A great guided tour and Wellington’s 11 best hop-off stops

Hop on board one of our minibuses and traverse Wellington’s winding streets on our intimate and informative 1½ hour guided Tour.

Take in stunning views, cool architecture, eclectic suburbs and beautiful coastal scenery while our local guides tell you all about Wellington’s unique culture, history and city life.

Enjoy our Mt Victoria photo stop where you can get off and shoot pics, and then get back on the same minibus 5 minutes later.

We have handpicked the best hop off and hop on stops in Wellington.

Tours depart and finish from the city i-SITE Visitor Centre bus stop at 101 Wakefield St, starting at 9.30am, with the last Tour leaving at 2.30pm.

BOOK TOUR

$45 ADULT $30 CHILD (under 14)

How to get to us:

Tours start and finish at the bus stop at 101 Wakefield St, next to the i-SITE Visitor Centre in the city (see map below).

If travelling on the Celebrity Solstice, Radiance of the Seas or Voyager of the Seas you have two options:

  • Taxi (about 5 minutes and $15 each way)
  • Shuttle Bus – operated by your cruise ship

If travelling on the Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Sun Princess or Diamond Princess you have two options:

  • Taxi (about 5 minutes and $15 each way)
  • Shuttle Bus – operated by your cruise ship

If travelling on a cruise ship that docks at Queen’s Wharf:

  • Taxi (about 5 minutes and $15 each way)
  • Shuttle Bus – operated by your cruise ship

Whilst every effort will be made to deliver the Tour as listed, we reserve the right to alter timetables, routes, pick ups or alternative transport.

Summer Operating hours/days

Tours depart the i-SITE from 9:30am, and run every 45minutes. So 9:30am, 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm and 2:30pm.

On Cruise Ship Days we run every 30mins. So 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm.

Final departure from the i-Site will be at 2:30pm every day.

We operate seven days per week, except Christmas day.

Closed Christmas Day (25th December)

Other important information

Passes are valid for one day – hop off as many times as you like.

Whilst every effort will be made to deliver the Tour as listed, we reserve the right to alter timetables, routes, pick ups or alternative transport.

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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
i-SITE Visitor Centre (Tour Bus Stop) / City Gallery
First Bus: 9.30am
Last Bus: 2.30pm
Courtenay Place / Embassy Theatre / Oriental Parade
First Bus: 9.35am
Last Bus: 2.35pm
Mt Victoria Lookout
(5 minute Photo Stop)
Wellington Zoo
First Bus: 10.05am
Last Bus: 3.05pm
War Memorial / Great War Exhibition
First Bus: 10.15am
Last Bus: 3.15pm
Cable Car
First Bus: 10.25am
Last Bus: 3.25pm
Zealandia
First Bus: 10.35am
Last Bus: 3.35pm
Botanic Garden / Lady Norwood Rose Garden
First Bus: 10.40am
Last Bus: 3.40pm
Parliament / Old St Pauls Cathedral
First Bus: 10.45am
Last Bus: 3.45pm
Wellington Museum
First Bus: 10.50am
Last Bus: 3.50pm
Te Papa
First Bus: 10.55am
Last Bus: 3.55pm
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 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
Courtenay Place / Embassy Theatre / Oriental Parade
Courtenay Place is Wellington’s entertainment hub and has a variety of fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars. Embassy Theatre is a wonderful historic cinema and host to many World Premieres & Red Carpet events.
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.
First Bus: 9.35am
Last Bus: 2.35pm
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.
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 per adult.
Hop on Hop off tickets receive a discount on the entry fee.
First Bus: 10.05am
Last Bus: 3.05pm
War Memorial / Great War Exhibition
Created by Sir Peter Jackson and housed in the historic Dominion Museum building, this exhibition commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War. This is a truly moving and educational experience for young and old. The exhibition is open 9-6 every day, and entry is $15 per adult. Guided tours are available for $25 per adult.
Hop on Hop off tickets receive a discount on the entry fee.
First Bus: 10.15am
Last Bus: 3.15pm
Cable Car
Take in the stunning view from the lookout and be sure to visit the Cable Car Museum. 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 $7.50 per adult.
First Bus: 10.25am
Last Bus: 3.25pm
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 $17.50 per adult.
Hop on Hop off tickets receive a discount on the entry fee.
First Bus: 10.35am
Last Bus: 3.35pm
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.
First Bus: 10.40am
Last Bus: 3.40pm
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 bu stop.
First Bus: 10.45am
Last Bus: 3.45pm
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 open 10-5 every day.
First Bus: 10.55am
Last Bus: 3.55pm
Te Papa
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.
First Bus: 10.55am
Last Bus: 3.55pm

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Because seats are limited on our smaller minibuses booking in advance is a must. On our website simply select the day you would like to join us and you’ll be taken to our secure on-line booking agent. Tours depart and finish from the city i-SITE Visitor Centre bus stop at 101 Wakefield St, starting at 9.30am, with the last Tour leaving at 2.30pm

A Great guided tour and Wellington’s 11 best hop-off stops.

We have handpicked the best hop off and hop on stops in Wellington. Enjoy stunning 360 degree views of all of Wellington, the Harbour and Cook Strait; watch planes take off below you.

Call us on: 0800 24 68 77 (between 8am – 10pm)

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