Combine panoramic views and a stroll through the lovely Botanic Gardens with a visit to Old St Paul’s Cathedral and Te Papa Tongarewa.
Embark on a leisurely drive to the summit of Mount Victoria, which stands at 643 feet above sea level. Have your cameras ready to capture the sweeping panoramic views of the city and harbour. Your journey will continue into the heart of the city past the Parliament Complex, New Wellington Cathedral and the central business district to the Botanical Gardens.
Wellington’s 54 acre Botanic Gardens encompass both native bush and exotic gardens with the centrepiece being the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House. Lady Norwood boasts over 1,200 varieties of roses as well as begonias, ferns, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, frangipani and gardenias.
Following your Botanical Garden visit, there will be a tour of Old St Paul’s Cathedral which was completed in 1866 and represents a fusion of European architectural style and local material. The neo-Gothic façade and interior are built entirely of native timber and the stained-glass windows inside the Cathedral are magnificent.
Your drive will take you along Wellington’s waterfront to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum, dedicated to New Zealand’s past, present, and future. Join your Te Papa host for an informative guided tour of this fascinating museum. The Museums extensive collections include artefacts, cultural treasures, a Maori meeting house, and ornate carvings. Whilst the exhibitions celebrate New Zealand's geology, history and unique natural environment and feature stories of the Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of total walking over level paths, therefore comfortable, flat and enclosed shoes are recommended.