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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
+64 4-472 2199
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Reviewed yesterday

Travelled on the cable car - 3 or 4 times as an easy way to access the top of the Botanic Gardens. Very impressed with the museum at the top.

Thank AussieChris08
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a good way to get from down town to the Botanic gardens. The old cable car is a throw-back to another era. The cable car goes through two tunnels on the trip and one has some lighting effects to spice it up a...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a fantastic couple of days on Wellington and this was part of probably the nicest day we had. Take the cable car up to the Botanical gardens, have a stroll around and then head over to Zealandia you will not regret it.

Thank PaulWat67
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The cable car is always worth a visit. This and the botanic gardens are always worthwhile. The old cable car station is now a museum.

Thank Bailey R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Doesn't take long to ride to the top but the views over Wellington are worth it. Suggest you take a one way trip up and walk down.

Thank Rivets1952
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take it up-hill for $4 and then just make your way downhill (return ticket $7). Once arrived at the top station either enter the museum (plan for 15-30 minutes) or enjoy the coffee at the top cafe, great views to the city from there! Grab...More

Thank HelloKiwi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very good went up the cable car and took a look around on Saturday. Was very windy but still enjoyed the ride.

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was recommended by many people and it was good value for money as the views from the top were excellent.

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 4 days ago

The cable car is one of the best ways to get a good overview of the city simply from the heart of the city. A $7 return ticket or the cable car and a walk down through the Botanical gardens is a rewarding thing to...More

Thank Anne255371
WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora Anne, thank you for visiting! One way trip is $4NZD and return is $7.50NZD.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Cable Car is up a small lane way off Lambton Quay and the cars leave at regular intervals, stopping a couple of times before reaching the Botanical Gardens. The short trip gives great views over Wellington and is a lovely way to travel. At...More

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

Kia Ora Rowan, thank you for visiting. The Cable Car runs every 10 minutes between Lambton Quay and Kelburn. The trip only takes about 5 minutes each way, you get easy access to the Kelburn Lookout, Cable car Museum, Space Place, Botanic Garden and Zealandia...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
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
Gloria F
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.