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Wellington Cable Car

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Address: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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The highlight to any visit to Wellington is a trip on Wellington Cable Car....

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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Walk around Wellington

This cable car goes from the main shopping street in the centre of Wellington. Is inexpensive for the short ride to the top and back. When you get to the top you have various... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This cable car goes from the main shopping street in the centre of Wellington. Is inexpensive for the short ride to the top and back. When you get to the top you have various options for other visits or you can take in the view before descending again. We decided to walk back down through the Botanic garden city trail... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the cable car up, nice 10 minute ride. The views of the city are beautiful from the top. Thus is a must to do in Wellington

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great price, wonderful views of the city once arrived at the top. Interesting lights in the tunnel. Beautifully kept cars with wooden seats and lots of chrome. A must do in wellington

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Thank Lizlam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walked right up to the ticket counter, bought a 1-way trip for $4, and walked right on. Within minutes it was moving. The trip to the top was only a few minutes, fun, and there's some nifty lights on the way up. Perfectly priced. I'm glad I did it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Riding the red cable car is a "must-do" in Wellington. We had planned a walking tour of the entire town. If you start by riding the cable car up, your entire walk will be downhill or flat. The walk begins in the Botanical Gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A fascinating ride right near to the shopping district. Well worth the price! Nice to see the old car used up until the late 70's at the top!

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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Thanks Joyce! A visit to the Cable Car Museum is a must before you wander back down to the city, bonus, it is free. The Cable Car played a huge part in the early development of Kelburn suburb and original cars on display tells a fascinating story of a by-gone era. We'd highly recommend too. More 

Frank Josef, Greymouth, Nelson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A trip worth taking if in Wellington, the tram takes you to the very top af the city, from where you have a great vire over the city 360.

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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Hi there, yes it takes only 5-minutes and it is a convenient way to reach Kelburn Lookout for panoramic views over the city, especially lovely on a sunny day! Also, there are walking tracks that start at the top of the Cable Car for those keen on a stroll back to the city, just make sure to allow at least... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We rode on the cable car recently and were impressed by it and the views from the top ( we got lucky with the weather), and the cable car museum at the top is also well worth a visit.

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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Great to hear the weather played its part during your visit! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, thanks for visiting. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall, the experience of the cable car is quite short - only maybe a couple of minutes to the top. However, the views from the top are spectacular and provide access to the botanic gardens and Zealandia (free shuttle will pick you up and take you). If not for the view at the top the review of the tram would... More 

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WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Liam! Yes, the Cable Car is provides a convenient link between the city centre on Lambton Quay and Kelburn suburb (access to Botanic Garden/Cable Car Museum/Space Place Observatory/Zealandia) and you'll find many of our local residents commuting to work everyday too as we are considered a part of the public transport network. But the best of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The cable car only goes for a few minutes but it's cheap enough to make it well worth it. Once at the top we walked to the kids park. It's a great park for a good range of ages from walking age up. DO NOT GO TO THE KOWHAI CAFE ITS BEYOND RUBBISH and they only have one high chair.

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Thank Trevor T
WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Hi Trevor, we're pleased to hear you guys enjoyed your trip to the Cable Car despite your experience at the Café. I'm sure they'd welcome your feedback about the high chairs too. Thanks for sharing your photos! More 

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