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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  • The old cable cars have gone, condemned by health & safety concerns back in the 1970s, but sufficient vision existed to modernise track and rolling stock to allow the service to continue. The view fro...  more »
  • We had to take the cable car, great fun, and then spent time in the Botanic Gardens, observatory, statue walk etc wending our way back to the city.  more »
  • We picked a busy Sunday to use the cable car. There was a long queue and we were packed inside. Therefore my review is that pick your time to use this as a way to the top. Ideally avoid when cruise sh...  more »
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  • Beautiful weather and fantastic cable car! It made my first visit in Wellington wonderful! Unforgettable moment! Due to the long queue, a bit worried about wasting time but my turn came to me so fast. Want to say “thanks to the team!”
  • Beautiful historic cable car ride to Wellington's beautiful botanical gardens. When you reach the beautiful botanical gardens you will get also a scenic view of Wellington city and its surroundings. It is a gorgeous place to stay for a while and wandering around with your friends and family. I really recommend this place to visit and enjoy your stay.
  • Cute little cable car that runs up the the observatory and botanical gardens. There's also a shuttle to Zealandia at the top (make sure you check shuttle times!). The recent addition of the light show going through the tunnels is really cool and the history of the cable car at the museum is incredibly interesting!
  • Really cool light tunnel at the beginning and it has stops en route like a bus which I was not aware of. If you're interested in seeing the botanical gardens at the top, you actually have to walk quite far down (and then back up a big hill) to get back to the cable car. For us, it seemed easier to walk back down into the city rather than walk back up to the cable car - something to consider when you purchase a ticket. Very affordable and a must do when in Wellington.
  • Busy cable car up the hill to the botanic gardens. Historic technology in the museum but a more modern drive system now. The cars still seem ancient. Busier than normal because it was s cruise day.
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