Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

#Tramway, #Lookout, #Must See
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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  • Allegedly one of the ‘must dos’ in Wellington but really nothing special. The day we went up there were quite long queues but they moved fairly quickly and we probably had to wait no longer than 25 mi...  more »
  • This is a part of Wellington history and just needs to be done. Short ride but great views from the top.  more »
  • Enjoyable trip up to the Cable car museum and botanical garden, but as it only takes about 5 minutes, we felt it was quite expensive  more »
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  • A fun way to get to the top of the Botanical Gardens. Love the lights in the tunnels. A destination in itself. A must do in the capital, although I would avoid it when a cruise ship is in dock because the queue is far too long for the impatient. An inexpensive treat for the kids. I love the cute stations.
  • Short tram/cable car ride to the top of the hill. Nice walks at the top. Botanical gardens and cafe really nice. Observatory is worth a look around too. View is OK, but better at Mt Victoria Lookout
  • For only $7.50 return this is a cute little outing from the city centre to get a view of the city. We went up in the evening and there were lots of people who had taken picnics up to look out over the city. No sunset from the top as the sun sets behind you. For those keen on a bit of walking, then take the tram up ($4) and then take the defined walk down through the Botanical garden and back to the city.
  • We took the cable car up and wasn't really expecting much as most trams and funiculars in Europe are pretty straightforward, simply put, rather plain. But being Wellington and having that artsy flair, the tram also exhibited some of that artistic side with the murals and the lights through the tunnels. Though it's smaller than most, it is kept in pretty tip top shape, and the ride was smooth and students get a discounted ticket, and multiple ride passes can also be availed.
  • Got the cable car down after a days walking and was very surprised how nice it was. The views are incredible and the ride is quick and smooth. The lights in the tunnel add a bit of excitement to the whole experience. All in all great. 4 stars as (it was 10pm after a long day) but the staff were a bit brash and grumpy. Other than that. Great experience

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