After breakfast transfer to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your crossing to the North Island (five hours).
It’s one of the world’s most delightful journeys, as the ship sails through the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, where there are masses of inlets and bays with cliffs plunging straight down into the sea, and across the Cook Strait. You can sit out on deck and enjoy the views, or relax in the lounge. There is also a bar and cafe, a self-service restaurant, snack bar and cinema. Please be aware that the latter part of the crossing can be quite choppy. The city of Wellington is a sight to behold as you make your approach, as the many buildings cascade down the hillsides which surround its central bay.
Disembark the ferry and set off on an included sightseeing tour. See the Parliament buildings, including one shaped like a beehive, and Old St Paul's Cathedral – built entirely from wood, it's a rare example of timber Gothic architecture. Your tour also includes a visit to the Te Papa museum, which celebrates all facets of New Zealand culture and heritage through intriguing exhibits, fascinating exhibitions and interactive displays.
Spend the night at the 4-star Grand Mercure Wellington (4Q) situated close to the city’s creative Cuba quarter. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym and sauna (charges apply) Each of the 114 rooms is equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B
Accommodation Name: Grand Mercure Wellington