Interislander Capital Break

Departing from Picton, our three-day package will take you through the stunning Marlborough Sounds on a journey to the coolest little capital city in the world where relaxation and entertainment are a passion!

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Escape to our Capital City with Interislander

From $703* per person share twin

2 nights, for travel to 30 November 2021, enquire today for other travel dates

From $886* single per person price

2 nights, for travel to 30 November 2021, enquire today for other travel dates

From $716* per person share twin

2 nights, for travel 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022, enquire today for other travel dates

From $899* single per person price

2 nights, for travel 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022, enquire today for other travel dates


Departing Picton aboard an Interislander ferry, you'll be provided with vouchers for enjoying the wide selection of food and beverages available at the on-board outlets as you travel across the Cook Strait (options to include Plus Lounge with complimentary food and beverages is also available). While cruising through the Cook Strait in the late morning, you can even enjoy a taste of Marlborough, with our selection of local wine or beer.

After arriving in Wellington, your transfer will be waiting to whisk you off to your selected accommodation in the culinary capital of New Zealand. Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. The perfect spot for a short break.


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Taking pictures of Oriental Parade from the Interislander
Morning tea in the Interislander Plus Lounge


Day 1: Interislander


Travel on the Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington, through the magical Marlborough Sounds to the narrow entrance of Wellington's stunning harbour surrounded by hills.

As you travel on Interislander on the three-hour, 92km journey between Picton and Wellington, enjoy one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. Keep an eye out for dolphins who frequently join the Interislander ferries as they make the crossing. If you are lucky you may also sight a whale or seal.

On board Interislander you’ll be provided with vouchers for enjoying the food and beverages available at the onboard outlets as you travel across the Cook Strait.

On arrival into Wellington, your taxi will be waiting to transfer you to your chosen accommodation in the heart of Wellingtons CBD.


Once checked in, you will have time to relax and explore our vibrant and unique capital. Wander through narrow lanes echoing with laughter and clinking cutlery. Stroll around the sparkling waterfront, with its glass towers reflecting the glistening harbour waters. Discover the theatre of filmmaking alongside the drama of politics.

For dinner we recommend checking out 1154 Pastaria with their homemade pasta, Sweet Mother’s Kitchen or Apache, however, Wellington is known for its food scene so finding a tasty spot won’t be hard.


Day 2: Morning | Wellington City Tour

After enjoying breakfast (at your own expense) at one of the many cafes and eateries in the city, it'll be time to explore the coolest little capital city in the world with a city tour. Wellington Cable Car climbs above the city

Boatsheds on Oriental Parade
Beehive and Parliament Building

Picturesque and unforgettably beautiful, Wellington is nestled around a sparkling, bustling harbour with residential housing extending up the sides of green valley hills. Voted the most liveable city in the world in 2017 and 2018, you will not be disappointed with your tour of our lovely city.

You will be picked up from your accommodation and taken on a tour around Wellington taking in many of the key places and sites. These include:

  • Seeing St Gerard’s church and monastery
  • Top of Mount Victoria to see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!
  • Drive around the rugged coastline. On a clear day, you may see some spectacular views of the South Island. You'll pass Barrett’s Reef, where on 10 April 1968 the roll-on/roll-off ferry Wahine hit the reef and capsized near Seatoun (just a short distance from the shoreline) during a hurricane resulting in 52 lives being lost
  • Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula for your Lord of the Rings experience with a short visit to Weta Cave where you will have a chance to purchase Lord of the Rings memorabilia
  • Oriental Bay
  • Wellington cable car (which first carried passengers in 1902) You'll see more breath-taking panoramic views of the harbour and city once you've travelled to the top
  • Botanic Gardens and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Parliament Buildings and its grounds
  • Old St Paul’s Cathedral – one of the world’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture

You'll then be dropped back to your accommodation or your selected spot within the city centre where you'll then have free time until the evening tour.

You may need an early or later dinner depending on the time of the night tour (the start time changes throughout the year) For dinner, we recommend either Little Penang, Fisherman’s Plate or Rock Yard – but as mentioned previously – you’ll be spoilt for choice


Day 2: Evening | Zealandia night Tour

Come evening time and you'll make your way to the suburb of Karori and Zealandia - the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that protects over 40 rare native wildlife species.

Explore the Zealandia sanctuary at night by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night. See unique species such as wētā, glow worms, and tuatara. Your group may see some of the 150 little spotted kiwi who call ZEALANDIA home - sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (circa 80%), but are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of the unique species within Māori culture. The tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre. 



Day 3: Weta Workshops Tour

Head out for breakfast at one of Wellingtons many trendy cafes. Then take a stroll around the range of boutique shops, art galleries and coffee shops on Cuba Street. There’s always something happening in this bustling little capital city.

Wellington's Weta Cave exterior
Weta Tour
Weta Tour through the props department

Weta Workshop is a world-leading Design and Effects facility that specialises in bringing the vivid imaginations of filmmakers into life with astonishing realism. Most famously, they worked with fellow Wellingtonian, Peter Jackson, on Tolkien's epic fantasy, The Lord of the Rings.

Collecting two BAFTA and two Academy Awards for their work on The Fellowship of the Ring, Weta Workshop continues to grow into one of the world's most renowned and successful Design and Effect companies. Alongside the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Weta has worked on Avatar, King Kong, District 9, Indiana Jones, Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mad Max, Blade Runner, and BFG.

Your guided tour of Weta will take you deep behind the scenes of the film industry, revealing how the impossible is made possible. Perhaps most fascinating, is Weta's ability to create realistic prosthetics and props, keeping the traditional methods alive alongside increasingly sophisticated computer-generated imagery (CGI).

After the tour, you will have free time before your Interislander ferry departs for your homeward journey back to Picton.



Choose your Wellington hotel

Choose from one these great Wellington hotels as part of your Wellington City Break


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Room upgrades are available at a surcharge (subject to availability). During times of high demand, if the advertised package room is not available, a substitution of a similar or better room may be made to complete the package and a surcharge may apply.

Package Overview

What's included:

  • RETURN Interislander TRAVEL
  • RETURN INTERISLANDER food vouchers (plus lounge options available)
  • two nights' accommodation 
  • 1/2 day Wellington City tour
  • Zealandia by Night tour entry
  • Guided WETA Workshop Tour



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