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Wellington: Wētā Workshop Experience and Guided Tour

1. Wellington: Wētā Workshop Experience and Guided Tour

Visit Wellington's Wētā Workshop and step into a world of magical creativity. Learn about how special effects and props and designed and made for film and TV on a guided tour of the Wētā Cave. Meet your guide at the Wētā Cave store to begin your journey through the world of Wētā Workshop, one of the film industry’s premier special effects companies, located in the heart of Wellington’s Miramar peninsula. From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9, learn about props, costumes, and creatures were created for your favorite films. Check out cool stuff from the creative departments and catch an artist at work on the tour stage.

Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

2. Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

Follow the Cable Car signpost around Lambton Quay to find the hidden Cable Car Lane in the heart of the city centre.  Wellington's iconic Cable Car travels through three historic tunnels and over three bridges. There are three intermediate stations; the residential areas of Clifton, Talavera and Salamanca. Victoria University of Wellington and Kelburn Park Fountain can be accessed from the Salamanca Station. Enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington city and the harbor from the top of the Cable Car. To get back down into the city, there are several walks through the hillsides of the Botanic Garden, including a beautiful 40-minute stroll back down to the city centre via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive. Or if you prefer an easier route back down, choose the return journey option. This allows you plenty of time to enjoy the views and explore the surrounding attractions at the summit before heading back.

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

3. Whitianga: Cathedral Cove 2 Hour Boat Cruise

Based in Whitianga, this scenic boat cruise showcases Mercury Bay’s stunning coastal paradise at its very best. Embark on a 2-hour journey across the rugged volcanic shores of the bay and explore its beautiful beaches including Hahei and Lonely Bay. The highlight of the tour is the world-famous Cathedral Cove at Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve. The site has a rich Maori heritage, attracts around 150,000 visitors per year, and was used as a filming location for the blockbuster movie Narnia. Sit back and relax as you sail around the bay, and marvel at its stunning natural landscapes that stretch across the peninsula. Along the way, listen to your guide share entertaining live commentary about the bay and the wildlife that lives here. Make sure to keep an eye on the water too, as there's always a chance to see dolphins, whales and orcas in their natural habitat.

Whangamata: Donut Island Guided Kayaking Experience

4. Whangamata: Donut Island Guided Kayaking Experience

Embark on a short kayaking tour to Donut Island, an area which is beginning to assume iconic status alongside other regional attractions in the Coromandel. The stunning Donut Island is one of a group of islands off the coast of Whangamata which have wildlife sanctuary status. As Guardians of the islands, this tour encourages you to treat the islands with respect to preserve their future. Because of the island’s geography, access is limited due to swell and wind conditions, and only kayaks or paddleboards can squeeze through the narrow entrance. The island is a wildlife sanctuary and opens up into a beautiful lagoon which is rather out of this world. Join the experienced team on an adventure that takes you 600m off the coast of Whangamata Beach, to a secluded turquoise lagoon surrounded by native fauna and volcanic cliff rock.

Wellington: Lord of the Rings Tour with Weta Workshop

5. Wellington: Lord of the Rings Tour with Weta Workshop

Are you ready for a fantastic adventure in Wellington, New Zealand's capital and the home of Middle-earth? Visit some of the most amazing locations from the Lord of the Rings movies and the famous Weta Workshop where the films were made, with our experienced and highly knowledgeable guides with decades of experience between them. After picking you up from the Cruise Terminal or one of our several convenient Wellington City locations, you will start your journey by seeing the Embassy Cinema and learning about the extraordinary World Premieres of The Return of the King and An Unexpected Journey. Then, ascend to the Mt Victoria lookout, where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the harbour. You will then descend into the forested slopes of the nearby Outer Shire, where our expert guides will explain the process of film making and entertain you with stories of how the Lord of the Rings movies were brought to life. You will follow in the footsteps of Frodo and the Hobbits as they began their quest to destroy the One Ring. You will see the places where they encountered mushrooms and Black Riders before the "get off the road" and flee to the Buckleberry Ferry. You will have the chance to recreate some of the most famous scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and make your social media streams go crazy! Next, you head to the Miramar Peninsula and the film-making Mecca of Wellywood. This is the home of the famous Weta Workshop. Here you will discover the secrets behind movie-making magic and learn how the props, costumes, weapons and creatures were brought to life by the talented artists at Weta. You will have the chance to take photos with some of the iconic characters from the middle-Earth movies and pick up a souvenir or two, if desired. You will then enjoy a scenic coastal drive back to the City before being dropped of back at your pick-up location. This tour is a must-do for any middle-Earth fan short on time and anyone who wants a glimpse into how films are made or wants to make family and friends with an iconic photo. Book your spot today and join us on this unforgettable journey!

Zealandia by Day Tour

6. Zealandia by Day Tour

Discover New Zealand’s native wildlife on an immersive 2-hour guided walking tour at Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Located 10-minutes from Wellington CBD, the fully-fenced, predator-free ecosanctuary is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary and vulnerable animals.  Zealandia can be easily reached by car, free shuttle, or cable car from Wellington CBD. Check in at the vistor center ticket desk where you will meet your guide. Begin with introduction in the ecosanctuary’s exhibition. You will complete a short bio-security bag check before you can enter the sanctuary. This is to prevent any predators from entering the sanctuary with you. Then, venture out into the sanctuary to discovery the riches of our native flora and fauna at its very best.  Make the most of your visit with your expert guide, who will share with you the history, sights and sounds of the forest and its secrets. Witness the highly intelligent kākā (bush parrot), kakariki, tūī and bellbirds at feeding stations positioned along the sanctuary’s walkways. After 2 hours exploring the vast parklands, you will return to the visitor center. Relax after your tour with a coffee or meal at Cafe Rata. 

Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove

7. Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove

Embark on a sailing trip from Flaxmill Bay, a small cove nestled between Cooks Beach and Whitianga to see the iconic sights of Mercury Bay and Cathedral Cove. Lend a hand with the sailing or simply sit back and relax on comfy beanbags and admire the picturesque scenery.  Board our large, modern catamaran, and after a short safety briefing, set sail out to the calm waters of the bay.  As you sail, spot the area's most notable sights with the help of your guide. Keep your cameras ready as you sail past Cathedral Cove. You will enjoy some snacks and drinks during the journey.  Once the boat sets anchor, if conditions are good, choose to swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the wonderful sea life, or simply chill out on board and soak up the scenery.  The tour concludes back at the starting point in Flaxmill Bay. 

Wellington: Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop Full-Day Tour

8. Wellington: Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop Full-Day Tour

After pickup from the Cruise Terminal or one of several easy Wellington City locations, you will start your journey with one of our knowledgeable guides who have decades of experience between them. See the Embassy Cinema and learn about the amazing World Premieres held here. Then, ascend to the Mt Victoria lookout, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the city and harbour. Then descend into the forested slopes of the nearby Outer Shire to follow in the footsteps of Frodo and the Hobbits as they began their quest to destroy the One Ring. See where they encountered mushrooms and Black Riders before they "get off the road" and flee to the Buckleberry Ferry. You can recreate some of the most famous scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and make your social media streams go crazy! Next is the famous Weta Workshop to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour in a specially designed, top secret tour space. A Weta artist will share the secrets behind filmmaking and explain how the props, costumes and weapons were created. Snap photos with some iconic characters from middle-Earth and pick up a souvenir or two, if desired. After this, you venture towards the River Anduin where the Fellowship travelled to the Falls of Rauros after leaving Lothlorien. Then, you will enjoy a delicious hobbit-themed lunch where you can feast on some traditional hobbit fare to refresh your stamina for the journey ahead. All dietary requirements can be catered for, but please advise when booking. After lunch, you will drive to Kaitoke Regional Park - a stunning temperate rain forest and setting for Rivendell. Immerse yourself in the magical location and learn how the area was transformed into Elrond's house, Frodo's bedroom and more. Reenact a famous Legolas image and then recreate the scene where Frodo leads the newly formed Fellowship towards Mordor by posing in front of the Rivendell gate tower which is the only LOTR replica structure in the whole country outside of Hobbiton. You also see a scene from the start of The Two Towers and have a chance to cross a swing bridge and visit a giant 800-year-old native Rimu tree and learn about NZ's flora and fauna. Finally, you will visit the Gardens of Isengard and see where Gandalf rode to meet Saruman after discovering Frodo had the One Ring and where the wizards walked through the beautiful gardens before they were destroyed. This is also the location where the Orcs began felling Fangorn Forest. On the journey home, we pass by Dry Creek Quarry, that was used for Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith. This is now a working quarry so we are not allowed access, but your guide will share stories and photos as you see it from the road. You will then be returned to your pickup location full of information and stories that will make your friends and family jealous. This tour is a must-do for any fan and those who want to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in the Wellington region. Book today and join us on this unforgettable journey!

Wellington and Picton: Interislander Ferry

9. Wellington and Picton: Interislander Ferry

For over 6o years, Interislander has been sharing the stunning scenery of Wellington Harbour and the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds with over 800,000 passengers every year. The voyage between the North and South Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, takes just over three hours and has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and is a ‘must do’ experience for everyone exploring our stunning country. Once onboard enjoy a meal, drink in our bar, stroll the decks, watch a movie or relax in our Premium Lounge. Our three spacious and comfortable Interislander ferries - Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi - cross the Cook Strait at regular times, 7 days a week, all year round.

Wellington: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

10. Wellington: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Get to know Wellington like a local on this electric bike tour. Your guide will take you off the beaten path and show you the best places to snack and shop. Glide along the beach and enjoy panoramic views from a lookout point. Meet your guide at Queens Wharf in Central Wellington for a morning departure. After listening to the safety briefing, learn how to operate your electric bike and enjoy time practicing in a safe area before heading out. Once you’re feeling comfortable, saddle up for a fun bike tour of Wellington, and follow your guide along the Wellington Waterfront. Glide along the seafront, passing the lively port and harbor, and the beaches of Oriental Bay. Continue along the Miramar Peninsula and leave the bustle of the city behind as you cycle along the scenic coast. Pause along the way at a local café, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee, and purchase sandwiches and cakes at your own expense. Afterward, loop back towards the city. Finally, climb up to the lookout point for an unforgettable view over Wellington, the Miramar Peninsula, and the ocean. Your tour ends in the early afternoon back in central Wellington.

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Museum has free entry. No charges.. I booked early bird ticket to know more about this. But because I was only one who booked the slot, guide just explained few things and left me to explore by myself and asked me to read story for more knowledge. She was lovely person though.

The tour was throughoutly amazing. Our tour guide, Maria, has been with the project from the very beginning and was still super entusiastic about it. She pointed out so many things to us and told of plenty about Zealandia's history. Totally recommend going there.

The guide was informative, friendly and a great driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. We learned so much. The weather was perfect which was also a bonus.

We did our self guided to her and drove to the park. It’s well worth it. Easy walk, and very beautiful scenery.

Our experience was amazing! Absolutely loved every bit of the experience x Thank you a million times over.