• Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Explore Wellington’s natural and cultural history on a full-day tour that includes the rugged south coast. See exhibits on maritime history at the renowned Museum of Wellington City & Sea, then travel by 4WD to Red Rocks Reserve near Owhiro Bay. Marvel at a New Zealand fur seal colony and sweeping views of Cook Strait and the Tasman Sea while an informative guide shares Maori myths and local birdlife. Enjoy a bistro lunch alongside Wellington Harbour on this small-group tour with a maximum of six people.


  • Full-day tour of Wellington and the South Coast, from Wellington
  • Learn about Wellington’s maritime history, Maori culture and more at the renowned Museum of Wellington City and Sea
  • Enjoy a fun 4WD journey to Red Rocks where you visit a New Zealand fur seal colony
  • Pass through Terawhiti Station, one of New Zealand's largest and oldest sheep stations, now also the site of a modern wind farm
  • Get great views of the Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean, Cook Strait and, on a clear day, the South Island
  • Relax during a bistro lunch at a cafe with excellent views over Wellington Harbour
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people allows for a more customized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour

Wellington Botanic Gardens

Start your full-day tour with hotel pickup by mini-coach in the morning. Your guide accompanies your small group to the world-renowned Museum of Wellington City & Sea, located in a historical building at the waterfront’s Jervois Quay. 

Browse exhibits that describe Maori mythic figures, Wellington’s early European settlements, maritime history and 20th-century changes as your guide leads you through the highlights and leaves time for you to explore on your own. 

Then hop inside a 4WD vehicle for the journey to Wellington’s wind-swept south coast. You’ll pass old Maori settlement sites, an active fault line and Terawhiti Station, crossing rugged headlands to reach Red Rocks Reserve near Owhiro Bay. Here, observe a colony of New Zealand fur seals basking on the rust-colored rocks. Your guide points out where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. Peer out over Cook Strait and the Southern Alps in the distance on clear days.

Returning to Wellington, stop at a bistro cafe for an included lunch with views over Wellington Harbour. 

Then visit the 60-acre (25-hectare) Wellington Botanic Garden, the only one in New Zealand solely dedicated to native plants. Follow your guide along pathways lined with native forest, plant and flower collections, and listen for birdlife such as tui and gray warbler.

Your informative full-day tour ends with a convenient drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Claudia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide Mike was absolutely amazing. He took us all around Wellington. His knowledge of the area is expert.

Nicole L R Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour was amazing and so was our guide Mike. He was knowledgeable, pleasant and an overall great tour guide. The sights were amazing and the who.e day was great...well worth the money. I wpould highly recommend this tour!

Sylvia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Wonderful tour and tour guide. We throughly enjoed the day.

Geri B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Great tour. Went to unbelievable sights doing things which could never be done on your own.

Ron and Geri Bise Napa, Ca

Lily Zhang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

It's a fantastic trip. We've seen lots of things. The guide is friendly and helpful. Many thanks.

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