Wellington World of Wearable Arts Train Trip   - a 3   day New Zealand Tour

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Wellington World of Wearable Arts Train Trip

After the 2021 WOW was cancelled we can now accept bookings for October 2022. Our 3 day tour to our capital city lets us see all the sights, enjoy the WOW show, with a relaxing train trip one way and a flight the other way.

Our short getaway to one of New Zealand's most successful fashion stage shows is not to be missed, now back on after the 2021 event was cancelled.  We fly direct to Wellington and return on the Northern Explorer train. With 2 nights at a waterfront city central hotel we have plenty of time to see the sights with the highlight being the - WOW 2021 show. Includes Te Papa, Weta Workshop, Old St Paul's, the Wellington Cable Car and more.....  

October 2022

DAY 1 - After picking you up at your door, we fly on a direct mid morning Air New Zealand flight to Wellington. Arriving mid day we will have plenty of time to see the sights before checking in to our waterfront city central hotel.

Our sightseeing begins as we explore the Miramar Peninsula, now the home of many involved in the film industry. Wellington is known as Wellywood after the considerable success of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, (plus many others) so a must see destination is the Weta Workshop. Here, our behind the scenes tour will give an insight into just how much is involved in creating these block buster movies. We have time at the Weta Cave to see the stunning collectables all crafted by the Weta team. On the way to our hotel we will also show you the studio locations and the famous Gandulff statue at the restored Roxy Cinema and make a stop at the top of Mount Victoria for the views.

 

DAY 2 - Today we explore the sights of Wellington on our guided tour, such as the Parliamentary precinct, the beautiful Old St Pauls Cathedral - which was recently re-opened after restoration. Next we will explore New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa, time here for morning tea at the cafe before our private guided tour of the museum, including the much-awarded Gallipoli exhibition - The Scale Of War, a truly moving experience and very significant to many New Zealanders.

Then its up to the Wellington Cable Car Museum to learn the history of this iconic mode of transport before riding the cable car back down to Lambton Quay where your coach will be waiting, for a short transfer to one of New Zealand's most historic pubs for a late lunch, after which we return to our hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to either relax at the hotel or head out for some sightseeing on your own. But be sure to allow time to put on your finest for the highlight of the trip - the WOW show tonight, as we meet in the hotel for drinks and nibbles before the short transfer to the TSB Arena. We have reserved Platinum Grade seats which will offer the best experience for you to enjoy this amazing performance. 

 

Day 3 - Today we make an early start and board the Northern Explorer train for our journey back home. The train is fitted with panoramic windows and spacious comfortable seating to make the trip extra special. Leaving the capital city, we travel along the Wellington Harbour, then through many tunnels to reach the Kapiti Coast with great views of the ocean.

Continuing north we traverse the Manawatu district, crossing the Rangitikei River on breathtaking viaducts and on to the Tongariro National Park. Weather permitting we can admire views of the 3 active volcanic cones of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Enjoy lunch on board as we travel through the amazing scenery of the North Island with plenty of time to try the open-air viewing carriage for some fantastic photo opportunities.

Further on we descend the famous Raurimu Spiral before crossing the Whanganui River on another amazing viaduct. Next its the King Country, with its rugged hillside sheep and beef farms before moving lower into the Waikato region where our train journey ends at Hamilton. We then board our coach for the transfer back to your door.

What's Included:

  • 3 days of touring

  • 2 nights at 4 star plus accommodation

  • Door to door service (Tauranga area)

  • Quality air-conditioned vehicles

  • Full commentary by your guide 

  • All breakfasts and one dinner

  • One included lunch in Wellington

  • Air NZ flight to Wellington

  • Return from Wellington by Train* 

  • Lunch allowance on board the train

  • Platinum Grade Tickets to WOW show

  • Guided tour of Te Papa museum

  • Weta Workshop behind the scenes tour

  • Wellington City sightseeing tour

  • Wellington Cable Car ride

​You will see:

  • Stunning scenery throughout

  • Raurimu Spiral, an engineering marvel

  • Tongariro National Park

  • Breathtaking viaducts and views 

  • Wellington City sights

  • Te Papa and the Scale of War exhibition

​Not included:

  • Any lunches unless specified* 

  • Morning/afternoon tea stops*

  • Any alcoholic beverages with meals

* Please note, travel on the Northern Explorer train from Wellington is dependent on the railway timetable.

All Hinterland multi-day tours can be taken by clients from any region of New Zealand or Australia. Please contact us for details. Additional charges may apply.