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Activities & tours

T: +64 4 472 8904  or send us a booking enquiry
Booking essential for all tour groups

$49 adult

$37 child


4.75 hours

Ship 'n Chip Tour

A voyage through Wellington’s harbour and nature.

Sail across Wellington harbour to explore the stunning natural environment of Matiu/Somes Island, enjoy a classic kiwi fish ’n chips lunch and discover the city’s history with a guided tour of the Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

Tours run seven days a week departing at 9.45am and finishing at 2.30pm. Tours run on weekends and public holidays.

Please note: If Matiu/Somes Island is closed due to heightened fire conditions, we will offer a special Days Bay tour variation, cruising across the harbour to this classic summer destination. This tour will start at 11am and finish at 3.45pm, if preferred – giving plenty of time to explore the stunning Eastbourne coast.  Please phone the Museum team on 04 472 8904 to make bookings.

Bookings must be made by 5pm the day before the tour.

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Visitors admiring the view on Matiu/Somes Island

$29 adult
$25 child

2.5 hours

Tales & Rails

A fully escorted tour of Wellington’s cable car and two museums.

Start with a guided tour of the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, then ride the cable car escorted by your own 'gripman'. Stop for refreshments, marvel at the best views of the city, and tour the Cable Car Museum.

For large groups only (15 pax min) and bookings must be made one week prior to tour date.

Restored Grip Car 3 at the Cable Car Museum

Your very own gripman

From $10 per person

up to 1 hour

Personalised Museum tours

Get the inside story from an experienced Museum Host. Tours are tailored to suit the needs of your group – ideal for bus or seniors tour groups. Morning and afternoon teas can be arranged on request.

Bookings essential for groups of 10 or more people or entry may be refused.

Group being given a personal tour of the Museum

Tour bus group being given a personal tour of the Museum

Kids’ birthday parties

Positive Pirates - learn to tie secret knots & hear stories of adventure on the high seas. Paddy the Wanderer - re-live the adventures of the famous stray dog that was handed the keys to the city. Under the Sea - take a journey with the mysterious creatures of Wellington harbour. Ships Ahoy - sail the high seas. View some feedback from a recent birthday party.

Prices start at $300 for up to 15 kids. Additional kids will incur a $20pp cost with a maximum number of 20 able to be accommodated.

Suitable for children aged 4-10 years.

For more information download the booking form or send us a
booking enquiry.

Kids dressed up in Pirate costume

Positive Pirate Party

Paddy the Wanderer mascot

Paddy the Wanderer mascot

$1 per person

up to 1 hour

Scavenger hunt

Take an adventure along the waterfront and back to the Museum at your own pace. Ideal for large groups and ESOL students.

Cancellation conditions

Any cancellations made within 24 hours prior to activity will incur a 50% fee. If activity is cancelled due to weather conditions considerations will be made.