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Wellington tours, with a difference

Take on board the best the Wellington region has to offer with informative and entertaining Wellington tours. From Wellington sightseeing tours including Lord of the Rings sites, the Weta Cave and other city highlights, to sampling award winning wines at Wairarapa vineyards or even discovering places that most locals don’t even know exist, Xplor Tours has just the trip for you. We have a range of standard tours that include Wellington full day tours and Wellington half day tours as well as Wairarapa full day tours and Wairarapa half day tours. We can also work with you to put together custom tours around the Wellington region, the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast that exactly meet your needs.

OUR MOST POPULAR Wellington and Wairarapa tours


Half Day Tour of Wellington

This half day tour will delight you with breath-taking scenic views and photo opportunities around picturesque and unforgettably beautiful Wellington. We give you a taste of why Wellington has twice been voted internationally the most liveable city in recent years. It’s often called the “coolest little capital in the world”, and we pack a lot into our half day Wellington sightseeing tour including the downtown area, The Beehive and Parliament grounds, the cable car and botanic gardens, the panoramic views from Mt. Victoria, Weta Cave, Oriental Bay and the South Coast.

Shenandoah Tour: Exclusive to Xplor Tours

Only available through Xplor Tours, a trip to Shenandoah will introduce you to a working farm and hidden historical gem that overlooks the lovely Pauatahanui Inlet, just twenty minutes’ drive from Wellington. Set in 12.5 acres that includes gentle rolling hills, landscaped gardens, native bush and wetland walkways, the farm is inside a wildlife reserve and is a haven for birdlife. With a history that includes being a Maori Pa (fortress), a Government run fort, and a training base for US Marines in World War II, the private museum at the farm tells the story of the site with artifacts that date back over 150 years, and include a collection of rare, vintage Harley Davidson motorbikes. Minimum group size of 8 people for this tour.


Full Day Martinborough Wine Tour

Full Day Martinborough Wine Tour

Sample the best of the world-famous food and wine that the Wairarapa region has to offer. Our wine tasting tour takes you to four award winning vineyards where you can try the wine, matched with gourmet local cuisine, and meet some of the winemakers. Along the way you get to see some of the beautiful scenic views of the stunning Wairarapa as well as some of the Lord of the Rings filing sites. On the way home we top off your gourmet day with a visit to the Featherston cheese shop “C’est Cheese”, where you can indulge in an impressive selection of award-winning cheeses and deli food.


Get the most out of your Wellington tour or Wairarapa adventure with our friendly, knowledgeable, local guides, who enjoy nothing more than meeting and interacting with new people. All our guides have a detailed understanding of the history and background of the areas that you have chosen to visit and will happily keep you entertained while you get driven between points of interest. They throw in a good dose of fun at each stop too. With a great team of local Wellington tour guides, who have also travelled extensively themselves, we know what makes for great, fun, informative tours of the fabulous Wellington and Wairarapa regions. With our tour group sizes ranging from 2 to 12 people we make sure everyone gets an unforgettable personal experience. Larger groups aren’t a problem though, just contact us and have a chat. We’ve done amazing tours for up to fifty people in the past.


WOWW (World of Wonderful Wine Tour)

“Our group of ladies visit Wellington every year for WOW – no show this year but we came anyway and decided to venture a bit further this time. Thankyou for such a fabulous day out Richard – we all thoroughly enjoyed it and had a blast. You were such a great tour host – slightly…”


Awesome Wellington Experience

A very informative tour about the sights of Wellington; we learnt so much about the Wellington area, information and places we would never have known or seen. Richard was friendly, funny and he made it feel like you had known him before. The Hokey Pokey ice cream treat was spot on. We highly recommend this tour, if you want to have an amazing experience that will leave you hoping there was more time …


Relaxing. Eye-catching. Informative.

Ray was very warm and easy to talk to. It was just me and my sister on that day of the tour but he did not disappoint us. Very informative and knows very well what he’s doing. I personally enjoyed the question and answer part. (Make sure you listen very well.) If you wanna relax,enjoy the scenery and know about Wellington this is a Must-to-do.


Excellent and recomend

Very informative trip around Wellington You see and learn a lot about the capital you do not know. Richard was an excellent host with a very good sense of humor. Great views from Mt Victoria

Annette D

Dunedin, New Zealand

Wellington Must-See Tour

We were picked up from our overnight stay by an amazing guide. She was friendly, chatty and so informative. As first time visitors to Wellington with limited time, this tour was ideal. The history of various suburbs, most important places and great photo stops made this tour memorable. This is highly recommended.


Fantastically awesome. Fun

The whole tour was informative, fun and totally enjoyable. Richard was an awesome tour guide. We had so many laughs. We saw so much of Wellington we would never have seen. The Weta shop was so awesome we are coming back to book with Richard to do the day tour of Weta. Totally topped off our trip to Wellington.

Roni Wright

Ross, New Zealand

Book with confidence

Covid-19 means we live in uncertain times, especially when it comes to travel.

If your travel gets disrupted by Covid restrictions, and you can’t make it on any Wellington tour booked with us, we offer easy rebooking, and full refunds as required.

Contact Us

Contact us with any questions you have about any of the Wairarapa tours or Wellington tours we offer, either half day or full day.

You can also talk to us about designing a custom sightseeing tour of the region, just for you.


Tour with confidence

On all our sightseeing tours you can be confident that we meet any current requirements around Covid-19.

We have face masks available if you want them, and all our minibuses are equipped with hand sanitizer and QR codes for the NZ Covid tracer app.


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