Wellington Cable Car, Wellington
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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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  • This is definitely a must do tourist attraction in Wellington. Even though to be honest I did expect more such as a longer tram journey. But when you get to the top very nice views the cable car museu...  more »
  • The cable car has been renovated. Upstairs there are great views of Wellington. There is also a small café and we can walk in the botanical garden without problem for nearly 2 hours. To recommend so
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  • Not all that exciting, but it's a must to tick off when youre touring a new place. It does provide great views as you start your climb from Lambton Quay up through the hillside terreaced houes of Kelb...  more »
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  • Great to ride the cable car again. I used to do this 40 years ago! Friendly staff and drivers. Very enjoyable experience. An excellent historical display on the ship at the top.
  • Very handy for locals in the Kelburn area, or Victoria University students staying at Weir House. Normally $4 cash one way for Adults, runs every 10 minutes. Colourfully lighted tunnels and Snapper payment options are a good touch. It is marketed towards tourism though, and I avoid it during weekends, especially fine day weekends, most especially when a cruise ship is in town! Cars will pack out with tourists on these days and queuing can be extensive. Still a cool thing to use if you're from out of town and are checking out the Botanical Gardens up top.
  • Great fun. Definitely worth doing the luge ride at the top. We went tandem with our 2yr old on the scenic route ( there are 3 routes to choose) and loved it. Plus you get a rise on the luge ski lift.
  • Pay with Snapper! Cool tunnel with the light effects. Gets you to the beautiful botanical gardens in no time!
  • Easy on and off smooth safe ride with fabulous views and an amazing museum at the top, not forgetting g the botanical gardens at one end and inner city cafes and shops at the other