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Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour

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    What to Expect
    Start your full-day tour with hotel pickup by mini-coach in the morning. Your guide accompanies your small group to the world-renowned Museum of Wellington City & Sea, located in a historical building at the waterfront’s Jervois Quay. 

    Browse exhibits that describe Maori mythic figures, Wellington’s early European settlements, maritime history and 20th-century changes as your guide leads you through the highlights and leaves time for you to explore on your own. 

    Then hop inside a 4WD vehicle for the journey to Wellington’s wind-swept south coast. You’ll pass old Maori settlement sites, an active fault line and Terawhiti Station, crossing rugged headlands to reach Red Rocks Reserve near Owhiro Bay. Here, observe a colony of New Zealand fur seals basking on the rust-colored rocks. Your guide points out where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. Peer out over Cook Strait and the Southern Alps in the distance on clear days.

    Returning to Wellington, stop at a bistro cafe for an included lunch with views over Wellington Harbour. 

    Then visit the 60-acre (25-hectare) Wellington Botanic Garden, the only one in New Zealand solely dedicated to native plants. Follow your guide along pathways lined with native forest, plant and flower collections, and listen for birdlife such as tui and gray warbler.

    Your informative full-day tour ends with a convenient drop-off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Wellington hotels or port
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
    Inclusions
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Transport by 4WD vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Bottled water
    • Soda/Pop
    • Entry/Admission - Wellington Museum
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Small-group tour, maximum of 6 passengers
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Warm clothes during the cooler months, from May to November
    • Passengers arriving by cruise ship, please note you'll be picked up directly at the dock as soon as you disembark
    • Please wear comfortable shoes if you feel like exploring and bring your camera
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This trip is rugged but well worth the bumpy ride. We got to experience Tongue Point, home to the New Zealand fur seal colony. The coast line is impressive but the seals are even more so. They are huge! One gets to take pictures very close to seals lazily sunbathing on the
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    Response from RTGL, Manager at Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
    Responded 3 Apr 2019
    Hi Gayle, Very happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! The ride out can be quite bumpy, but that's all part of the experience of seeing these creatures in their natural habitat. Some of the seals can grow up to 2m and 150kg, so they're pretty big, but as you found out, also quite docile. They mainly just don't like being woken up. Which I'm sure we can all relate to. Thanks, Flat Earth NZ Experiences
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    We were so pleasantly surprised with the totality of this tour. It included wonderful sightseeing of part of the city, huge wind farm (more interesting than you might think, including observing a sheep herd in our roadway on this huge working farm) and a very close walking and
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    Response from RTGL, Manager at Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
    Responded 29 Jan 2019
    Hi US1951CA, Thanks for your review. I'm glad we could leave a positive impression on you even after so many miles of travelling! We like to take people into the lesser known parts of Wellington on some of our tours and offer unique experiences like this. All our guides have been brought on board with a respect for the land they live on, and the nature that provides so much beauty all around us. Phoning ahead is also appreciated so we can iron out any details regarding pick ups etc. Thanks, Flat Earth NZ Experiences
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