A Great Sightseeing Tour & Wellington’s 17 Best Hop Off Stops

Hop on board one of our highroof minibuses (11 passengers max) and traverse Wellington's narrow and winding streets on our intimate and informative two hour guided Tour.

Take in stunning views, fascinating 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 3 photo stops where you can get off and explore, and then get back on the same minibus 5-10 minutes later.

And we have handpicked the best hop off and hop on stops if you want to enjoy any of Wellington's iconic attractions for longer (hourly schedule). Our personalised service means we always know when and where you want to be picked up again.

We depart daily from the city i-SITE Visitor Centre bus stop, on the hour starting at 10am, with the last Tour leaving at 2pm.

Don't just see Wellington, EXPERIENCE it.

Three Photo Stops at:  Mt Victoria   |   The Cable Car   |   Old St Paul's 

Three great places to explore and take photos and get back on the same minibus 5–10 minutes later. Bathroom facilities are available at the top of the Cable Car.

Our Hop on Hop off Tour map

1 i-SITE Visitor Centre (Tour Bus Stop)

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.

10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 1.00, 2.00
2 Courtney Place/Embassy Theatre

Courtney Place has a panoply of fantastic cafe’s, restaurants and bars. Embassy Theatre is a wonderful historic cinema and host to the World Premiers of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

10.03, 11.03, 12.03, 1.03, 2.03
3 Mt Victoria Lookout

(5-10 minute Photo Stop)

Quite frankly, it's impossible to describe the 360° vista from the top of Mount Victoria. It has to be experienced.

10.10, 11.10, 12.10, 1.10, 2.10
4 Wellington Zoo*

Enjoy a lovely stroll in a delightful setting and get up close and personal with over 500 New Zealand native and endangered exotic animals.

10.25, 11.25, 12.25, 1.25, 2.25
5 Weta Cave

Life-sized and miniature models are on display from amazing movies including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, District 9, Avatar, King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia. Weta also offers the Weta Cave Workshop Tour*, where you see some of the props and models they’ve created over the years and learn about the processes they use to make such cool stuff.

Weta Cave Workshop Tour* runs every half hour from 10am to 5pm.
Advance booking highly recommended.

10.40, 11.40, 12.40, 1.40, 2.40
6 Sheepskin Warehouse

A wide range of top quality New Zealand made sheep, lamb skin and wool products, offering GST free overseas posting.

10.50, 11.50, 12.50, 1.50, 2.50
7 Oriental Parade

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.

10.55, 11.55, 12.55, 1.55, 2.55
8 Cuba Quarter

See funky places and faces while you browse Cuba Quarter’s wonderfully eclectic shops. The home of Wellington's quirky culture.

11.05, 12.05, 1.05, 2.05, 3.05
9 Cable Car*/Carter Observatory*

(5–10 minute Photo Stop)

Take in the stunning view from the lookout and be sure to visit the Cable Car Museum. Cable cars run every 10 minutes, our stop is at the top of the Cable Car. (Where you can also have a “rest stop”.)

Carter Observatory is New Zealand’s place for space, with a great range of Planetarium Shows and exhibitions.

11.10, 12.10, 1.10, 2.10, 3.10
10 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.

11.20, 12.20, 1.20, 2.20, 3.20
11 Botanic 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.

11.25, 12.25, 1.25, 2.25, 3.25
12 Katherine Mansfield Birthplace*

Step back into Victorian New Zealand at the 1888 birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished authors.Closed on Mondays.

11.28, 12.28, 1.28, 2.28, 3.28
13 Old St Paul’s

(5–10 minute Photo Stop)

Our warm and wonderful native timber gothic style cathedral pays homage to the early settlers of New Zealand and their religion. One of Wellington’s great heritage sights.

11.29, 12.29, 1.29, 2.29, 3.29
14 Parliament

New Zealand’s unique capital buildings, with our wild Beehive (home of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Edwardian Parliament House, (home of the Ministers of Parliament).Free hourly Tours depart on the hour (so allow for a 2 hour hop off).Closed at 4pm on weekends.

11.36, 12.36, 1.36, 2.36, 3.36
15 Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Voted one of the world’s top 50 museums, our own local museum charts the life of our city, our triumphs and disasters and local growth. This is a fantastic museum. Guided Tours* are available, please call to inquire.

11.42, 12.42, 1.42, 2.42, 3.42
16 Te Papa

New Zealand’s world-famous interactive national museum, nothing more needs to be said…

11.45, 12.45, 1.45, 2.45, 3.45
17 City Gallery

Show-casing national and international artists, with month-long exhibitions, the City Gallery is a great visit for art lovers.

11.50, 12.50, 1.50, 2.50, 3.50

$45 Adult $30 Child (under 14)

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).

Free pick up is available from selected accommodation (drop off at the i-SITE). Call us before 9am on the day of your Tour to arrange.

If you are travelling on a cruise ship please see following instructions and map.

See following map >

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

–Taxi (about 5 minutes and $15 each way)
–Shuttle bus to/from ship to i-SITE (which your cruise ship operates for $10/return)
–Walk about 25-30 minutes (2.5km/1.5m) along Waterloo Quay or the waterfront
see blue route on map

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

–Taxi (about 5 minutes and $15 each way)
–Shuttle bus to/from ship to Brandon St (which your cruise ship operates for $10/return) and 10 minute walk to i-SITE see orange route on map
–Walk about 25-30 minutes along Waterloo Quay or the waterfront 
see blue route on map

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

–Walk about 10 minutes (800m/900yds) along the waterfront to i-SITE
see red route on map

Operating Hours/Days

Tours depart on the hour from 10am to 2pm

We operate seven days per week except Christmas day and closed on Mondays from 1 June to 30 September.

Closed 24th April 2015 (ANZAC Day Parade).

Other Important Information

Passes are valid for one 2 hour Tour (excluding hop off time) on the same day.

Passes for the 1pm and 2pm Tours are valid for use the next day up to 1pm or 2pm, please enquire

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

Book your Wellington Tour

Because seats are limited on our smaller minibuses we highly recommend you book in advance. Simply select the day you would like to join us and you'll be taken to our secure booking page.

Please Note: We are closed on Mondays from 1 June to 30 September, our apologies for any inconvenience.

If you do not wish to pre-purchase your tickets, you are a welcome to purchase them directly from a Wellington Hop On Hop Off City Tour staff member. We can accept VISA, MasterCard or cash (correct change is appreciated). Please note, we do operate on a first-come basis so we do recommend booking if possible.

For large group bookings, please contact us directly.

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