WOW - UP CLOSE Capital Break on Interislander

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 you’ll relax and be entertained including the opportunity to discover the brand new World of WearableArt – Up Close exhibition at Te Papa.

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Escape to our Capital City with Interislander

From $485* per person

*2 nights, based on share twin at Naumi Hotel, for travel 12 December 2020 to 14 February 2021


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 upgrade to 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.

In Wellington, experience World of WearableArt’s brand new immersive exhibition at Te Papa – World of WearableArt – Up Close.

This exhibition presents WOW like you’ve never seen it before. The immersive exhibition invites you to get up close to over 35 award-winning garments created by designers from New Zealand and around the world. World of WearableArt – Up Close showcases some of the most breath-taking creations that we’ve seen in the WOW Awards Competition.


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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: 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 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.


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WOW Cluse-Up at Te Papa
Te Papa Museum entrance

Day 3 Morning: World of WearableArt® - Up Close

Te Papa Museum | Cable Street, Wellington

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 and head to Australasia's most visited museum Te Papa to discover WOW’s brand new immersive exhibition, World of WearableArt – Up Close.

Enjoy one of two options available to experience the exhibition. The first option includes general admission to the exhibition, and offers the opportunity to journey through the exhibition at your own pace, taking time to discover the incredible detail of the garments on display up close.

The second option (additional costs apply) is a private guided tour where your tour host will delve deeper into the stories behind some of the award-winning creations on display and share fascinating insights into the exhibition.


Day 3 Afternoon: Explore more of the capital

Following the World of WearableArt – Up Close. exhibition at Te-Papa, spend time with the many interactive displays and exhibitions within Te Papa -  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.

Choose your Wellington hotel

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


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InterContinental Wellington

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Rydges Wellington

4.5-Star | Relax in style at Wellington's biggest hotel with its stunning Portlander Bar & Grill
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Naumi Hotel Wellington

3-Star | Stay in the buzzing heart of Wellington at the amazingly restored C Hotel on Cuba Street
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Oaks Wellington Hotel

4-Star | Providing modern accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct.
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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 Upgrade option available)
  • two nights' accommodation 
  • Admission to world of wearableart - up close exhibition at te papa (optional private tour available)
  • Guided WETA Workshop Tour



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