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!
Escape to our Capital City with Interislander
From $419* per person
2 nights, based on share twin, for travel 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021, 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.
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: 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.
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 plenty of time to wander around Wellington and enjoy some more recommended activities, relax in the waterfront cafes and bars, or head to Lambton Quay for some retail therapy.
Dinner, we recommend either Little Penang, Fisherman’s Plate or Rock Yard – but as mentioned previously – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Day 3: Morning | Explore the capital
Take a stroll around the waterfront. Wellington boasts one of the most stunning waterfronts. A walk around the water's edge taking in the magnificent views of the harbour, hills and buildings is a must.
Along the waterfront you’ll discover the popular Queens Wharf and the City to Sea Walk Bridge, which features large Maori carvings. Eateries, apartments and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea (free entry).
From Queens Wharf follow the harbour around to the national museum Te Papa and Chaffers Marina. Te Papa is well worth a visit (free entry) with its interactive displays and exhibition you could spend days here marvelling at the years gone by. Oriental Bay, is another great spot to visit – especially on a nice day where you will find numerous cafes and an enticing stretch of golden sand.
Then mid-afternoon you’ll head to the Interislander terminal for your return journey to Picton.
Mount Victoria Walk
Somes Matiu Island
Te Papa Museum
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.