With 48 years in the business, developing new and unique tours remains a major focus for Hammonds Scenic Tours.

This year has been a busy one for Wellington’s original private sightseeing company as it relaunched its popular Palliser Bay and Lord of the Rings Sites Tour and developed a Kapiti Birdlife and Lagoon Tour.

These latest developments have come directly from customer feedback. “People seem to be getting more interested in eco tourism, and are wanting to become more interactive,” says founder, operator and local tourism icon Wally Hammond.

Wally says the Palliser Bay and Lord of the Rings Sites Tour continues to be the company’s most popular. Last month it launched a new route, although the tour still offers the same unique opportunity to experience Lord of the Rings sites, stunning scenery and lush native bush, encounters with fur seals and wine tasting in Martinborough.

“It’s New Zealand in one day as far as scenery is concerned,” Wally says.

Hammonds Scenic Tours is also in the process of launching its Kapiti Birdlife and Lagoon Tour, which is an optional add-on to the Kapiti Coast Tour. Running from 9am "“ 3pm, it is perfect for those who appreciate birdlife in its natural habitat, peaceful lagoons and breathtaking coastal views.

To top off the first half of the year, Hammonds Scenic Tours has also just received official Qualmark endorsement for touring and transport.

Wally’s keeping pretty mum about what’s next for the company, but says a modernising of its Wellington City Tour (which showcases Wellington’s must-see attractions and coastline) is on the cards.

For more information about Hammonds Scenic Tours visit: www.WellingtonSightseeingTours.com