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Shenandoah Tour: Exclusive to Xplor Tours
Minimum group size of 8 people!
Tours run in all weather
Fold-Up Wheelchair Accessible!
- Adults Ages 12+
- Children Ages 2-11
- Infants Ages under 2
Experience Shenandoah, NZ Tour: Exclusive with XPLOR Tours
Join us for a unique and exclusive Wellington sightseeing experience.
➜ Shenandoah, one of our favourite Wellington tours and exclusive to Xplor Tours, takes you to perhaps the best but least known destination in the region.
➜ Approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Wellington, overlooking the sparkling Pauatahanui Inlet and linked with Battle Hill (a significant Maori War site), Shenandoah is a working farm and hidden historical gem inside a native wild birdlife reserve.
➜ Once Xplor Tours drops you there, owner and proud Kiwi Simon takes you on a unique and magical tour around his beautiful, relaxing property, and through its history.
➜ Originally a Maori Fortress Pa for Ngati Toa in the 1800’s, the property has seen three different owners over 150 years. After withstanding a major battle with English troops, it became a Crown Fort to guard the stagecoach road from highway robbers. Some of the first settlers to New Zealand made contact with the local iwi here, before the whalers and settlers transformed Pauatahanui into the thriving rural community of today.
➜ Early in World War II, Shenandoah was commandeered as a US Marine training base and housed over 100,000 troops, ushering in the next military episode of the site.
➜ The history isn’t just told in stories though; behind the barn doors, a private museum is filled with artifacts found on the property which date back over the last 150 years.
➜ As part of your day trip to Shenandoah with Xplor Tours, you can relax by the pond and jetty or other seating areas in the gardens, and enjoy a tea or coffee with morning or afternoon tea.
➜ Simon’s passion and ability to enthral makes this Wellington tour experience genuinely unique and one that will stay with you long after you leave Shenandoah.
➜ Come on a Shenandoah tour with Xplor Tours and you will see why “Pauatahanui” means “the place you never want to leave from.”
We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but this is the Wellington tour to do if you want to experience any or all of the following:
✅ Unique Wellington Tour of a hidden gem.
✅ Rich in local history, from the Maori Wars through to WWII.
✅ Collections of rare vintage examples of a certain well-known marque of American motorbikes.
✅ Exploring formal and less formal gardens and native bush.
✅ Seeing and interacting with farm animals, wildlife and birdlife.
✅ Experiencing the history of an area in a living museum complete with the personal stories of the people involved.
✅ Enjoying refreshments in a beautiful, scenic and relaxing location.
Tour timings & pick-ups
Non-Cruise Ship Passenger bookings: Pick up times are as per the tour starting time. However they may be altered if there are multiple guest pick-up locations. We will contact you in advance of your tour if an amended pick-up time is required. All tours include a pick-up either from a central city hotel or from the Wellington iSite.
Cruise Ship Passenger bookings: Your pick-up will be from the Port and is 45 minutes after the ship has docked (even if your ship has been delayed or arrives early) with 8.45am being the earliest pick-up time.