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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

You can catch the Cable car every 10-15 mins. Easy access from Lambton Quay.The views of the City combined with the Gardens make the trip well worth while.

Thank Grant B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was so excited to go on a Wellington Cable Car ride. It's a short ride and will take you to the Botanical Garden and Zealandia as well as the cable car museum. The car is clean and brand new. Some locals use it as...More

Thank Arsalan A
Reviewed yesterday

If in Wellington, strongly suggest you make time for the cable car up the mountain. Very safe and one of a kind views of the entire city. This cable car run is totally special in its view, the ease of use, the shortness of the...More

Thank ralphwilhelm1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nothing special, something to do when you are in Wellington. However the gardens at the end of the track are something special and a must whilst you are in Wellington.

Thank Paul111967
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the cabel car one way. Came down via botanical garden. Up on the hill there some activitis. We enjoyed it.

Thank Sinora P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After arriving into Port we headed into the City. Not much to do in Wellington and this was a good attraction with some historical significance. Worth doing and very affordable at only $7.50 return per person. Takes you to the top of the city with...More

Thank Dahl D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This cable car is iconic Wellington. You really must do this and get the photo from the top overlooking Wellington. Highly recommended.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Small line up but worth it well run, going up the cable look very well maintained and the view going up wonderful.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to the top of the cable car for a second time as been on a previous visit and at the top your provided spectacular views of wellington. The walk back down along the paths thru the gardens is very relaxing and well worth your...More

Thank tris F
Reviewed 3 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the Wellington Cable Car experience, the children were oohing and ahhing and pointing out of the window and the adults about the same, a delightful and convenient ride.

Thank Jack B
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Michelle H
3 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
Christopher D
17 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
9 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