Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

Categories: Tramways, Transportation
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4.1/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • We had a lovely sunny today so paid the $7.50 return each and headed on up the hill. Doesn't take long and the views are great. Also a good starting point for the botanic gardens. We actually would re...  read more »
  • The ride was a trip back in history then the view was glorious, luckily the weather was beautifully sunny. Enjoyed the tunnel light show. 
  • The cable car trip is always enjoyable and the views of Wellington city from the top are stunning. There's the added bonus of a walk around the botanical gardens at the top where you'll find at least ...  read more »
  • Best cable car in Wellington 😉. But seriously - this is a nice way to see a bit of the city. Cable car up, nice view and then a wander down the botanic gardens.
  • The cable car is a Wellington classic and a must do activity for newbies to the city. Departing Lambton Quay every ten minutes, prepare or great views of Wellington Harbour both on the way up and at the top. At the final stop, you will find the entrance to the Wellington Botanical Gardens - a nice place to spend some time too. If there are cruise ships docked, prepare yourself for a bit of a wait and a ticket line that stretches the length of Cable Car Lane.
  • Nice, historical cable car service with modern and clean stops. You can use your Snapper card at the final stops or you can also buy separate tickets for each ride.
  • Amazing views up hill good vintage railcar ride good for kids n adults. ... romantic botanical gardens ahead. .
  • I love it. The cable car was awesome to ride, I appreciate that you can use your Snapper card (transit card) to tap onto the system and board on fast! It gives such a nice view of Wellington and especially nice photography spot at the top as well. Do visit the botanical gardens while you're up there!
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