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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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280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Made the most of a beautiful Winters day in Wellington by travelling up and down the cable car. Very smooth journey and a great museum to browse at the top. Excellent customer service from the lovely young ladies in the Cable car museum. Thank you

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The cable car station is just near to our hotel so I placed a visit at about 5 pm. Frankly, the ride is not as excited as I expected. Because of the cloudy weather, I could not even see the postcard-type of scene. And more,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

For first time visitors to Wellington, Lambton Quay is the main street to know in the central business district. It here where you can access the Parliament buildings to the east and find the ticket office for the Cable car. Find 280 Lambton Quay and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the cable car to the top and started a short walk through the Botanical Gardens. Great views and I am sure that in Spring, Summer and Autumn the trees and shrubs would be beautiful, It is steep walking within the gardens.

Thank Heather G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was a little disappointed with this attraction since the views were not great. They were just nice, good coffee shop, but not much more, unless you visit the gardens.... reaaaaally short way up and down.

Thank Anna d
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Cheap and fast way to get out and over the city for some beautiful views on a clear day. for 9 NZD per person you can take the 5 minute ride to the top of the hills and wander around and see the city and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I'm terrified of most cable cars but coped with this one just fine as it's securely on rails! On a beautiful day it's a fabulous way to see the area and a great gateway to the lovely botanic gardens.

Thank Karen D
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

The weather looks fabulous! Wellington Cable Car is the only funicular railway that is still running in New Zealand since 1902. The system has numourous safety features including: two gripper brakes on each car, passenger load sensing, overload prevention and earthquake protection.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

No trip to Wellington is complete without a ride up the cable car And a visit to the cable car Museum at the top

Thank Tim H
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora and welcome Tim, well said with one of our favourite phrase! Enjoy the rest of your journey and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A little adventure for people not used to trains or cable cars. An inexpensive ride up and back. Clean transport. Friendly driver. Nice touch with lights in tunnels.

Thank Shellie M
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora and welcome Shellie, what an lovely review, thank you for visiting and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So I decided to do this iconic cable car ride. I wasn’t really expecting too much and was still disappointed. It was a very short trip to the top with the first stop being a car park like 20 metres from where you leave. There’s...More

Thank Cameron C
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora and welcome Cameron, thank you for your visit. Apologies for your unpleasant journey. As advertised, the Cable Car journey only takes about 5 minutes, it is the quickest way to travel between the city centre and the Suburb of Kelburn. At the top...More

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Alison D
19 March 2018|
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Response from WCCL | Property representative |
Kia Ora Alison, There are two ways to see the Botanic Garden. You can purchase a return ticket and return to the city centre at any time (suitable for people with time constraint). Or purchase one-way and walk down through... More
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Michelle H
4 January 2018|
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Our ship, Holland's Noordam, docked at Atorea Quay near Westpac Arena, which is located in an industrial area and does not allow for pedestrian traffic. So we took the complimentary bus available, just as you depart the... More
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Christopher D
18 August 2017|
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Response from WCCL | Property representative |
Kia Ora, the quick historic trip takes about 5 minutes. The Cable Car runs every 10 minutes between Lambton Quay (city centre) and Kelburn (Top of Cable Car where other iconic attracions of Wellington are, such as: Kelburn... More
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