Wellington is located at the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of the main ports of call for visitors heading for the country on a cruise holiday.
With the main cruise lines docking in the city itself, you won’t have to head far to visit the main attractions when you head ashore into the capital city.
Arguably the main attraction within Wellington itself is New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. It’s a fantastic place to explore the history and culture of the islands, with a special focus on the Maori people who have long called the country their home.
Referred to by the tagline ‘coolest little capital in the world’, the city is also home to the Wellington Museum for anyone who wants to learn more about Wellington’s maritime history as well as New Zealand’s National Library and the National Cricket Museum – which is located at the historic Basin Reserve ground.
Wellington also has a popular zoo where you can get closer to nature as well as Zealandia; a special wildlife sanctuary that is home to some of the rarest and most endangered native species.
A trip on the iconic Wellington Cable Car to the hills overlooking the heart of the city means you can take in impressive views across Wellington, with similar vistas to be enjoyed if you head for the Botanic Gardens.
Head outside the city limits and you won’t have far to go to see the natural beauty of New Zealand with the lakes and rivers of Wairarapa and the stunning scenery of Hutt Valley accessible with ease from the capital.
The area around Wellington was also used for filming of the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy and you could use your time ashore to book a trip that visits some of the key locations, with a trip to the Weta Caves Workshop allowing you to see a number of props from the films.
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