Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour, Wellington (Self Guided)

Mount Victoria is a hill, 196 meters high, in Wellington. It offers incredible views of the sea and the city, and there are some very popular attractions at its foot. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most special places of this part of Wellington.
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Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: vickyc
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Oriental Bay Beach

1) Oriental Bay Beach (must see)

Oriental Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in Wellington. This is also a beloved waterfront walk where one can see several sculptures, such as the tail of the whale, and walk on the pier. The beach is very popular for its champagne-colored sand brought from Takaka, South Island.
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Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

2) Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

St Gerard's Church and Monastery collectively form one of Wellington's most distinctive and iconic landmarks. Both buildings are classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic places by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Built in 1908 for the Redemptorists, the church was the first in the world to be dedicated to the Italian saint Gerard Majella. In recognition of this status, the church used to house an oil painting of St Gerard in Ecstasy, which was gifted by the Holy See.

Built in 1932, funded by public donations, the three storied Monastery was constructed as a home for the Redemptorists.

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Mount Victoria and Byrd Memorial

3) Mount Victoria and Byrd Memorial (must see)

From the top of Mount Victoria you can contemplate the panoramic view of the city, bay, docks, and even the far away Hutt Valley. At the very top, you will find the Byrd Memorial. Byrd was the first person to fly over the South Pole in a plane. The memorial is in the form of a tent that was used during Antarctic expeditions.
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Greek Orthodox Cathedral

4) Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, located on Mount Victoria, was build in the 1940s, it is one of the very few Greek Orthodox churches in Wellington. The distinctive Byzantine-syle domed Greek Orthodox Church - The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary was consecrated in 1970 by Metropolitan Dionysios Psiachas, the first Archbishop of the Holy Metropolis of New Zealand. The current Metropolitan of New Zealand, Bishop Erithron Amfilochios Tsoukos elevated the church on Hania Street to cathedral status. The church is not very big, but is nevertheless a very distinctive landmark.
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Government House

5) Government House

Government House is the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand.

It was designed by Claude Paton in the office of John Campbell, Government Architect. Built between 1908 and 1910, the house's grounds total 12 ha, and the house is 4200 m². There are 27 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms in total including staff quarters as well as a ballroom, various sitting rooms, state rooms, service rooms and wing offices, all of which are tended to by about 30 staff. The grounds, which have been endorsed as a 'garden of National Significance' covers some 12 ha and includes a police lodge at the main gate.

In 2010 the House celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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Wellington Zoo

6) Wellington Zoo (must see)

Wellington Zoo is nestled in the green belt of Wellington. Now over 100 years old, it was the country’s first Zoo and has 13-hectare (32-acre) dedicated to over 100 different species of fauna from across the globe. Wellington Zoo is a significant contributor to conservation efforts including breeding programs for endangered species such as the Sun Bear and Sumatran tiger, as well as spreading conservation and sustainability messages to the wider community.

Wellington Zoo was opened in 1906 by the late Prime Minister Richard Seddon, after he was given a young lion - later named King Dick - by the Bostock and Wombwell Circus. Over time the Zoo was expanded and upgraded, and committed itself to a future in environmental education, bringing animals and people closer together.

Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:30 am – 5 pm

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Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wellington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Wellington can satisfy almost any shopping desire with its huge variety of shops. You can find fantastic and unique items here. For instance, there are many local designer shops where you will find stylists who can help you create your own specific wardrobe. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best shops in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

New Zealand can be a perfect place to entertain your entire family. There are several playgrounds around the city and unique museums about the life of this remote archipelago. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular children's attractions in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Petone is the landing point of the first settlers to New Zealand. The distance from Petone to Wellington is about 10 km. The road leading there lies along the bay, offering splendid views. Petone is an exciting destination with several museums and churches. You can also take a walk on the wonderful pier. This self-guided tour will lead you through this historic region of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington is considered the artistic capital of New Zealand. You will find many art galleries with amazing, mysterious and challenging displays. The collections are mainly of contemporary art. Take the tour below to visit some of the best art galleries in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

When immigrants first arrived in New Zealand they brought their beliefs. Most of the first settlers were Christians. The second church built in Wellington, in 1855, still stands today and is a great historic site. This self-guided tour will help you explore the churches and other religious monuments of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington has several museums that offer a deep understanding of the culture and traditions of its people. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums of Wellington, museums which reveal the history and culture of New Zealand.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Wellington for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Wellington has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Wellington, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.