Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Full Day tour

From US$188.65

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a short tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
  • Enjoy aerial views from Mt Victoria and the Wellington cable car
  • Spot seals in their natural environment at Red Rocks
  • Witness Oscar-winning special effects with a tour of the Weta Cave
  • Tuck into lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings, the Beehive and Old St Paul's church
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Lunch, refreshments and afternoon tea
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:30 AM

Pickup details

We pick up from any Wellington location including hotels and the port

What To Expect

Mount Victoria

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Weta Workshop

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Chocolate Fish Cafe

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Red Rocks Reserve

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Wellington Cable Car

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Lady Norwood Rose Garden

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

New Zealand Parliament

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Old St Paul's

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Wright's Hill

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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54 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 54 reviews
We had a few days to...
Charlene_W, Aug 2023
We had a few days to spend in Wellington and this was the perfect way to do so. We didn't have to worry about getting lost, parking, driving on the narrow streets (which we are not used to). We enjoyed our time and Sam was great!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
rapt that we made your time in Wellington enjoyable and hassle free cheers John
Getting to Know Wellington
Kathleen_C, Aug 2023
Our guide, Steve, was so knowledgeable, warm, informative and delightful! He gave us a real feel for this beautiful city, taking us to fantastic lookout points. We thoroughly enjoyed sightseeing with him.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
that's great that you had an enjoyable time in Wellington with Steve. I'll pass on that feedback to him thanks Kathleen cheers John
Nice time.
Steven_H, Apr 2023
Very nice trip. Great place to visit and best way to see the city. I would recommend to anybody. Nice lunch also.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
thanks Steven cheers John
Great Tour in a Great City
trvlr1313, Mar 2023
We had a great day with John. He met us early and we fit in all the highlights plus a quick shop for All Blacks merchandise before getting back to the cruise ship that left early. He was full of information and we saw so much. We loved every minute. Great tour in a great city.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Very important to get that souvenir of your trip downunder. Glad you both had a great day out cheers John
Very enjoyable and educational
Donna_M, Mar 2023
Steve was wonderful. He picked us up at the foot of the cruise ship gangway and gave us wonderful commentary on his country and customs throughout the day. We started by viewing downtown and the main government offices as he answered our questions about local and national issues. We then proceeded to the top of the mountain to look down over the entire city while he pointed out places of interest. Lunch was at a beach side cafe where my husband tried the local favorite, whitebait, which was very mild and enjoyable. We took a cable car ride to the top of a mountain, and this was the only portion of the day that I would have chosen to skip, as it really did not afford any views that were better than any others. While at the top, we explored the cable car museum, which offered older cars for viewing and information on the building and functioning of the system. Steve met us at the top of the cable car and took us to the botanical garden where we walked the rose garden which was slightly past prime blooming but still had some lovely specimens. The begonia house, however, was in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous. Steve then drove us around to another portion of the botanical garden, fully wooded, and escorted us through, explaining different plants and their history of use. Before returning us back to the cruise ship we stopped at a local pub for a fleet of beer tasting for my husband and a glass of wine for me. Normally he said he would have gone to the brewery for the tasting but since I don’t drink beer he made the adjustment. Throughout the day, he was open to all questions and shared much about his personal experiences which greatly enhanced our understanding of the locale and enjoyment of the day. It was a wonderfully enjoyable and educational day.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
thanks for taking the time to provide this comprehensive feedback Donna. I'll pass your kind comments onto Steve cheers John
Fantastic tour and great guide
Pretoria_T, Feb 2023
I loved the entire tour, laid back but informative. Beautiful scenery, interesting monuments and places and a great guide.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
thanks Pretoria great to know we are on the right track cheers John
Well worth every penny to enjoy this custom tour.
Karen_H, Jan 2023
John was fabulous. He's professional, knowledgeable, and very flexible. He drove us to so many wonderful places. He adjusted a few things to make it easier for my 88-year-old mother. Lunch at Chocolate Fish was delicious and the conversation was quite enjoyable. I would go on another tour with this company in a heartbeat.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
thanks Karen and glad you both enjoyed your day out in Wellington cheers John
Great fun
Gina_S, Dec 2022
Our guide, John was friendly and knowledgeable and showed us all around the city. Great experience. We really enjoyed it
Response from Host, Dec 2022
I had a fun day out as well thanks Gina cheers John
Wellington private tour
debbie, Dec 2022
Andrew provided private tour in Wellington. Lots of knowledge about the city, very personable, excellent service. Thanks
Response from Host, Dec 2022
thanks Debbie and I'll pass those kind words onto Andrew cheers John
Wonderful Private Tour in Wellington
tmejskinner, Dec 2022
Andrew was a wonderful host to the city he is quite proud of. He took us to every corner of the city. Gave pertinent and at times funny commentary and went above and beyond with his efforts. If you want to see Wellington properly, Andrew is your man!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
thanks for that feedback and I'll pass it on to Andrew. Glad you had a great day in Wellington cheers John
Worth the cost.
Charlotte_M, Oct 2022
Sam was great. He listened to our requests. He picked a great place for lunch. Safe thoughtful driver.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
thanks for that feedback Charlotte. I'll pass that onto Sam cheers John
Best of Wellington
Jack_T, May 2020
John was a wonderful guide. We had plenty of time to see everything with out waiting in lines, looking for parking etc. what we did in one day would have taken us 3 days on our own.
Response from Host, May 2020
great to hear you both enjoyed your tour in Wellington Jack. All the best for the rest of your travels around the North Island cheers John
Comprehensive Full-Day Wellington Tour
Brett_R, Mar 2020
We very much enjoyed the full day Wellington Sightseeing tour. Tom, the driver / guide, picked us up from the cruise port and did an excellent job showing us all around the greater Wellington area, including the harbour area, city, tram, mountain lookouts, and Weta Workshop, providing great information about the city. Also included in the tour was a nice lunch at a seaside café, which had a great view of the Wellington harbour. This tour allowed us to maximize our time in port in order to see all of the key sights.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
thanks for that feedback Brett - great to know that Tom gave you a memorable day in Wellington cheers John
Full-Day Wellington
ChaintiC, Oct 2019
Had a great tour with Kelvin. Saw the sights we wanted to see and had a great lunch. Highly recommend Kelvin as tour guide for a Day in Wellington.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
thanks for that feedback Chainti. Great to know you had a great day with Kelvin while you were here cheers John
Well worth every single dollars
BoonLeong_Y, Jul 2019
The guide is good and every little things are being taken care of. My family will surely visit this city again and of cause the same company that provide the service would be asked again.
Response from Host, Jul 2019
thanks for the glowing review Boon Yeo and we would love to see you back in Wellington again.
We did this tour on our first day in...
DeborahLee_B, Mar 2018
We did this tour on our first day in Wellington and it was so worthwhile. It gave us an overview of Wellington and we were able to do some really nice things - including the Weta Caves and the Cable Car. John - our tour guide - was amazing. Everything was so organised. The tour was personal and he really went out of his way to make us feel comfortable. He was also really easy going and happy to stop at places that weren't included in the tour to accommodate us. Would definitely recommend this tour - especially for first time visitors.
Whoa! Absolutely best tour we done...
Karen_K, Feb 2018
Whoa! Absolutely best tour we done in New Zealand. From the booking and our requests John certainly delivered a spectacular day. We seen from the south to the north of wellington and so much in between. Cant thank you enough John for the day, filled with lots memories and knowledge John had shared with us about Wellington. AMAZING. John I said it would be hard for our other tours to beat yours and I can honestly say You won hands down. Please keep up the great service you are providing. Unfortunately my neighbour and brother do not stop at wellington. We will be highly recommending you to our friends who choose to travel to wellington. Thanks again Karen
Our tour guide, John, was excellent...
Elizabeth_R, Jan 2018
Our tour guide, John, was excellent! I was able to contact him before our trip through email and plan the various places we wanted to see. He communicated immediately and was able to fulfill all of our wishes. We wanted to see the Southward Auto Collection especially and the beaches along the way. We stopped at the World War II Memorial which was meaningful. He was informative, answered questions and showed us some extra special places along our route. Very friendly and knew the area well. I would highly recommend working with John on this tour for whatever special places you wanted to see.
We wanted to get to know this...
Sebastian Q, Dec 2017
We wanted to get to know this beautiful capitol city without the hassle of too much company. We were first time vistors so first impressions can make or break a tour. We learned alot about the city, to many places, experienced Weta and even had time in the end for Te Papa! Great experience! Thank u
Both Tony and myself thoroughly...
Jannine R, Nov 2017
Both Tony and myself thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Phil arrived early to pick us up and showed us every courtesy throughout the day. The lunch at the Chocolate Fish was superb. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone. For a private tour it was great value.

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