The Shore Excursions NZ Wellington City Sights tour is a perfect introduction to Wellington City! Visit all the must-see sights and attractions, as well as venturing out for a leisurely cruise around our rugged Southern coastline. Make the most of your holiday in Wellington on this popular tour – a short yet thorough overview.
Wellington City Sight Tour Highlights – Tour includes city, harbour and hill views from some of the city’s most spectacular vantage points, as well as visiting many of Wellington’s most famous sights, landmarks and icons. These include:
* The famous Beehive and Parliament Buildings.
* Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the finest example of Revival Gothic architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.
* Exquisite Lady Norwood Rose Gardens.
* The largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere,
* Various buildings exemplifying classic early Wellington architecture.
Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Wellington City, hills and harbour from the summit of Mount Victoria, and drive around the rugged and pure scenic bays of Wellington Harbour.
Tour Duration: 3 hours
Breathtakingly beautiful – Wellington’s famous Old St Paul’s, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places.
Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people.
Gaze at Old St Paul’s unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture.
A new larger cathedral was built in the 1960s throwing doubt on the future of Old St Paul’s. The church was saved, restored and reopened.
Mount Victoria provides stunning 360 degree views of Welllington City, the harbour and the ocean to the south. Car and bus access is via Alexandra Road, while walking tracks lead from Oriental Parade and Majoribanks Street.
Legend has it that Wellington harbour, originally a land-locked lake, was home to two large and very active taniwha (sea monsters). One taniwha forged a passage to the open sea creating the entrance to the harbour. The second, named Whataitai, tried a different route, became stranded and died. It is believed that Tangi-te keo (Mt Victoria) was named after the soul of Whataitai.
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