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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.

A taste of Italy amongst a global smorgasbord

La Bella Italia

Walk a few minutes from the Petone Railway Station to La Bella Italia, an authentic Italian restaurant, deli and shop with an amazing atmosphere and the best of NZ and Italy on a plate. Pick up supplies for back on-board or grab some snacks here for later or in the "street sized pantry" of international food stores minutes up the road in Jackson Street  - with over 60 eateries within 900 metres.

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 Caffeind have some of the best. Stop in for a caffeine hit and home baking.

Where Wellington began

Petone Settlers Museum

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

Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery

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

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

An ice cream to beat all ice creams

Zany Zeus

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

Days Bay shop and eat

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 wood-fired pizza and Chocolate Dayz café just up the road is a great spot for a caffeine hit.

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

East By West 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. You might even spot a tuatara.

Half or full day itinerary

All possible on a Explorer Day Pass for unlimited travel on buses and trains for a day - catch a train to Petone to get you started. 

Or simply take the number 83 bus, every half hour from any bus stop in central Wellington, through Petone and Lower Hutt, around the harbour's edge to Days Bay. Then cruise back to Wellington on a harbour ferry - buy a ticket on-board - though might want to stay the night in a seaside cottage instead.