Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

Wellington Cable Car has been in operation since 1902 and is the only public cable car in New Zealand. Departing from the heart of the city centre (Lambton Quay), a five minute ride on this transport heritage icon will take you up to the top of Kelburn lookout for panoramic views over the city and harbour. You can also visit the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Space Place Observatory and Kelburn Villages Shops here. Before you head back down make sure to visit the Cable Car Museum, which showcases the interesting history of the city’s symbolic mode of transport and see the original cars and winding machinery on display.

When you have finished exploring the surrounding attractions at the top, take the short trip back down into the city centre. There are also walking tracks that start at the top of the Cable Car if you're keen on a stroll back to the city. The Cable Cars leave every 10 minutes.

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  • October 12, 2017
    When in Wellington, travel on the cable car is a must. It's only a short ride up to the Botanical Gardens, or a way to join a shuttle bus to Zealandia, but it's worth it just for the view over part of...  more »
  • October 12, 2017
    The journey are few minutes take one way which is very steep and the return do it walk and enjoy the Botanical Gardens at the top of the Hill and the view over the city. Round trip are $7.50 and not worth the trip
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  • October 11, 2017
    We struck a lovely day and took advantage of the trip up to look at everything. On the way back down we got off at the university stop and then took the cable car to the bottom. Good value for money w...  more »
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  • August 27, 2017
    The cable car has renovated still with historical features and character and very safe. There are a few stops along the route. At the top there are views of Wellington, the Botanical Gardens and Space Place. A must see attraction.
  • August 31, 2017
    Not much to see on the way up, but go just for the experience! Vantage point at the top is a nice view of Wellington. I'd say do this especially if you're planning on seeing the botanical gardens or other things.
  • September 19, 2017
    Easy way up the hill. Iconic for Wellington and a great piece of history. Small museum at the top along with a cafe and great views.
  • September 11, 2017
    Always a great ride whether you have visitors or u jyst want to take a ride. Great perfume shop at the top.
  • September 19, 2017
    From inside the cable car you get some pretty decent views of the city looking west.

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