Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

4.2
#1 of 123 in Historic Sites in New Zealand
Tramway Lookout
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.

See more on our website. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wellington Cable Car by using our Wellington trip itinerary builder.
Create an itinerary including Wellington Cable Car
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
4,411 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • It was a wet day so headed up on the Cable Car. The view from the Cable car is awsome. And of course if you are a NZ Gold Card holder then it is FREE. We got off and got straight back on to check out ...  more »
  • We've been in the cable car a couple of times lately but the last time we went there were a few improvements - lights adorn the tunnels which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. A little light show goes on w...  more »
  • I enjoyed the ride up to the hill. You can buy a one-way ticket or round-trip ticket. You can walk around the gardens above. You also can get a shuttle to Zealandia Sanctuary, which is great. You last...  more »
Google
  • finally been on here with my uncle.. couldn't believe i never had before but that's what my parents were like.. my sister got to do stuff and it was meant to be my opportunity later.. but my opportunities never arose.. no matter how much better i behaved than her.
  • Quite a popular tourist attraction, even though it itself is a less-than-five-minute ride up a hill. Beats walking though, and if you buy bulk passes (eg 25 trips) it's as cheap or better than a bus - for students, anyway.
  • Wow. Great little tram running up the hill to the botanical gardens. It's only a short trip, but great to see a part of history still working. And cheap. Worth the ride.
  • This is a must when in Wellington! The historic cable cars are a short jaunt up the mountain, but they make a couple of interim stops, so you don’t have to pick it up directly downtown. The lines are long, but they move quickly as there are two cars simultaneously running. It is a fun ride and I highly recommend riding in the front by the conductor. They have changing led lights in the tunnels that make the ride a bit whimsical. Once you arrive up top, there are several things do including a map of the grounds, a café, and a little hiking trail. There are some great pano views of the city and bay and a neat observatory (which was closed when I went). You can buy one way or round trip tickets, but the best value is definitely a round trip.
  • Great view of the city at the top, although slightly underwhelming in terms of the length of the ride of the cable car. Would recommend mount Victoria over this view which is free.

Plan your trip to Wellington

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Wellington

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.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Wellington by other users

13 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM TAIWAN September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM THAILAND November, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM THAILAND November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Wellington BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, teens, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wellington BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 57 days in Oceania BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans