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Taking the InterIslander Ferry in New Zealand

Taking the InterIslander Ferry in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of two halves. A scenic way to travel between the North Island and South Island is the InterIslander Ferry. Here’s what you need to know about crossing the Cook Strait by ferry, which provides picturesque views of New Zealand and on-board amenities.

Where to Go

The InterIslander Ferry runs between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. From Wellington port, ferries connect with the Overlander, Northerner, and Bay Express train services to Auckland and Napier, while arrivals in Picton link with the TranzCoastal train service to Kaikoura and Christchurch.

What You’ll See

Grab a window seat or head out on deck to take in the views as you cruise out across the Cook Strait. The 58-mile (92-kilometer) journey takes around three hours and offers dramatic views of Wellington’s skyline and Pencarrow Head Lighthouse as you set sail from the North Island. As you cross into the protected waters of the South Island, you’ll glide through the glittering waters and lush landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds, Queen Charlotte Sound, and the Tory Channel; keep a lookout for whales and dolphins along the way.

Things to Know

  • Depending on the season, there are up to 11 ferries running between Wellington and Picton daily.

  • A car ferry service is available.

  • On-board services include restrooms, Wi-Fi, a bar and cafe, and a movie theater on select boats.

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Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

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Combine award-winning wine and gorgeous scenery on a full-day tour from Wellington to Martinborough that also explores Hutt Valley, the Rimutaka Ranges, the Wairarapa coast, and Lake Onoke. You'll visit Martinborough wineries for cellar tours and tastings, pause for lunch in a vineyard restaurant, then eat dinner at the edge of Lake Onoke after a short shoreline hike. This Martinborough wine tour includes meals and a wine tasting, and it's limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.85
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$225.85
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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Board the InterIslander ferry for a 3-hour cruise across Cook Strait, which links New Zealand’s capital city in the North Island to a charming enclave in the South Island. The Wellington-to-Picton ferry offers daily service one way, with jaw-dropping views along one of the world’s most scenic waterways.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.14
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$51.14
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Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

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Across the Cook Strait is the Marlborough Sounds, a cluster of picturesque bays, inlets and islands. Set in one of these bays is the Bay of Many Coves Resort, a luxury hotel that can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. Your helicopter will leave the Wellington waterfront and fly you over the Cook Strait to the Resort. Once there, you’ll be treated to a three-course lunch at the resort’s gourmet restaurant The Foredeck.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$625.08
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$625.08

Wellington South Coast Discovery Helicopter Flight

Wellington South Coast Discovery Helicopter Flight

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Explore the outskirts of Wellington and the landscape beyond on this helicopter flight tour. While listening to commentary from your pilot/guide, fly over the rugged shores and seal colonies of the South Coast, the Cook Strait, the Karori Rock Lighthouse, and the Makara Wind Farm.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.06
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$245.06

Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

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Set amid 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of lush countryside and rolling hills, the Wharekauhau Country Estate is an idyllic spot for a lunch date and the most spectacular way to arrive is by helicopter. Make like a VIP on this 3-hour tour from Wellington, with round-trip transfers by helicopter and a 5-course lunch of gourmet cuisine and wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$479.47
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$479.47

Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

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An hour or so north of Wellington, Martinborough is fast making a name for itself as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading wine regions. Each weekend, Wellingtonians make the trek over the Remutakas to escape to this European-style wine village. This small group tour is a convenient way to visit Martinborough. There’s no need to stress about driving on country backroads, and no need to plan the day’s itinerary - leaving you to focus on the wine and the iconic scenery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.00
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$102.00
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Martinborough Full Day Wine Tour

Martinborough Full Day Wine Tour

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Sightseeiing & wine tour. The perfect tour for cruise ship travelers and tourists staying in the City. Join Brian or Anita on this fun and exciting tour to the vineyards of Martinborough to taste the regions exquisite wines and also see and stop at places of beauty on our way. We will drive through the Hutt Valley region. We will visit the Lord of the Rings filming site at the Kaitoke Regional Park and walk across the swing bridge. We stop at the Rimatuka  Lookout. You will enjoy wine tasting at three vineyards and enjoy a platter style lunch at one of the vineyards You will walk through the historic township of Greytown where the main street is lined with Victorian colonial architecture. The town also has a  number of boutique and quirky local stores such as art and craft shops . Coffee and tea stop at Grand Old Hotel Visit C'est Cheese in Featherston where you can taste or purchase from an impressive range of unique NZ .
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$174.03
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$174.03

Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Sightseeing Tour

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Whether it’s your first time in Wellington or you just want to see as much as possible during your time in port, this half-day sightseeing tour offers a great introduction to the city and a diverse range of sights. Visit the iconic Weta Cave and the historic Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, ride the Wellington cable car to the top of the city, and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40
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Wellington & Hutt Valley Half Day Tour

Wellington & Hutt Valley Half Day Tour

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This sightseeing tour is ideal for Cruise Ship travelers and for those visitors who want to experience the best guided half day tour in Wellington. Join Brian from Talk of the Town Tours for an interesting , fun and memorable trip around the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. You will visit all of the best attractions and experience a visit to the Museum of NZ and the Maori Cultural Centre. Visit the Mount Victoria lookout for panoramic views over Wellington. We will drive out to the Hutt Valley region where we will stop for a light lunch at a local cafe / bakery. This tour will give you "an experience to remember"
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.58
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$74.58
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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

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Take the scenic route from Wellington to Auckland and enjoy one of New Zealand’s most spectacular train routes. Hop aboard for a dramatic journey through the Tongariro National Park, passing along the Kapiti Coast, through the Waikato countryside, and beneath the towering peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu mountains.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.41
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$131.41
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Martinborough Foodie Half Day Tour

Martinborough Foodie Half Day Tour

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Enjoy a 5 hour return guided tour over the spectacular Remutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa region, home of world class culinary producers. Enjoy a stop at C'est Cheese factory and cafe where the tour will include a tasting platter of locally made cheeses. Continue up State Highway 2 to Greytown for a tasting of some of chocolatier Murray Langham's amazing chocolate range at Schoc Chocolates. Our third stop is in the world class wine region of Martinborough famous for it's pinot noir. Enjoy a tasting flight at one of the finest local wineries. The final stop is at the Martinborough Memorial Square in the centre of town and allows for guests to tailor the tour for their own tastes. Guests may choose one final tasting stop from Olivo extra virgin and infused olive oils, Martinborough craft brewery paddles, a local vineyard or cafe lunch, The Martinborough Sweet Shop or the Wine Bank. This final stop is seasonal, subject to availability and at the guests expense.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.28
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$109.28
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Craft Beer Tours NZ Half Day Brewery Experience

Craft Beer Tours NZ Half Day Brewery Experience

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So let’s get straight to the point. You want to visit 3 of our best Breweries? You want to taste some of the best beers you’ve possibly ever tasted? You want to get introduced to a Brewery that you will possibly talk about forever? How about meet the people who make the brews? You have a shorter amount of time but want to fill that up with as much flavour as possible? Well buckle up spaceman, this skyrockets about to take flight. First up we’ll head to Fork & Brewer, the home to over 40 brews on tap, then it’s off to Fortune Favours where good fortune will favour you after one of their beers and finally, Whistling Sisters who's ethos is to experiment and create new tastes, (Tuesday - Friday), or Heyday Beer Co, where the decor is just as hip and cool as their innovative brews. (Saturday's and Sunday's). "We don't want to give you just a tour, we want to give you an experience".
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.17
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$98.17

Small Group Daytime 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

Small Group Daytime 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

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Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary and home to some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary wildlife. This 2-hour guided walking tour will introduce you to native birds such as kakariki, tui, and bellbirds; rare species like takahē; and unique reptiles including green gecko and tuatara. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.07
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Arrival Transfer: Wellington Airport to Central Wellington City Centre Hotels

Arrival Transfer: Wellington Airport to Central Wellington City Centre Hotels

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Book a shared arrival transfer from Wellington Airport to your hotel doorstep, and enjoy a stress-free start to your trip. It’s a simple, cost-effective option that takes all the hassle out of arranging transportation after you land. Transport is by climate-controlled shuttle.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.79
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$12.79

Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

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Combine a morning of sightseeing in Wellington with an afternoon visit to Zealandia, an urban ecosanctuary right in the heart of the capital. See Wellington landmarks such as the Beehive and St Paul’s Cathedral, take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, and admire the views from the top of Mount Victoria. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of Zealandia, learn about the ground-breaking conservation project, and spot endemic wildlife such as takahe and weka.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$83.82
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$83.82

Walking Food Tour Of Wellington

Walking Food Tour Of Wellington

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Discover the ultimate Walking Food Tour in New Zealand's Coolest capital city, Wellington,experience the unique food and drink explosion that has made Wellington the trendiest little capital in the world. This is one of the most interesting and memorable food tours you will have the opportunity to join that will take you on an amazing adventure around Wellington where you will explore the hidden gems and eat and drink the magic of local taste sensations.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.06
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$142.06
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Remutaka Rail Trail Cycle Tour from Wellington

Remutaka Rail Trail Cycle Tour from Wellington

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The whole Wellington region is known for its mountain biking, but visitors often stick to the shorter central city trails to avoid hiring a car. On this tour, enjoy a longer ride through bird-filled native forest, over bridges and through rail tunnels. Equipment, transport and food are taken care of - all you need to is to be ready and dressed at your accommodation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.45
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour

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Get a personal introduction to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s premier museum based in Wellington. This 1-hour guided tour provides an overview of the museum’s interactive exhibits, artifacts, fine art and natural history displays so that you can better explore the collection on your own. You’ll get a deeper look at Maori cultural heritage and colonial history with an expert guide who share insights and offers suggestions for galleries that might suit your interests.
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  • 1 hour
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$14.58
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$14.58
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Departure Transfer: Wellington Central City Centre Hotels to Wellington Airport

Departure Transfer: Wellington Central City Centre Hotels to Wellington Airport

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Enjoy a hassle-free end to your time in Wellington with this shared departure transfer to Wellington Airport. You will be picked up from your accommodation doorstep and transferred by comfortable shuttle to the airport. It’s a budget-friendly alternative to the pricey private taxi rides.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.79
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$12.79

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Gallipoli Early Bird Entry

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Gallipoli Early Bird Entry

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Beat the crowds and explore this award-winning exhibitions before opening. Explore Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War with the peace and stillness this subject matter deserves by entering the exhibit half an hour before the public. Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to create an exhibition like no other. After a short introduction from a Te Papa Host, you will wander freely at your own pace through this gallery. Garnering international acclaim and various awards, this space is best experienced before the museum's doors are opened for general admission. * See eight extraordinary New Zealanders captured frozen in time on a monumental scale - 2.4 times human size * Learn about the battles that took place in this culturally-defining event * Discover more about the ANZAC story through 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences.
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  • 30 minutes
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$10.93
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Mana Māori Tour

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Mana Māori Tour

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Get a 60-minute introduction to the highlights of Te Papa’s ‘taonga,’ meaning a ‘cultural treasures’ in the Māori language. While admission to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is free, a small-group tour with a museum guide offers more insight on the enrich your understanding of this unique culture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.58
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Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

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View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$54.65
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Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

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Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 3 hour coach tour of Wellington. Your driver-guide points out the highlights, including historic landmarks and iconic buildings such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll stroll through the Wellington Botanic Garden, drive through the suburbs of Seatoun and Oriental Bay, appreciate the vista over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast from Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.17
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Wellington Coastal Tour

Wellington Coastal Tour

The trip is an excellent opportunity to catch a magnificent sunrise over the foggy Wellington Harbour or sunset to the South Island, over the Cook Straight. Along the shore, there are plenty of challenging subjects to shoot: Oriental Bay with its iconic Carter Memorial Fountain, the sculptures disseminated from the entrance to the Miramar peninsula up to Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Shelly Bay is a must-visit point. A chocolate fish and a delectable coffee will complete the day. If we are lucky enough, it’s possible to watch some dolphins or orcas playing around. One of the most photographed beacons is Halswell Lighthouse, marking the entrance in Wellington Harbour. Between Karaka Bay and Breaker Bay, some photogenic piers leave the shore suspended over the sea. It's a good idea also to take some photos of fishers and their catches. Going forward, Breaker Bay and Moa Point are perfect to see Interislander and Blue Bridge ferries crossing Cook Strait.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.70
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