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Wellington Cable Car

280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 2199
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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.
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  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fun ride” (77 reviews)
“lambton quay” (207 reviews)
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280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you want to go straight up a hill towards not much then this is for you. There is a couple of spots for some great photos and a cafe with a minimal selection of cabinet food but really - stick to the few photos.

Thank Alex S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This unusual funicular cable car is a great way to get up to the botanical gardens or the space place (observatory), or just go for the ride through tunnels of patterned colored lights interspersed with amazing veiws of Wellington and the waterfront.

Thank GigiRoss2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Been up here a few times now when I have had friends/family visit Wellington. The view from the top is stunning, especially on a great day. Cafe, space place, cable car museum and botanical gardens all at the top. Well worth a visit & a...More

Thank cfkendall
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora, thank you for your lovely review! Looks like you've made the most of your visits. Student ID are great for students that are studying in New Zealand, even lower rate!

Reviewed 4 days ago

I was a bit disappointed in the cable car after riding the real thing in San Francisco. You go straight up a hill for about 4 minutes and not much to see or do at the top then you ride straight back down.More

1  Thank rew2you
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora, thank you for visiting! This is the famous Cable Car in Wellington, New Zealand. The only funicular railway that is still running in New Zealand, operated for over 100 years since 1902. It runs between Lambton Quay and Kelburn, offering quick historic trips...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Takes you up a hill to a beautiful view and a "cable car museum". Worthwhile. Lots of history. Something different to do.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago

We found the entrance quite hard to find up the side street. The journey is very short, but worth it for the views, even on a overcast, rainy day. Do visit the free cable car museum - it was more interesting that I would've expected...More

1  Thank RosieFifeGirl
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora, thank you for your kind suggestion, we take customer feedback seriously. We do agree, no matter what the weather is like the view is worth it.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The ride does not last long, but it was a nice ride up and then we walked down through the botanical gardens.

1  Thank GRS60
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The cable car is a great way to get to the botanic gardens, space observatory or just to enjoy the view. The cable cars are clean and well maintained. The drivers informative letting you know how to get to points of interest and the timing...More

1  Thank Deb C
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Deb, thank you for your lovely review, very detailed! You're perfectly right, the view is magnificent for functions during the day time and night time. We do offer venue hiring, perfect for corporate functions, birthdays, meetings, weddings and other parties.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy and enjoyable trip from the city up the hill. Lovely vista! Unexpectedly good (and free) cable car museum ... definitely worth 30 mins or so!! Easy walk back downhill back through the botanical gardens (a little steep in a couple parts) with sculptures, then...More

1  Thank KKG007
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora, looks like you've found a perfect way to travel around this area. Thank you for visiting, we're glad to see you enjoyed your trip!

Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to the Cable car in May 2017. Friends in Auckland advised on taking it, at least on the way up which is what we did. We came back walking to see the scenery. The ride seem to have a couple of stops on...More

1  Thank Montrealeronthemove
WCCL, digital marketing coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora, thank you for visiting, we're glad to see you enjoyed your trip! Travel up by Cable Car and walk down through the Botanic Garden is the perfect way to tour around this area, especially when the weather is nice!

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bob3977
I note from the reviews that a number of reviewers have elected to walk back down the hill rather than return via the cable car. Can you advise me of the walking distance?
10 May 2016|
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Response from WCCL | Property representative |
Hi there, the walk back down through the Botanic Garden (following the Pohutukawa flower tiles) takes approximately 40 minutes and is mostly a downhill walk. You'll end up at the Reserve Bank which is opposite the Parliament... More
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Gloria F
How much does the cable car ride cost? Can you ride it back down or do you just walk down.
6 December 2015|
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Response from Jean B | Reviewed this property |
As a NZ resident I was able to use my seniors gold card. You can take the car back down or walk, or even catch a bus at the top back to the city. It's certainly very cheap and well worth the trip to the top.
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Joanna W
Am visiting via cruise ship - when is the best time to avoid queues?
4 December 2015|
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Response from Lynne690 | Reviewed this property |
We had no queue travelling mid-morning on a week day. There was not cruise ship in town though, so perhaps this would change things.
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