Wellington dubbed the ‘Windy City’ is New Zealand’s capital of art and culture at the bottom of the North Island. It’s a charming city surrounded by rugged coastline where you’ll find friendly people and plenty of attractions. You’ll love exploring this iconic city during your cruise holiday, and Cruise Sale Finder has the cruise deals to get you there.
With plenty of Wellington cruises paying a visit, there are options galore when it comes to choosing a cruise holiday from New Zealand.
P&O Cruises- P&O Cruises is an excellent option for those who have never cruised before and want to taste the cruising life. You’ll find entertainment galore, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of activities on super comfortable ships.
Royal Caribbean - There are endless thrills for everyone onboard Royal. The friendly customer service and facilities make Royal a favourite with cruisers.
Dream Cruises - This is a cruise line that isn’t afraid to venture outside the box to provide guests with memorable experiences.
Holland America Line - A touch of classic cruising is what Holland offers, and we love their dedication to outstanding customer service and elegance.
Princess Cruises - This brand is dedicated to customer satisfaction and offers an eclectic selection of itineraries in Australia and the Pacific region.
Celebrity Cruises - With fantastic facilities, great food and a wealth of things to do, Celebrity appeals to travellers of all ages. They offer many itineraries that get you closer than ever to incredible destinations.
Maasdam - A delightful mid-sized cruise ship. With comfortable suites, excellent food options and a varied schedule.
Majestic Princess - Introduced in 2017, this Princess ship features the latest and greatest in cruise technology. You’ll find everything you need aboard to ‘Come Back New’.
Ovation of the Seas - This is Royal Caribbean's largest cruise ship yet. Ovation of the Seas has sixteen beautifully designed decks to provide guests with a more exceptional cruise experience.
Celebrity Solstice - You’ll find all your favourite cruise classics aboard this highly rated vessel. From pools and day spas to exceptional dining and first-class entertainment, the Celebrity Solstice offers it all – and a little bit more.
Cruise from Wellington
Smaller ships dock at Queens Wharf right in the centre of the city, while the bigger vessels use Aotea Quay, which is a 20-minute walk from the central city. Both terminals are approximately ten kilometres from Wellington’s International Airport.
There are plenty of different cruises from Wellington. Visit nearby destinations like Australia and the South Pacific. There are short and longer-term itineraries to suit everyone. Visit Pacific Island destinations like Noumea and the stunning Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. Other options travelling further include visits to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tasmania.
Over 220,000 visitors cruised into Wellington during the 2018/2019 season, and those numbers will rise.
The Wellington cruise terminal has everything visitors need including phone, internet and restrooms. The Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is nearby in Civic Square which is a short walk from the terminal.
There’s a range of shops, cafes and bars a short distance from the terminal as well as Te Papa Museum which is a must-do while visiting Wellington.
Ride the iconic red cable car from Lambton Quay for a spectacular view of the city and surrounds.
Hit the shops on famous Willis and Cuba Streets for unique shopping and eateries.
Take a Lord of the Rings location tour around Wellington. You’ll visit filming locations used in Middle Earth.
Best Times To Visit Wellington
Try and visit during the summer months to make the most of the stunning coastlines and annual festivals.
The best time to visit Wellington is between March-May when the weather is still warm, and the city isn't overcrowded.
Winter, which spans from June-August, is considered the low season, and strong gusty winds and rain characterise it.
Transport Around Wellington
There are plenty of options for navigating the city before or after your Wellington cruise ship getaway.
Luckily Wellington is a flat and compact city. It’s super easy and recommended to explore by foot. Local transport is available, and you can buy a $5 NZ day-tripper pass for daily use.
Hop On Hop Off bus will take you straight to some of the top sights where you can choose to explore further or carry on to your next destination.
Taxis are available outside the cruise terminal to take you wherever you wish.
The East By West Wellington harbour ferry is your link between the city (Queens Wharf) and the seaside village of Days Bay. There are optional stops at Matiu/Somes Island, scientific reserve in the middle of Wellington Harbour.
Wellington is a delightful inclusion to any New Zealand cruise itinerary, so make sure you get out and explore the coolest little capital.