Wellington, New Zealand
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Approximately 3½ hours
Meals not included
New Zealand's compact and topographically interesting capital city lends itself well to exploring by motorcoach.
From the pier, you will drive along the coast of Oriental Bay and up to the summit of Mt Victoria. The views across the city and Wellington's busy harbor are magnificent.
Drive along Lambton Quay through the main shopping and business district of the city, where you will board a charming red cable car for the ascent to Kelburn.
At the Botanic Gardens in Thorndon, those who wish to disembark the motorcoach here can do so for a short visit.
Don't miss Wellington's interesting Parliament buildings, the most famous of which is the Beehive -- named for its tiered shape. You'll also drive by the Government Building, reputedly one of the largest wooden structures in the world.
A short stop outside Old St Paul's Church gives you time to snap photos of this impressive structure, built entirely of native lumber. It is one of New Zealand's finest examples of colonial Gothic architecture. The church dates back to 1866 -- old by New Zealand standards, and was designed by Reverend Frederick Thatcher.