Hop On Hop Off is now proud to offer the Wellington Discovery Tour!

Unfortunately, due to the current global situation, we have had to suspend our Hop On Hop Off service until further notice.

However, we now offer a city tour option, so we can still show you all Wellington has to offer, just in a slightly different manner! The Wellington Discovery Tour is 3.5 hours long and departs at 9am and 1:30pm everyday. We include all the major sights like Mt Victoria lookout, Weta Cave, Botanic Gardens, Old St Paul’s, Parliament, Oriental Bay, the rugged South Coast and even a ride on the famous Wellington Cable Car!

The price is $150 for 1 or 2pax, then $50pp thereafter.

 

BOOK NOW or contact 0800 246877 or bookings@hoponhopoff.co.nz if you require further information

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Wellington Discovery Tour

Join an enthusiastic, passionate, and experienced guide on a half-day tour of Wellington's city, suburbs, and coastline.

Tour Description.

Explore Wellington’s top spots as well its historical suburbs and rugged coastline while discovering more of Wellington’s history, geography, architecture, arts and culture, from your passionate and knowledgeable guide on this small and interactive group tour.

Your guide will reveal some of the Māori mythologies, history and early settlement of Te Whanganui o Tārā,  as well as the character and unique architecture of Wellington, its earthquakes, marine wildlife, film industry, the flora and fauna, the arts, sculpture and culture, the food, and the world famous coffee and craft beer scene, as well as New Zealand’s unique parliamentary system. Did we mention the coffee? There is time on the tour for multiple stops at Wellington’s most iconic landmarks as well as discovering the suburbs, harbour and coastline of Wellington with great photo opportunities along the way.

Tour Highlights

  • Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Wellington Cable Car (included in price)
  • Old St Paul’s
  • Parliamentary Buildings (including the iconic Beehive)
  • Botanic Gardens (including the Lady Norwood Rose Garden)
  • ZEALANDIA (the world’s first inner-city wildlife eco-sanctuary)
  • Weta Cave
  • Oriental Bay
  • Wellington’s rugged southern coastline
  • Historical suburbs

What You Need to Know

  • Departs daily from the Wellington i-site (145 Wakefield Street) at 9 am and 1.30 pm
  • Booking in advance is essential
  • Complimentary city-centre accommodation pick-up and drop-off available by request
  • One-way ride on cable car included in price of tour

Our Hop On Hop Off Service is currently suspended

iSITE Visitor Centre (Tour Bus Stop) / City Gallery The i-SITE is the awesome tourist information hub of our city. Book our Tour (and other attractions) and get great advice from one of the i-SITE consultants. Open 8.30am–5pm. The City Gallery show-cases national and international artists, with month-long exhibitions, this Gallery is a great visit for art lovers. First Bus: 9.30am Last Bus: 2.30pm
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i-SITE Visitor Centre (Tour Bus Stop) / City Gallery
First Bus: 9.30am
Last Bus: 2.30pm
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Mt Victoria Lookout
(5 minute Photo Stop)
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Wellington Zoo
First Bus: 10.05am
Last Bus: 3.05pm
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Cuba Quarter / Ghuznee Street [outside Milk Crate cafe]

First Bus: 10.15am
Last Bus: 3.15pm
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Top of Cable Car
First Bus: 10.25am
Last Bus: 3.25pm
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Zealandia
First Bus: 10.35am
Last Bus: 3.35pm
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Botanic Garden / Lady Norwood Rose Garden
First Bus: 10.40am
Last Bus: 3.40pm
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Parliament / Old St Pauls Cathedral
First Bus: 10.45am
Last Bus: 3.45pm
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Wellington Museum
First Bus: 10.50am
Last Bus: 3.50pm
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Te Papa / Oriental Bay
First departure: 9:30am
Last Bus: 3.55pm
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 i-SITE Visitor Centre
Tour Bus Stop – 145 Wakefield Street / City Gallery
The i-SITE is the awesome tourist information hub of our city. Book our Tour (and other attractions) and get great advice from one of the i-SITE consultants. Open 8.30am–5pm.
The City Gallery show-cases national and international artists, with month-long exhibitions, this Gallery is a great visit for art lovers.
Departures: 9.30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
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Mt Victoria Lookout
(5 minute Photo Stop)
This is the only scheduled 5 minute Photo Stop where you can Hop Off the bus, grab some photos and appreciate the 360° vistas from the top of Mt Victoria in the heart of Wellington’s Town Reserve, before getting back on the same bus to continue the loop.
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Wellington Zoo *
Enjoy a lovely stroll through Wellington Zoo, a delightful setting to get up close and personal with over 500 New Zealand native and endangered exotic animals. Entry is $24
*Entry not included
Schedule: 10.05am, 11:35am, 1:05pm, 3:05pm
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Cuba Quarter / Ghuznee Street [outside Milk Crate cafe]
The heart of Bohemian Wellington. The Cuba Quarter is filled with cafes, bakeries, boutique shops, quirky characters, craft beer breweries, and even a chocolate factory. There’s something for everyone’s taste.
Schedule: 10.15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 3.15pm
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Top of Cable Car *
Take in the stunning view from the lookout and be sure to visit the Cable Car Museum and . Cable cars run every 10 minutes, and our stop is at the top. To ride the Cable Car and continue the loop, you’ll have to go down and back up again. A return ticket is $9 per adult.
*Entry not included
Schedule: 10:25am, 11:55am, 1:25pm, 3:25pm
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Zealandia **
A must see eco-attraction, Zealandia is a 225 hectare sanctuary, home to some of the world’s rarest and most extraordinary native birds, reptiles and insects and set in wonderfully lush native New Zealand forest. Entry is $22 per adult. Zealandia by Day tours are $55pp.
**Entry not included but 10% discount applies on any Zealandia by Day tour
Schedule: 10:35am, 12:05pm, 1:35pm, 3:35pm
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Botanic Garden / Lady Norwood Rose Garden
Explore 24 hectares of beautiful gardens, native bush, exotic forests and colourful floral displays. It is a lovely stroll from our Cable Car Stop down through the Botanic Garden to this stop.
Schedule: 10:40am, 12:10pm, 1:40pm, 3:40pm
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Parliament / Old St Pauls Cathedral 
New Zealand’s Parliament buildings, with our unique Beehive (home of the Prime Minister
and Cabinet) and Edwardian Parliament House (home of the Ministers of Parliament).
Free hourly tours are available between 10-4 and depart on the hour.
A 2 minute walk from the Parliament stop brings you to Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Our warm and wonderful gothic style, native timber cathedral pays homage to the early settlers of New Zealand and their religion. One of New Zealand’s great heritage sights.
Open 9:30-5, entry is by donation. Guided tours are available for $7.50 per adult, but must be booked in advance.
To visit Old St Paul’s and continue the loop, you must walk back to the Parliament bus stop.
Schedule: 10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm
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Wellington Museum
Voted one of the world’s top 50 museums, our own local museum charts the life of our city, our triumphs, disasters and local growth. This is a fantastic museum. Entry is free, but Guided Tours are available. Please call to inquire. The museum is currently open 10-5 Thursday – Sunday.
Schedule: 10.50am, 12:20pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm
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Te Papa / Oriental Bay
New Zealand’s world-famous interactive national museum. Entry into Te Papa is free for all to explore the History and Culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. The museum is open 10-6 every day.
Wander dreamily along Oriental Parade – take your shoes off on Wellington’s golden sand beach (yep, truly golden!). Enjoy a great coffee, lunch or good old Kiwi ice cream from the local dairy; all the while savouring the stunning views across the harbour.
Schedule: 10:55am, 12:25pm, 1:55pm, 3:55pm

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