Wellington cruises destination information
|Wellington itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 2, 2019||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3238|
|Dec 8, 2019||Sydney to Auckland, 7 Nights||from $632|
|Dec 11, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 11 nights||from $1309|
|Dec 15, 2019||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $2263|
|Dec 20, 2019||New Zealand and Tasmania, 18 nights||from $8505|
|Dec 21, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2267|
|Dec 21, 2019||Holiday Australia and New Zealand, 16 nights||from $20509|
|Dec 22, 2019||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $1547|
|Dec 27, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $19778|
|Dec 29, 2019||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $1547|
|Jan 4, 2020||New Zealand Discovery, 14 nights||from $2627|
|Jan 4, 2020||South Pacific and the Land Down Under, 38 nights||from $41700|
|Jan 4, 2020||Viking World Wonders, 119 nights||from $123180|
|Jan 5, 2020||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $2985|
|Jan 6, 2020||EXC In-Depth Pacific Treasures and New Zealand Navigator Collector, 28 Nights||from $5326|
|Jan 7, 2020||Winelands Down Under , 14 Nights||from $34221|
|Jan 7, 2020||New Zealand and Tasmania, 14 nights||from $11913|
|Jan 10, 2020||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $18226|
|Jan 12, 2020||New Zealand, 14 Night||from $5094|
|Jan 12, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2683|
The Stunning Main Port of Wellington
The capital, at the southern tip of the North Island, is a cosmopolitan centre of government and commerce. It is known for its winds, its winding streets, and its homes clinging to the hillsides, but above all, its harbour.
Wellington has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and rejoices in the motto, ioSuprema a situlr, supreme by site. The original site was the flat delta shaped land at Petone. The town was then called Britannia, making New Zealand’s major cities start with the letters A, B, C, and D (Auckland, Britannia, Christchurch, and Dunedin). Wellington became the capital in 1865 when the seat of government was transferred from Auckland. Until the earthquake of 1855 most of the land now lying between Lambton Quay and the waterfront did not exist. The Hutt motorway and the railway now runs along an uplifted part of the seabed. The Port of Wellington serves other New Zealand ports and provides links with other parts of the world. It is the North Island terminal for the Cook Strait ferry service.
There are many places of interest and many buildings to visit including Parliament with its dynamic-shaped annexe. Others include the Beehive, the Victoria University and National Museum, the National Art Gallery and one of the world’s largest wooden buildings, the old Government Buildings. Good views of the city are obtained from Mount Victoria and also by taking the cable car to Kelburn. Oriental Bay is an attractive inner city beach just a few minutes walk from the central business district.
Cruise Port: What to do in Wellington
In the heart of New Zealand’s capital is one of the tastiest Vietnamese restaurants in the country. Restaurant 88 boasts authentic Vietnamese cuisine in its beautiful wood-clad site on Tory Street. Owner Luke brings his family’s home-made delicious dishes to the ever-popular menu, many of which have become local favourites. From Bun Cha Gio and Pad Viet on the dinner menu to the delectable Trung Nguyen Tiramisu and Xoai Mango for dessert (among many others), every meal is lovingly created with flavourful, fresh ingredients. Restaurant 88 is a popular place - best to book a table before you visit. Celebrate getting yourself a Wellington cruise deal by heading to Restaurant 88 for a brilliant night out.
Where: 88 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Opening hours: Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm till late
Concrete Bar & Restaurant
One of the hottest spots in Wellington’s CBD, Concrete Bar & Restaurant has a relaxed yet classy atmosphere, serving up fantastic meals and an excellent range of beer, wine and cocktails. When you mix delicious flavours with local produce, you know you’re in for a treat. From burgers to crispy pork belly, fresh salads, tasty entrees, and even small dishes to enjoy over a beer or two, there’s a little of everything at Concrete Bar & Restaurant. Not only is the food and drink superb, but the decor and ambience is something to write home about. Sweeping wooden floors with wrap-around windows on Level 1 of Cable Car Lane make for a beautiful dining experience. A short taxi ride away from the ports, you’ll want to head here every time you pick up a Wellington cruise deal.
Where: Cable Car Lane, Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Meet with friends, family or colleagues over a delicious meal at The Bresolin; it’s the perfect spot to celebrate after taking advantage of one of our Wellington cruise deals. Located in a restored Edwardian villa, classic and modern merge together effortlessly to create a beautiful atmosphere in a unique, homely way. Out in the beautiful courtyard, enjoy a hot meal while the fire roars during the winter months, or sip a cool drink on those warm summer nights. The Bresolin menu includes delicious vegetable, seafood, meat, and wood-grilled steak dishes, as well as the tasty Feast platters to share with your table. Enjoy brunch on the weekends, and dessert all day every day. As the website says, ‘who doesn't like ice cream for breakfast?!’
Where: 278 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:30am - late
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00am - late
If you’re one who enjoys political satire, tastefully humorous sketches and fantastic all-day dining, Backbencher Gastropub in Wellington is the place to go. Conveniently located just across the road from Parliament House (aka the Beehive), this historic building is now home to a beautiful 1000-wine-glass display, a lounge for hire, and a sports bar area. As well as the excellent interior design, you’ll be treated to the unique extra touches of famous politician puppets and satirical drawings. Enjoy delicious, creative recipes using fresh ingredients for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert. After booking one of our exciting Wellington cruise deals, keep the party going by visiting Backbencher Gastropub.
Where: 34 Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am - late
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00am - late
Step into a patchwork of colours, with quirky bar stools, wooden floors and a unique rustic feel. The decor in Maranui Cafe is just the beginning, just wait till you try their hearty kiwi meals. Jump in a taxi before (or after!) booking one of our great Wellington cruise deals, and head around the coast to Lyall Bay. Tucked into the sand, overlooking the beautiful Wellington Cook Strait is Maranui Cafe. From bagels to pancakes, salads to quesadillas, you’ll be sure to find a delicious meal to satisfy those cravings. Enjoy the amazing breakfast menu from 7 am - 3 pm, or join the locals for Happy-Go-Lucky Hour for craft beers and wines from 4 pm - 5 pm every day.
Where: 7A Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington, 6022, New Zealand
Opening hours: Open 7 days, 7:00am - 5:00pm
Queen Sally's Diamond Deli
A delicatessen like no other, Queen Sally's Diamond Deli is worth heading out of the Wellington central business district for. When a fire devastated Lyall Bay’s Maranui Cafe, Queen Sally’s opened up to keep the locals happy. A decade later, both stores are flourishing in this little Wellington waterside suburb, and show no signs of slowing down. Pop into Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli to sample their eclectic range of meals, complemented with piping hot Havana coffee. Don’t have time to stop? Queen Sally’s has a brilliant Take Home Menu, which means you can order, pick up and keep exploring. Wellington cruises aren’t the only deals around. Head to Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli for a fantastic meal.
Where: 200 Queens Drive, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Smith the Grocer
You can smell the coffee and the freshly baked scones down the street from Smith the Grocer. Pop into the Lambton Quay cafe and enjoy the quirky charm of mismatched chairs and tables. Always full of happy locals sitting down to a delicious meal from the breakfast or lunch menu, this place has a fantastic atmosphere. Smith the Grocer is also a popular spot to stop for food on the go; check out their cabinet full of freshly prepared salads, wraps, frittatas, and sweet treats. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it’s easy to step off one the Wellington cruise deals trip you’ve taken and into this cosy cafe.
Where: Old Bank Arcade, 233 - 237 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
It’s safe to say the majority of Kiwis who call Wellington home have ventured to Karaka Cafe. It’s a Wellington cultural institution, and you can’t spend time in this beautiful city without checking it out. Dine out by the edge of the Whairepo Lagoon on a sunny day, or head indoors during the cooler months; no matter where you are in the cafe, the views across the water are glorious. Locals and tourists flock to Karaka Cafe, especially for its version of the Hangi, a traditional Maori meal which includes house-smoked chicken, veggies, and the ever-popular fry bread. Karaka Cafe is also home to the majority of wines from the world’s first Maori-owned wine company: Tohu. Enjoy the pinot gris, merlot, chardonnay and more in the beautiful outdoor area. Book one of the fantastic cruise deals and begin or end your time in Wellington at Karaka Cafe.
Hand-rolled Neapolitan pizzas, freshly baked in a wood-fired oven: does anything sound more delectable? Pizza Pomodoro specialises in Italian pizzas, but they also have a range of other scrumptious pizza options ready for ordering. Calzone Pomodoro, Capricciosa, Gamberetti, and the classic Margherita are some of the mouthwatering options on the pizza menu, but flip over to the desserts and be tempted by Tiramisu Caffe and Pannacotta Cioccolato. While the pizza parlour is primarily for takeout and delivery, the store does have a few little tables - perfect for small groups. Pick up a pizza then pick up one of our fantastic Wellington cruise deals.
Sterling Woodfire Eatery & Bar
The wood-panelled walls and large skylight in the lounge-like Sterling Woodfire Eatery & Bar create a cosy atmosphere in the heart of Wellington. The woodfire oven is key to creating the flavours and dishes at Sterling, and with such a fantastic range of seasonal meals, it’ll be difficult to pick just one. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus are full of delicious options, and don’t even get us started on the decadent dessert menu. No matter what time of day your Wellington cruise makes port, head on up to The Terrace to enjoy a meal in the cosy restaurant.
Where: No 101, The Terrace Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Open: See website for full list of opening hours.
Egmont St. Eatery
Fresh. Simple. Seasonal: that’s the Egmont St. Eatery motto, and that’s exactly what you get when you visit this inner-city restaurant. An industrial carpark revamped and transformed into a multi-level, bright and light eatery, this Wellington hotspot has a lot to offer. The change of seasons and the produce that comes with it is reflected in the rich, bold flavours of the dinner menu, while the lunch menu is more casual, combining lighter ingredients to create flavourful salads and sandwiches. Join them for brunch on the weekends, or pop by in the evenings to indulge in a dessert (or two!). Head to Te Aro when your Wellington cruise makes port, you don’t want to miss dining at Egmont St. Eatery.
Where: 11 Egmont Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Open: Monday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 7:00 am until late
Saturday: 8:00 am until late
Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
CoCo at The Roxy
CoCo at The Roxy is a local favourite in Wellington’s Miramar neighbourhood. 1920s flapper-style decor and incredible sculptures and artwork from Weta Workshop create a unique vibe as you step through the doors, a lovely ambience only enhanced when you try the dishes on the menu. From piping hot soups to richly flavoured burgers, leafy green salads to sweet desserts, CoCo’s has a delicious array of exciting meals. Put CoCo at The Roxy at the top of your restaurant list when your Wellington cruise makes port, you don’t want to miss out!
Where: 5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington, 6022, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 388 5555
Discover traditional Brazilian flavours and cooking styles in the heart of Wellington at Wildfire Restaurant. This establishment is New Zealand’s first Brazilian steakhouse, and for one set price for the churrasco experience, you’ll be able to help yourself to as much delicious food as you want. Wildfire offers several dining options, so you can choose from the ‘churrasco experience’ for the standard tapas and tasters plus churrasco and side dishes, or opt for the ‘churrasco completo’ for the standard meal plus desserts, or go big with ‘churrasco deluxe’ for everything plus seafood platters. You also have the option for a vegetarian meal, or an a la carte menu. Be sure to stop in at Wildfire Restaurant when you’re in port during cruises around New Zealand.
Where: 60 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Office hours: Monday to Tuesday 5 pm - late, Wednesday to Sunday 12 pm - late
Wellington Cable Car
Cruises usually only stop in Wellington for the day, but you can’t leave the city without taking a historic ride on this Kiwi capital’s famous Cable Car! Delve into the history of Wellington when you step aboard New Zealand’s only functional funicular railway. Rising from the city centre up through the terraces of Kelburn to a lookout high above the city is the perfect way to discover Wellington’s unique charm. From there, you can easily make your way to the Cable Car Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden and Space Place at Carter Observatory, or take a free shuttle to the Zealandia eco-sanctuary.
Where: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011
Open: Monday-Friday: 7am-10pm, Saturday: 8:30am-10pm, Sunday 8:30am-9pm
Set in the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful cultural capital, a city regularly frequented by cruises, BATS Theatre fits right in with Wellington’s art-loving vibe. Bringing theatrical goodness to the city since 1989, BATS brings an incredible level of variety to their yearly line-up - theatre, improv, stand-up comedy, dance and more experimental works all find a home here. This is the perfect place to discover New Zealand’s next generation of bold new creatives, see cutting edge art and be wildly entertained along the way. BATS Theatre is just around the corner from the restaurants and nightlife venues of Courtenay Place, making this the perfect spot to add something special to your night out in Wellington.
Where: 1 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Open: Evenings - varies according to current shows
Cashmere Lounge Restaurant & Bar
Cruises to Wellington will leave most people exploring just the CBD, but to really experience something special you’ll want to take a trip out to the suburb of Khandallah. Cashmere Lounge & Restaurant serves up an à la carte menu to die for, featuring mouthwatering gourmet dishes largely crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The bar side of Cashmere is no less impressive: a generous array of wine and beer from all across the world, complete with a cellar selection of rare vintages perfect for special occasions, will have you spoiled for choice. Round that out with an appealing cocktail list and premium spirits, and a great night is all but guaranteed.
Where: 4 Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah, Wellington 6035, New Zealand
Open: Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 4pm-11pm, Lunch: Friday-Sunday: 10am-2pm
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Feel like you’ve just arrived home, the minute you step through the doors of Gilmer Apartment Hotel. This boutique apartment hotel is located right in the heart of Wellington’s CBD, within easy walking distance of the waterfront and Te Papa Museum, and just a short cable car ride from the beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden and Space Place, an ever popular planetarium located at Carter Observatory. All apartments are fully furnished and feature ensuites, kitchenettes and complimentary WiFi. Perfect for business trips, family holidays and romantic getaways, Gilmer Apartment Hotel evokes the comforts of home no matter how far you’ve come. While not many cruises start or end in Wellington, it’s well worth visiting this culturally vibrant city on your own bat.
Where: 10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
The Thistle Inn is no average pub. Not only is this New Zealand’s oldest pub, founded in 1840 and reportedly frequented by historic patrons like legendary warrior chief Te Rauparaha and acclaimed author Katherine Mansfield, Thistle Inn has built on this heritage to become one of the finest pubs in the entire country. With a mission to deliver quality gastro cuisine with the highest standards of customer service, this is a place where you can expect a warm, welcoming and all round top notch experience. So if you’re on one of the cruises which stop in Wellington for the day, drop by the Thistle Inn to experience a slice of Kiwi history, with a side of delicious food and excellent service.
Where: 3 Mulgrave Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Open: Monday-Saturday: 10am-1am
Savour the authentic flavours of the Indian subcontinent when you spend an evening dining at Little India. Founded as a Dunedin family restaurant in 1991, Little India has proven huge hit with Kiwis, expanding to 16 different restaurants across the country. At least some of this popularity is no doubt due to the fact all the restaurant recipes come from family matriarch Premjit Kaur Gill, and each Little India head chef has been trained by her in her own kitchen in Chandigarh. Cruises frequently call into New Zealand’s buzzing capital city, so to discover for yourself what kind of flavours Northern India has in store, head into the heart of Wellington and take a seat at Little India - mouthwatering meals await.
Big Thumb Chinese Restaurant
For a taste of Chinese cuisine that rises far above takeaway fare, you can’t do much better than a visit to Big Thumb Restaurant. Boasting delicious traditionally prepared dishes, Big Thumb specialises in several different types of tasty Chinese delicacies. Specialist chefs create the a la carte dishes, one from Hong Kong for all the Cantonese food and another from Southern China for the Sichuan cuisine. There’s even a specialist Dim Sum chef for Big Thumb Restaurant’s daily lunchtime Yum Cha! Many cruises stop in Wellington for the day, so for some of the finest, most authentic Chinese cuisine in the city, get some friends together and book a seat at Big Thumb Restaurant.
Where: 9 Allen Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Open: 7 days, 11am till late
This isn’t just any old bottle store. Regional Wines pride themselves on being a place that deftly caters to those who are passionate about great wine, beer and spirits. If you’re hunting for a particular drink that’s proven tricky to find, step in to Regional Wines and have a chat to some of their beverage experts. With the know-how to guide you toward the perfect tipple, the staff at Regional Wines are there to make sure you find something that suits you down to a tee. Discover something extraordinary when you step through the doors at Regional Wines. Be aware that while cruises will generally allow you to bring alcohol onboard, it may be held in safekeeping for the duration of the voyage.
Where: 15 Ellice Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Open: Monday-Tuesday: 9am-7:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday: 9am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7:30pm
Discovering great beers should be an adventure, not a hassle - and at Hashigo Zake, that’s exactly how it is. This self-described ‘cult beer bar’ regularly changes up their on-tap offerings, so beer lovers can always find something new and exciting to try. In addition to the generous handful of beers on tap, Hashigo Zake also serves an impressively extensive range of bottled beers which range across the entire palate, from light and refreshing to strong and rich. Cruises which stop by Wellington will give you the chance to explore the city on foot, so don’t miss your opportunity: open every day of the year (barring Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), Hashigo Zake makes it easy to find a new favourite brew.
Where: 25 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Open: Sunday-Monday: 12pm-9:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 12pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 12pm-1am
There’s nothing wrong with having a favourite beer, but life can get pretty boring if you never change things up. That’s the Malthouse philosophy, which why they’ve been introducing Wellington visitors and locals alike to new brews since 1993. If you’re on one of the many cruises which call into the city, this is a must. Set on Courtenay Place, one of the city’s most exciting dining and nightlife spots, The Malthouse allows you to dive into a world of beery flavours, from pilsners and pale ales to stouts and porters - you never know, you might just discover a new favourite brew. The Malthouse staff are passionate about beer, so no matter what kind of taste you prefer, they’ll be able to help you find a draught that suits you perfectly.
Where: 48 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Open: Monday-Tuesday: 3pm-12am, Wednesday-Sunday: 12pm-12am
Chocolate Dayz Cafe
Chocolate Dayz Cafe is a gorgeous little beachside spot set on the shore of Days Bay. Cruises to Wellington are fairly common, so if you find yourself stepping ashore in this city, consider a trip to this cute cafe. Backed by bush and with stunning sightlines over Wellington Harbour, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque place to grab a coffee. Whether you’re wandering down for bit of breakfast or enjoying a glass of wine or beer with your lunch, Chocolate Dayz Cafe is perfect for savouring some casual, relaxed refreshment. If you manage to head there on a sunny day, don’t miss the chance to soak up some rays in the outdoor courtyard, with covered pergola seating.
Where: 614 Marine Drive, Days Bay, Lower Hutt, Wellington 5013, New Zealand
Open: Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday: 8am-4:30
Looking for a cake that exceeds the ordinary? You need to get in touch with Cake Society. No matter what kind of occasion you’re catering for, they’re able to provide you with a cake that suits perfectly. With the option to select from an impressive range of confections or order a bespoke cake made to custom specifications, it’s easy to get just the kind of thing you’ve been searching for. To sample Cake Society’s creations without buying a whole cake (perfect for those on cruises with day trips scheduled for Wellington) you can head down to Press Hall where you’ll find their patisserie. Pick up a tasty treat for breakfast or lunch, or sit down for a delightful high tea - the choice is yours.
Where: Corner of Willis Street and Mercer Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Patisserie open: Monday-Tuesday: 8am-3:30pm, Wednesday-Friday: 8am-7pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm
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