Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car
4.5
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The highlight to any visit to Wellington is a trip on Wellington Cable Car. In just 5 minutes you will reach the top of the Botanic Garden where panoramic views of the city and harbour are the reward. You can also visit the Space Place Observatory here. Before you head back down make sure to visit the Cable Car Museum (free entry), which provides a history of the city's symbolic mode of transport and see the original cars and winding machinery on display. There are 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 and evry 15 minutes before 8pm.
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  • Tasman Travels
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fandabbydozy!!!
    Fandabbydozy!!! So worth it!! We decided to Park down the bottom, walk up through the Wellington Gardens, then jump on. The views are beautiful, and the free museum at the top is definitely worth a nose. Lovely historic Cable Car, really clean, well maintained, lovely driver. Was just awesome! A must do in Wellington!!
    Kia ora and thank you so much for your lovely comment. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your adventure on the Cable Car and explored the area along the way. Happy travels - Letetia :)
    Written 31 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • lexmiller
    Burlington, Massachusetts1,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good ride, lots of history
    Great ride from the CBD of Wellington up into the heavens, or at least to the suburb of Kelburn! Beautiful ascent, so many lovely views. At the top are the Botanical Gardens and several walking paths - don't miss the observatory and read the historical markers. The Cable Car Museum also at the top is a must see, great history of the area, very interesting and informative. Nice gift shops at the top in the museum and at the cafe.
    Kia ora and thank you for your comment. It's great to know that you had a wonderful time on the Cable Car and enjoyed all the activities available at the top. Hope you managed to grab a little keepsake from the gift shop. Happy travels - Letetia :)
    Written 31 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Joel K
    Vancouver, Canada3,604 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day on the cable car
    We received a free pass for.two persons. We loved the local sense of the cable car and the view of Wellie was outstanding. We also visited the Cable Car museum and the walked thru the Wellington Botanical Gardens and the Bolton Cemetery.
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your journey and the full experience on the Cable Car and the activities at the top. We would love to see you again but until then, take care - Letetia :)
    Written 27 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • 2CAtravelers
    Brattleboro, Vermont878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Ride to the Summit
    We stopped here as part of a shore excursion from our cruise ship. You take the cable car up to the top for a spectacular view of the city. There's a small museum at the top as well. A Cafe is also up top as well as the ever-popular public restrooms. Definitely this is worth a visit.
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Cable Car and surrounding activities at the top of the hill. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise! Take care - Letetia :)
    Written 27 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • bellaeleven
    Sydney, Australia115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great!
    A fun short ride to the top gives you marvellous views over Wellington. There is a really interesting museum about the history of the cable cars, well worth a visit. You can also walk through the lovely botanical gardens and also catch the free shuttle to Zealandia, sadly we didn't have time for Zealandia but on the list for the next visit though.
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Cable Car and the views at the end of the journey. Sounds like you officially have an excuse to come back. We look forward to seeing you again. Take care - Letetia :)
    Written 27 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Donna T
    Auckland, New Zealand343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a must do
    Its a must do. We do it every time we go to Wellington. A cheap, fun thing to do. Views at the top are amazing. We went for a walk at the top to Kilburn - as the last time we did the gardens, and museum. when in Wellington its just "a must do".
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment. We are thrilled to hear you visit the Cable Car every time you are in Wellington and were able to explore Kelburn while you were in town this time. Take care and hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Letetia :)
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Caitlin
    Orlando, Florida12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Ride :)
    The cable car is always one of my favourite ways to get up the hill! The views you see along the way are beautiful, it's a fun short ride for the kids and affordable for everyone. I always take my friends with me and i love it everytime :)
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoy your time on the Cable Car and introduce your friends/family to the experience. Take care - Letetia :)
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Naija M
    Algiers, Algeria667 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    Going on the cable car seems to be a must do for any tourist visiting Wellington. It takes you up to the Botanical Gardens. The views over Wellington and the sea are terrific. There is a small museum at the top (free admission) dedicated to the history of the cane car.
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience on our iconic little red car while visiting Wellington. Take care - Letetia :)
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 July 2023
  • JulieandCharles
    Kettering, Australia128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely memories and view
    Quick trip to Wellington and delighted the Cable Car was running after being refurbished last year! Spotlessly clean and the drivers was welcoming with a smile. Brought back memories of the ride to the Botanical Gardens as a kid. Love how they have enhanced the experience. The view is spectacular any day.
    Kia ora and thank you so much for your lovely comment. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Cable Car experience including the tunnel lights and the views from the top. Take care - Letetia :)
    Written 12 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • LPCinNC
    Raleigh, North Carolina3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just a cable car ride!
    Pick a sunny day and ride the cable car! The ride itself is nice but the views from the top are incredible! There's a nice cafe, perfume shop (DON'T MISS THIS!), and planetarium at the top! So plan to spend a few hours when you hop off at the top! There is also a Botanical Garden, which is nice to ramble around in!
    Kia ora and thank you for your lovely comment! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Cable Car and explored all the fun activities that are to be found at the top. Thanks for visiting and take care - Letetia :)
    Written 26 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
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David
Te Awamutu, New Zealand7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Tried to park at top to use as had a long time ago. No parks available and wife disabled so could,t get a park near. Disappointing not able to use. Suggest a couple of disabled parks nearby please...
Written 12 April 2024
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Geraldine D
Canvey Island, UK30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Wow what a long queue! There was two cruise liners in port and the queue was very long. We decided to find a cafe for coffee and Wifi hoping to return to a shorter queue. WiFi in NZ is very hit and miss, local cafes do not consider it a necessity 🤣. After catching up with family and friends we returned to find queue had reduced very little.
Did some shopping and finally queue was off the main street and that took us 15 minutes to embark the car.
Great views from car and the stop at the top. Weather had turned grey and drizzly so returned after a 10 minute phot stop although we had wanted to visit Zealandia using the free bus from there.
I think the best way to see both is to take free bus to Zealandia from Lambton Quay first and get dropped off at cable car summit to take it down to the town.
Written 6 April 2024
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johnnyroadmap
Nantwich, UK209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A must do when in Wellington. Either pre book or go after the queues have died down. We went after lunch when the queue was short and waiting time to ride only about ten minutes.
A lovely old cable car giving great views over Wellington and beyond.
If you can walk down I would certainly recommend as the gardens are lovely. There is a cafe and gift shop at the top which offer great views too.
Written 6 April 2024
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Dieter W
Hamburg, Germany43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice ride! The view from the upper station was fantastic. The driver was very friendly and had some explanations. We also loved the cable car museum at the top.
The cable car has three stops. We walked downhills and entered the cablecar at theway down in the middle of the
Written 4 April 2024
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b_long176
Sydney, Australia887 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Although picking a day where there were two cruise ships in town and it was very busy, we still didn't have to wait too long in the line to buy tickets. And for those asking, the online ticket option was down, so we had to queue up.

They've dressed up the tunnels with nice lighting, and the view from the top is fantastic. Its not that expensive either, so I'd recommend it for the whole family.
Written 29 March 2024
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AndyAquila
Lyme Regis, UK641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is one of those activities you have to do when in Wellington. The cable car has been around quite a while and the views from the top are well worth the trip.
Walking back down through the gardens was great and again well worth the trip.
We were advised to check for cruise ships in the port because when they are in, it does get very busy with long queues and wait times.
Written 26 March 2024
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rich s
London, UK256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great views of the harbour and surrounding area, go early to avoid the queues. At the top there is an excellent cafe serving breakfast, a small museum and excellent walks.
Written 24 March 2024
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GCKJA
Nebraska646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fun little trip up the hill to a delightful area with a nice cafe. It's one of those things you just have to do when you're in Wellington.
Written 23 March 2024
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What We Found Travelling
Sydney, Australia3,305 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It’s actually a funicular & not a cable car. It’s a very quick ride to the top. The views are not spectacular. If a cruise ship is in port expect to queue for at least 45 minutes. Overrated!
Probably more of a bucket list tick off item than anything else.
Written 22 March 2024
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK2,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It’s $6 to the top where you can enjoy a walk down through the botanical gardens back to the city. Or buy a return for $11 and just enjoy the cafe and views at the top. The funicular cars go every ten minutes or so and you get a different perspective from the top.
Written 21 March 2024
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