Passengers on Cruise ships

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If you are spending a day in Wellington as a part of your cruise, and want to join a walking tour of Wellington City, there are two options available to you.

Special Note

These walks all depart from the i-SITE Visitor Centre 111 Wakefield St at Cuba St; the final drop-off point for the shuttle buses from your ship.

See below for an image of the i-SITE visitor centre.

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Option 1. Heritage/Cable Car walk – departs 9.30am

Guests from cruise ships as well as independent travellers are welcome to book for this tour. Because this walk operates only on specific days, from early October to late April please follow the booking link on this page below to check if your desired date is available.

The route includes a ‘skip the queue’ (for our guests from North America skip the line ) ride up in the Cable Car, followed by a downhill walk through the Botanic Garden and Rose Gardens, Thorndon Heritage area, Parliament, Old St Paul's Cathedral, Old Government Building, and the Supreme Court. A brief refreshment stop is available in the Rose Garden. The Cable Car fare is included in the cost, but not refreshments.

The Botanic Gardens part of the walk is downhill with some steep sections and some steps. The city part is essentially on the flat.

This walk is not recommended for people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.

This one-way walk departing at 9.30 a.m. from the i-SITE in Wakefield St at Cuba St, finishes by 1.00 p.m. in the Government Precinct at the northern end of our city. Your guides will ensure you know how best to return to your shuttle bus pick-up point or to continue to your next point of interest.

The $NZ30.00 cost of this walk is to be paid at least 48 hours before the start time. This is to confirm your booking and to enable us to schedule our volunteer guides. Any non-booked accompanying guests will pay the guide directly. Please note that the walk will only take place if attendees are confirmed. These is no provision for 'walk-up' guests unless they are accompanying other confirmed walkers.

We are happy to assure you that if your cruise ship schedule is changed a full refund will be made.

Bookings for this walk can be made by following this link to our booking page.

On the day of the walk you will be met by our guide who will be wearing a green vest/jacket and holding a green sign.

Because it is not possible for us to advertise this walk on the cruise ship, we would appreciate it if you could pass the information on to other fellow travellers.

If you need any further information please email information@walkwellington.org.nz or by following this link Walk Wellington

Option 2. Essential Wellington Walk - departs 10am

After arriving on the shuttle at the i-SITE Visitor Centre at 111 Wakefield St at Cuba St you can join the public regular 10am Essential Wellington Walk.

On the day of the walk you will be met by our guide who will be wearing a green vest/jacket and holding a green sign.

The route includes the waterfront, Queens Wharf, Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Supreme Court, Old Government Building, Old St Paul's Cathedral, and Parliament.

This one-way walk departing at 10.00 a.m. from the i-SITE in Wakefield St at Cuba St, finishes by 12.30pm in the Government Precinct at the northern end of our city. Your guide will ensure you know how best to return to your shuttle bus pick-up point or to continue to your next point of interest.

Details of this walk are included in the Daily Walks page.

We are happy to assure you that if your cruise ship schedule is changed a full refund will be made.

The $NZ20.00 cost of this walk can be paid at the i-SITE on the day or booked in advance by following this link to our booking page.

If you need any further information please email information@walkwellington.org.nz or by following this link Walk Wellington

i-SITE Visitor Centre where you will be met by your guide.

Old Government Building