Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

#1 of 202 in Historic Sites in New Zealand
Must see · 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.

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  • This is okay. Not much to do or see up the top - a small cable car museum and lookout and a little cafe, but fun if you haven't done it before.  more »
  • This was so fun! The tunnels are filled with multicoloured lights and it’s a nice and slow ride to the top so you really get to see Wellington in all its glory. When you step off at the top there is.....  more »
  • I've been here at night. It was nice experience. Especially space place was amazing. The telegraph is 150 years old but still work fantastic. Staff were so kind. Night view of city was also lovely and sometimes you can find kaka flying around. Nice place!
  • This was even better than I thought! Though a very short journey it was a pleasant one. The lights in the tunnel were amazing and made the journey that more spectacular. We unfortunately were a bit late to visit the museum at the top it closes at five should you want to visit it. Their is also the botanic gardens at the top to visit. The cable car departs every 10 minutes. Would definitely reccomend

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