Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Wellington


If you’re thinking of visiting New Zealand on your next cruise trip, then Wellington should be on your ‘must-visit’ list!

Wellington makes an appearance on nearly all of our New Zealand cruise itineraries – check out the latest deals here.

Or if you’d like to find out more about what Wellington has to offer, keep reading.

About Wellington

Wellington is well-known in New Zealand for its arts scene, outdoorsy lifestyle and world-class cafés and restaurants – a great place to spend a day or two on your New Zealand cruise.

The capital city is home to around 400,000 people, and is the most populous city in the country. It actually has more cafés, bars and restaurants than New York City, despite being less than a quarter of the size. It’s a great place to walk around, and it’s possible to take in most of the city in just a few days.

Top things to do in Wellington include visiting Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum; taking a Wellington shore excursion, which takes you around some of the city’s most magnificent sights; a cable car tour up to the botanical gardens; and for film buffs, the Lord of the Rings half-day tour.

And of course you’ll have the chance to visit some other fascinating destinations in the area, including Auckland, Tauranga, and the Fiordlands.

Cruise lines currently visiting Wellington include Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and P&O Cruises.

Book a Wellington cruise with Cruise 1st

Our New Zealand cruise deals page has some fantastic deals on cruises visiting Wellington and the surrounding area. We update these deals regularly, so don’t worry if you can’t see anything that suits your price range or timescales.

Here are some of our current favourite deals:

Luxury New Zealand (cruise/stay/fly)
Cruising on Celebrity Solstice
27th November 2014 for 13 nights

This cruise begins at Sydney and stops off at Melbourne, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland. You’ll stay in a hotel in Auckland before your return flight to Australia.

South Australia and New Zealand (fly/cruise)
Cruising on Radiance of the Seas
5th November 2014 for 17 nights

After a flight from Sydney, you’ll embark on your cruise from Perth and visit Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and back to Sydney.

Australia, New Zealand & Vietnam (cruise/fly)
Cruising on Voyager of the Seas
16th March 2015 for 31 nights

Setting off from Sydney, this cruise visits Wellington, Picton, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Port Hedland, Laem Chabang, Phu My and Singapore. From there you’ll fly back to Sydney.

Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Philip Capper.

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