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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 yesterday

Had never been on the cable car while previously living in wellington .Glad that we now have been . Memorable ride to the top and a great windy view when you get there Excellent licensed cafe up there also . A bonus that Gold card...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Wellington cable car is a must. Able to take great pictures of Wellington. Love the lights in the tunnel. Cheap too!

Thank dmorris29
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What more is there to say it's a cable car and if you have a Gold Card it's free at certain hours and at weekends

Thank Nigel R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our bus driver told us 10 times DO NOT RIDE THE CABLE CAR BACK DOWN I will pick you up at the top. Of COURSE 2 fools did the opposite and we totally lost them. Nice ride up and fantastic views from the top.

Thank fireman452
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went up and back down the hill and enjoyed the view. It was a Monday so the observatory was closed but the views are worth the trip. Thanks to our cable car operator on the way down for his hospitality and commentary.

Thank Reklaw252
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Reviewed 2 days ago

USed the Cable Cars to go to the Botanical Gardens - great ride and well managed - timeous departure and made going to the Gardens very easy. Used it one way and walked back. Very enjoyable

Thank WillemlR
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora and welcome, thank you for visiting, glad to see you enjoyed your journey. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The trip to the top takes about 15 minutes maximum. The line was super quick as well. Brilliant views once you arrive at the top.

Thank Tayla R
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Tayla, thank you for visiting, glad to see you enjoyed your journey. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The cable car is there mainly to commute residents. If you want visit the botanical gardens then go for it else do not bother. No view and no reason to use it.More

Thank Thadanim
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora and welcome, thank you for visiting. Cable Car is one of the top iconic tourist attraction in Wellington. It's popular because we have been in service for 116 years since 1902. We are also a form of transport, locals and students at the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's cute! I would suggest catching it at the bottom and walk down through the botanical garden. Its a lot faster than any other cable cars I've seen!

Thank Kanaena
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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora and welcome, great picture! Thank you for visiting, glad to see you enjoyed your journey. The Cable Car journey takes about 5 minutes each way so it's a quick historic trip.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ride for the city views, but try to go at a time when there aren’t long lines. There is a great view of Wellington after a short ride. There are two cars, and when we ride, mostly tourists

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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora and welcome, thank you for visiting. Our passengers are mostly tourist, commuters and students. October - April is our peak season.

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Michelle H
4 January 2018|
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Response from TexasCatBird | Reviewed this property |
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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bob3977
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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