Cruise passengers

Stopping in Wellington on a cruise? Get out for half a day and back to the ship on time with this easy itinerary of top spots around Wellington's Harbour northern fringe.

Cruise around the Hutt

All possible on a BusAbout day pass on any number 83 bus, leaving every half hour from any bus stop along Lambton Quay. Or catch a train to Petone to get you started.

A  taste of Italy

Walk a few minutes to La Bella Italia, an authentic Italian restaurant with an amazing atmosphere and delicious, fresh food. Pick up authentic Italian supplies for back onboard or snacking.

Fashion and foodie fun

Still on your feet, take a stroll down Jackson Street. It’s lined with historic buildings that are now filled with cafés, boutique shopping and independent retailers. Wellington is known for its quality coffee and Go Bang Café have some of the best. Stop in for a caffeine hit and home baking.

Where Wellington began

Petone Historical Jail and Police Station, which is halfway along Jackson Street, is a great location for learning about the area’s history. Keep the history theme going at the Petone Settlers Museum, which is a few blocks over on the Foreshore. The place where the museum stands marks the spot where New Zealand’s first settlers from Europe came ashore from their ships.

All angles of Wellington harbour

Breathe in the sea air as you walk along to Alfred Memelink Gallery. Here you can purchase a canvas painting of iconic Wellington locations and see work by New Zealand artists. The gallery is special too because it overlooks Petone Beach and Wellington Harbour.

Inspiring art

The Dowse Art Museum is your next stop. This design and craft museum has an international reputation, a regularly changing exhibitions programme and vibrant events. Their gift shop stocks New Zealand designed and made products and there’s a café next door. In Dowse Square you can fill your drink bottle with artesian water from an underground bore. 

An ice cream to beat all ice creams

Get back on the bus and travel down to Zany Zeus in Moera. Their organic dairy products are something to write home about. Fill up on their halloumi sandwiches, sample brinza and other cheeses or order an affogato – which is particularly good with chocolate Ghana ice cream.

Sunny bays and village life

Pick up the bus again on Randwick Road and ride it out to Eastbourne, a seaside village with a variety of shops. Enjoy sea views or get adventurous; at Days Bay (just before Eastbourne) hire a canoe or kayak at the wharf and paddle around the bays.

The Days Bay Pavilion sells ice creams or try their delicious wood-fired pizza. And Chocolate Dayz café just along the road is a great spot for a caffeine hit.

Take a short-cut back to the ship: a harbour ferry

The East by West Ferry sails from Days Bay over to Queens Wharf in the centre of Wellington city. If you’re heading home early, then stopping at Matiu/Somes Island is another great walking opportunity. It’s an island in the middle of Wellington Harbour, and a tranquil retreat for wildlife, that once served as a quarantine station. You might even spot a tuatara.