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Martinborough Winery Tour

1. Martinborough Winery Tour

Enjoy a 5 hour guided tour of the Martinborough wine region in the Wairarapa starting with a spectacular drive over the stunning Remutaka Ranges. Stop at the Remutaka Summit for amazing views before heading down into the Wairarapa.  Enjoy the view across the Stuart Macaskill Lakes from the viewing platform perched in the native bush above. Visit three of the Martinborough regions' best wineries and enjoy their Cellar Door experiences as you sample the world-class products available. Specific wineries are available by request. Visit C'est Cheese and try some of their locally produced cheeses or something from further afield. Have a look at the on-site cheese factory and peruse the available cheeses from around the country and the world. Great place to grab a snack for the road if needed.  Transportation is available. Guests may share a vehicle with others. No exclusivity guaranteed.

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.

Wellington: 9-Minute Scenic Flight Ride

3. Wellington: 9-Minute Scenic Flight Ride

Soar high and get a birds-eye perspective with land and ocean views from all angles. Enjoy a scenic flight over Wellington and discover the city from a unique aerial perspective. Moments after boarding your helicopter, ascend from the heart of New Zealand's capital city on a short 9-minute exhilarating flight. In an instant, the Wellington landscape will be brought into perspective before your eyes. Marvel at the unique birds-eye views of the skyline below you, dotted with iconic buildings such as Te Papa, the Beehive, and the Cake Tin. You may even get to see the Marlborough Sounds and upper South Island on clear days.

Zealandia by Day Tour

4. 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. 

1-Way Ferry Service Between Wellington and Picton

5. 1-Way Ferry Service Between Wellington and Picton

Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most spectacular ferry crossings in the world, between the north and south islands of New Zealand. With 92 kilometers of breathtaking views, the 3.5-hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist activities.   There are 3 different ships in operation every day, so you’ll always have a wide choice of travel times.   Once on board, enjoy a range of activities. Stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal and a drink, or catch one of the latest movie releases. You can also simply relax and take in the breathtaking view. Keep your children busy with a play area, nursery, cartoons and video games. Plus, there’s plenty of seating for families.

Wellington: Private Day Tour with Lunch

6. Wellington: Private Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of Wellington’s city and coastline with a local guide on a small-group day tour. Your fully-inclusive tour includes entry fees, lunch, and refreshments. Be picked up from your accommodation at 9:30 am.  Head to the top of Mt Victoria for superb views of the city and the harbor. Visit Peter Jackson’s Weta Cave where you will see their mini museum and shop as well as have time for photos of ome of the props on display. Savour lunch by the sea at the renowned Chocolate Fish Cafe, a casual and quirky outpost that serves seafood sandwiches, burgers and salads.  After lunch, continue along the rugged coastline around to Red Rocks. Head off-road to see the seal colony (seasonal). Return to the city for a cable car ride, then walk through the picturesque Botanical Gardens to the Lady Norwood rose gardens. Visit the iconic Beehive, Parliament buildings, and Wellington's oldest church. Finish your day at Wright Hill, a historic military site with views over the greater Wellington region. Tour concludes with drop off back to your accommodation around 4:30 pm. 

Wellington: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

7. 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.

New Zealand: 11 Day South Island Tour

8. New Zealand: 11 Day South Island Tour

Set off on an adventure-filled 11-day tour to discover and explore New Zealand's South Island with accommodation and some activities included. Day 1 - Wellington to Kaikoura Travel across the Cook Strait, one of the most enjoyable and beautiful ferry journeys in the world. Go for a wine tasting in the Marlborough region and visit the Kaikoura Seal colony. Day 2 - Kaikoura to Christchurch Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Enjoy the amazing panoramic views of Kaikoura and discover hidden gems of Christchurch in a city street art trail. Day 3 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Marvel at the stars at the Dark Sky Project, Lake Tekapo. Visit The Church of the Good Shepherd. Hike up Mount John for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Day 4 - Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook (return) Spend the day at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park before Hiking the Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake. Day 5 - Lake Tekapo to Queenstown Delight your palate with a buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant (at your own expense). Day 6 - Queenstown free day Have the whole day to yourself and explore the wonders of Queenstown. Day 7 - Queenstown to Glenorchy day trip Cruise past the late, soaking up the views, and onto Glenorchy where you'll do some short walks. Day 8 - Queenstown to Wanaka Hike Roys Peak (6-hour return) and take in breathtaking views over Lake Wānaka (only accessible from November to May). Mt Iron hike (alternative to Roys Peak); provides 360-degree views of The Pisa range. Visit the famous Wanaka tree. Day 9 - Wanaka to Franz Josef Thunder Creek falls in Mt Aspiring National Park. Visit Lake Matheson, famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Day 10 - Franz Josef Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop (included) and walk the Glacier valley walk in Franz Josef. Day 11 - Franz Josef to Christchurch Take a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass, walk the Castle Hill track, and admire Devils Punchbowl waterfalls.

Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

9. Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

Embark on a guided tour with an experienced local guide to the Martinborough region from Wellington.  After meeting your guide, you will enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, with a brief stop at the summit, before descending into the Wairarapa region.  Taste a range of fantastic local and imported cheeses and gourmet foods at a popular local cheese shop in Featherston. Experience Martinborough winemaking by visiting some of the oldest vineyards in the region, before savoring a delicious lunch overlooking the spectacular countryside.  At the Martinborough Brewery, you will be able to sample 4 of the 8 craft beers on offer and wander amongst the oldest olive trees in Martinborough. Learn about different varieties of olive and how they are grown. You will also find out how to taste olive oil like a professional, before discovering how to use the full range of infused oils in quick, easy and delicious recipes.

Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

10. Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

Explore Wellington's highlights on a 5-hour fully-guided tour. After pick-up at a meeting point your hotel, head along the Wellington Waterfront and up to the Mt. Victoria Lookout. Marvel at stunning 360-degree views of Wellington city and it's picturesque harbour. Journey along the coastal drive around Oriental Bay and Evans Bay Parades. Stop briefly at the iconic windy Wellington sign. Arrive at the famous Weta Cave Shop, the hub of Weta Studio Tours in Wellington. It's not just a retail store: it's a cavern of creativity. At the Weta Cave, snap a selfie with the life-sized sculptures, wander through the mini-museum, and watch the exclusive documentary.  Continue along to scenic Shelly Bay and around the Miramar Peninsula. Break for lunch at a seaside cafe or restaurant. Pause for a moment of remembrance at the Wahine Memorial Park. Explore the south Wellington coast, Taputarenga Marine Reserve, and Te Kopahou Reserve Visitors Centre. As the tour returns to the city, benefit from optional stops available at central city locations including the Cable Car, National War Memorial, Brooklyn Wind Turbine or Old St Paul’s Cathedral before the final drop off at Wellington I-SITE.

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4.8 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Phil was knowledgeable about the region and very friendly. Despite a number of road closures due to flooding he contacted the different venues to rearrange time frames so we did not miss out on anything. The brewery was closed that day, so Phil arranged an additional winery for tastings. Would definitely recommend these guys.

Our party was picked up from our door which was helpful. There was a craft market in Martinborough which held up the traffic but understanding that this was out of the driver's control, Phil was able to keep the dialogue going around local history.

Phil is an excellent communicator. I have no hesitation in recommending and reusing his services especially if we are holidaying in Wellington again. 5 Stars+

Absolutely worth it. Stunning views, observatory has excellent shows and cabl car museum was fun too. So easy to get to right in the city.

Our guide was very knowledgeable, we saw a lot of kaka but caught glimpses of tui, lorikeet, saddleback. Walkways wide and easy to use.