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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  • Just a old wonderfull way to view Wellington. The view from the top are awesome. Great walks at the top, Cafe serves great coffee and snacks.  more »
  • Almost missed the alleyway entrance off of Lambton Quay where you buy your tickets for the cable car. So keep a sharp eye. It’s a pleasant and easy way to visit the Botanical Gardens and has a decent ...  more »
  • If you have never been on a cable car, this could be of interest. Otherwise, it really is just a means of transportation to the peak. No real views to speak of from the car, those come at the top.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Always a great ride whether you have visitors or u jyst want to take a ride. Great perfume shop at the top.
  • From inside the cable car you get some pretty decent views of the city looking west.

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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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