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  • 15
  • Aug
  • 2014

Top 5 things to do in the Port of Wellington on your New Zealand cruise

Wellington, New Zealand’s cosmopolitan capital city, is located at the southern tip of the North Island and at the physical center of the country. Not sure what to do when you visit Wellington on your memorable cruise to New Zealand? Here are five activities you should definitely check out during your shore excursion time:

Enjoy the view at Mount Victoria: The Mount Victoria Lookout offers unparalleled views of the city of Wellington. You can see panoramic sights of the city from the top of Mount Victoria, watch the Cook Strait ferries sail into the harbor and the planes go in and out of the airport.

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Go on a safari at Zealandia: You don’t have to travel far from Downtown Wellington to see an amazing wildlife sanctuary.


Photo courtesy of Zealandia

Zealandia is a preserve that offers families the chance to see some of the island’s unique flora and fauna, and it’s only 10 miles away from the city center. It’s also a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Photo courtesy of Zealandia

Stroll down Cuba Street: This is where the hip, artistic community of Wellington hangs out. You can grab a cup of coffee and people-watch, or take a walk down the street and visit the small boutiques and galleries that populate each block.

Ride the Wellington Cable Car: Another great sightseeing activity, the Wellington Cable Car gives you a terrific introduction to the city and let’s you view attractions such as Kelburn Park and The Terrace.


Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruise Lines

Visit the Weta Cave: It’s difficult to overstate the impact that the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy had on New Zealand’s tourism industry. The Weta Cave, located at the studio where much of the trilogy was filmed, gives you an inside look into the story of its production.

For more information on things to do in Wellington port, check out our Destination Guide on our website. Let plan your itinerary. We can take care of all the fine details so that you can focus on having a good time and enjoying your vacation! Visit our website today at or give us a call at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784). Ask for Jeremy or Rachel, our Australia/New Zealand cruise specialists.

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