Passengers on Cruise Ships

A special welcome awaits you for your day in Wellington.

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.

Option 1. 

The walk will depart from the front of the Wellington Railway Station at 9.30am and finish at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand between 11.30am and 12 noon. The route will cover Old St Paul's Cathedral, Parliament, Wooden Government Building, Supreme Court, Lambton Quay, Old Bank Arcade, Queens Wharf and the waterfront and on to Te Papa.  Alternatively, on request, the termination point can be at the i-SITE Visitor Centre Civic Square.

The route is generally the reverse of the 10am Essential Wellington Walk.

Bookings for this walk must be made at least 48 hours before the start time by emailing Walk Wellington so that a guide can be scheduled. Please include in your email the date, number of walkers and contact name.

Note that the walk will only take place if attendees are confirmed and that there is no provision for 'walk-up' patrons unless accompanying other confirmed walkers.

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.

As on line bookings are not available, payment of $NZ20 per person must be made in cash to the guide.

Directions to the meeting point.

The Cruise Ship Terminal is on Aotea Quay directly across the main road from the Westpac Stadium. Exit the arrival security area to Aotea Quay and walk south on Waterloo Quay towards the City, following the covered walkway, for about 950 metres to the pedestrian crossing lights at the intersection with Bunny St. Cross Waterloo Quay at this point and walk towards the front of the Railway Station building.(photo below) where your guide will be waiting.

Look for the guide in the bright green vest at the front of the railway station building. This location is about a 15 minute walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal at Aotea Quay.



Wellington Railway Station front entrance


Option 2.   Make your way to the I-SITE Visitor Centre at the Civic Square, Wakefield St. The journey will take about 8min by taxi, 35min for a 2.3km walk, or by shuttle bus from the Aotea Quay terminal. You can then  join the regular 10am Essential Wellington Walk. Details of this walk, including booking arrangements are given above.


Wellington City with two cruise ships in port

Special information for Holland/America Cruise Ship passengers

On Holland/America cruise ships, bookings can be made on board the ship for the Walk Wellington Wellington Heritage Walk.

Passengers taking this walk are transported from the Aotea Quay terminal to Old St Paul's Cathedral, and then further on to the walk starting point. The trip is completed in 2 hours, and passes through the Thorndon historical area, the Botanic Gardens and Rose Gardens, the Bolton St Memorial Park, the Government Centre and concludes at the cruise ship shuttle pick-up point in Brandon St. From there you can catch a shuttle bus back to your ship, or continue to explore Wellington.

Visitors from the Oosterdam in the Botanic Gardens

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