• Credit: Capt Charles Smith, 2013
  • Credit: Capt Charles Smith, 2013
  • Credit: Graham Stewart, 2013

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41°16'6" S 174°47'13" N

Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington offers a chic city experience with a stunning natural setting. One of Wellington’s most appealing features is its size. The compact and cosmopolitan downtown area is just two kilometres across, so it is easy to stroll between shops, galleries, attractions and cafes. The cruise ship terminal at CentrePort Wellington is not currently in use following the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.  Ships are being berthed slightly north of the terminal location and detailed information regarding arrangements can be provided by CentrePort.

Arrival Port
Centreport Wellington

Aotea Quay is the main port facility.
Small ships sometimes dock at Queens Wharf.

Channel Depth: 37.4 feet (11.4 metres) at chart datum

Max LOA: Unlimited

Max Draft Alongside: 30.2 feet (9.2 metres) at chart datum

Shore Gangways: Available

Tidal Range:
Neap – 3.3 feet (1.0 metres)
Spring – 3.3 feet (1.0 metres)

Distance to the city
Aotea Quay: 1.3km (0.8 miles)
Queens Wharf: Docks right in the city

Aotea Quay

It is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive to the city.

A shuttle service between port and downtown is provided for all ships docking at Aotea Quay for the 2016/17 season.

Getting a taxi to the city centre will cost around NZD $15.

Local public buses can be accessed from the Wellington Railway Station. Travel within inner city cost NZD$2 per trip.

Queens Wharf

Docks right in the city.

Wellington is a compact and walkable city. You can walk from one end of town to the other in 30 minutes.

Taxi Service
Wellington Combined Taxis, +64 4 384 4444, www.taxis.co.nz.
You can hire a taxi for NZD$65 per hour in Wellington city or NZD$75 per hour to Kapiti Coast or the Wairarapa.

Public Bus Service
Metlink, Freephone 0800 801 700, www.metlink.org.nz.

Distance to the Airport
8.5 km (about 18 mins) or 5.28 miles

ATM machines/ Currency Exchange
ATM machines can be found all around the city and currency exchange can be done in banks.

Shopping Hours
Mon-Thu: 9am to 5pm
Fri: 9am to 7pm
Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: 10.30am to 4pm

Nearest Supermarket
New World, Wellington Railway Station, Bunny Street, +64 4 499 1299

Nearest Internet Café

Free Wi-Fi is provided along Wellington’s waterfront by Frank Kitts Park and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongerewa via cbdfree.

An internet cafe is located opposite McDonalds in Manners Street.

Post Office

  • Lambton Quay Post Shop, 94-98 Lambton Quay, +64 4 472 3301


Summer: High of 69F (20°C), low of 56F (13°C)
Winter: High of 52F (11°C), low of 43F (6°C)
Average rainfall of 1270mm and average sunshine of 2025 hours.

Download the Wellington cruise map here.

Visitor Information

  • Passengers disembarking at Aotea Quay are met by Ambassadors with maps and Wellington information.
  • Wellington City Ambassadors are located at CentrePort, Brandon Street, Cable Car Lane, Botanic Gardens and at the i-SITE providing additional tourist information, directions and general help on most cruise days.

What is Wellington known for?

  • Being the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011.
  • Compact and walkable capital city in a handsome harbour setting.
  • Great nature experiences close to the city.
  • Telling the nation’s stories at great museums, galleries and cultural attractions.
  • Home to Peter Jackson’s film studios.
  • Vibrant café and restaurant scene with Wairarapa wine region nearby.

Attractions & Attractions

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Wellington Cable Car
  • Mount Victoria lookout
  • Parliament Tour
  • Carter Observatory
  • Lookout at the top of the Cable Car terminus by Wellington Botanic Garden

For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.WellingtonNZ.com.

Centreport Wellington
Contact: Derek Nind, General Manager Commercial

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Contact: Bryn Lloyd, Manager Tourism

Positively Wellington Tourism
Contact: Jo Heaton, Trade Marketing Manager

Travel Experience
Contact: Bruce Forsyth, Managing Director

Tranzit Coachlines Wellington
Contact: TBA

Weta Workshop
Contact: Jake Downing, Head of Tourism

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Upcoming visits

Ship Date Time
Norwegian Jewel 23-Nov-2017 1100 - 1900
Noordam 02-Dec-2017 0800 - 1600
Sun Princess 02-Dec-2017 0800 - 1800
Celebrity Solstice 05-Dec-2017 0800 - 1800
Radiance Of The Seas 07-Dec-2017 0800 - 1700

View the full calendar here

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