did not exist. The Hutt motorway and the railway now runs along an uplifted part of the seabed. The Port of Wellington serves other New Zealand ports and provides links with other parts of the world. It is the North Island terminal for the Cook Strait ferry service.
There are many places of interest and many buildings to visit including Parliament with its dynamic-shaped annexe. Others include the Beehive, the Victoria University and National Museum, the National Art Gallery and one of the world’s largest wooden buildings, the old Government Buildings. Good views of the city are obtained from Mount Victoria and also by taking the cable car to Kelburn. Oriental Bay is an attractive inner city beach just a few minutes walk from the central business district.
Cruise Port: What to do in Wellington
Wellington isn't New Zealand's largest city, but in spite of that it's arguably the one centre in the country that really feels like an international, cosmopolitan city. This is where Peter Jackson chose to set up his movie making empire after the success of the Lord of the Rings films, the nightlife is some of the best in the country, and those with a taste for fine food will find all kinds options to tantalise them.
The city is also known for its lively and varied nightlife, so if your cruise is in Wellington for more than one day, heading out for the evening is a must - there's a spot to suit everyone, whether you're after low-key relaxation or non-stop party. One thing is for certain - there's no shortage of things to do in Wellington!
Aotea Quay is the main port facility in Wellington, although some small ships may dock by the Queens Wharf Terminal. If you're disembarking at Queens Wharf, it will only be a short walk along the waterfront to get downtown. Aotea Quay is a little bit further north, and you can reach the city centre via shuttle or taxi.
New Zealand dollars (NZD) are used in Wellington, as is the case around the rest of the country. If you haven't had the chance to pick up some New Zealand currency don't worry: ATMs are common throughout the city, there are a number of banks where you can exchange foreign currency, and credit cards are accepted by most establishments.
Local life and language
Downtown Wellington has a casual/classy kind of vibe - not too stuffy, not shabby, but instead enlivened by an artistic energy. English is the main spoken language here, and all signage will be in English.
What to do in Wellington
Walk the waterfront
One of Wellington's most attractive qualities is its waterfront. If you arrive in the city on a fine day, a waterfront stroll is a must, providing it's not too gusty - after all, it isn't called Windy Wellington for nothing. Along the way you can discover sculptures, playgrounds for the kids, and the excellent Te Papa museum - and if you tire of sightseeing, it's easy to pop across the road to grab a coffee and a bite to eat at one of Wellington's many excellent cafes or indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
Catch a show
Wellington is arguably the best place in the country to delve into New Zealand's arts scene. While it's not quite on the same level as London, New York or Los Angeles, Wellington's theatrical offerings are varied, with a number of high quality productions onstage at any one time. Although most shows will have door sales, it might be worth checking online to see what's on when you arrive in port, to save on hassles once you're in the city.
If theatre isn't really your kind of thing, there are many other live entertainment options available. Stand up comedy is alive and well in Wellington. VK's Comedy and Blues Bar is one of the best places for live comedy in the city, though The Fringe Bar hosts the city's longest running open mic night, great for discovering some unknown talent.
And of course there's Wellington's music scene - not only does the city host major international touring acts, but this is a place that's bursting with local musical talent of just about every variety you can imagine. For a relaxed, sophisticated evening The Library could be a good choice, with its superb cocktails and book-lined walls, while rock â€˜n' roll fans would do well to head to San Fran for its retro tunes, and Bodega never fails to surprise and delight patrons with an eclectic range of genres.
Eat, drink and be merry
Even if you don't have the time to enjoy Wellington's nightlife, you can still enjoy some of the city's famous hospitality. Wellington is full of excellent restaurants and characterful bars, so no matter what experience or flavours you're craving, you are certain to find the ideal place. If you're after a caffeine fix, look out for Flight Coffee Hangar or Caffe L'affare, while those seeking a casual brunch or lunch could try popular spots like Fidel's Cafe, Olive or Laundry.
If you're looking to escape inclement weather, have children with you, or are merely a particularly curious person, there are several museums in Wellington that can help you to while away a good few hours. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (don't worry, everyone just calls it Te Papa) is like a combined art gallery/museum and the perfect place to go for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of New Zealand's culture and heritage.
Te Papa may be Wellington's most famous museum, but it's certainly not the only one. The Cable Car Museum is set in the old winding house that used to be responsible for hauling the cable cars which provided much of Wellington's public transport during the 20th century, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse of a bygone world. Space Place at the Carter Observatory provides young and old alike with a glimpse of the glorious heavens and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Even if you can only make it during the daytime, the planetarium is open from 10 am on weekends.
Organised vs self-guided
This is a question that cruisers have to deal with no matter which port they find themselves arriving in. On the one hand, opting for a tour offered by your cruise line guarantees that you won't be left behind by your ship, no matter what. On the other hand, going with an independent tour operator will often be cheaper, and will invariably open up a greater range of options.
Weta Studio Tours
If you've ever found yourself enthralled by movie magic, wondering how filmmakers manage to create such epic stories onscreen, you'll definitely want to head to Weta Cave for the Weta Studio Tours. Taking a tour here will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible techniques and artistry behind some of the most spectacular moments in films like the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings trilogies, Mad Max: Fury Road, District 9 and many others.
A closer look at Wellington
Of course, strolling through the city at your own pace is a perfectly valid option but if you're not quite sure what to do in Wellington, one of the best options is taking a guided tour around the highlights of the city. There are several different tour companies that offer guided trips around the city with plenty of stops to appreciate Wellington's many highlights.
Lord of the Rings tours
Those keen to get their geek on shouldn't leave the city without taking a tour of the locations in and around Wellington that were featured in the Lord of the Rings movies. From the woods of the Shire to the leafy clearings of Rivendell, you can retrace the footsteps of characters from these movies that set a new benchmark for onscreen fantasy.
If you find yourself aboard one of the many New Zealand or trans-Tasman cruises that include Wellington, take the opportunity to step ashore and find out which Wellington attractions are perfect for you.Cruises visiting Wellington
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