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Wellington Cable Car

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Address: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, 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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Good views and informative

Good views and well laid out. Cable car ride is short but it's nice to do. Everything is clean and tidy and safe. Nice cafe at the top for something to eat while overlooking the... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Dale S
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We took the cable car up after walking there from Manners. Lovely walk through the city, thoroughly enjoyable ride up and a very pretty walk down through the Botanic Gardens. What a lovely way to spend a morning!

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

Thanks Amrit! That's a great way to explore the city whilst being out and able, not to mention the history you'll discover along the walk down. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Loved our ride on the cable car, and its location, as are all in Wellington, very central. Interesting museum at top, shame the cafe was closed when we visited. Still enjoyed the trip.

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Thank LesleyMac16
WCCL, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Wellington Cable Car, responded to this review

Thanks! We are very lucky to be located right in the heart of the city centre and be able to transport people to the lookout for beautiful panoramic views within 8 minutes!. And the Botanic Garden at the top is a must, a great place immerse yourself in NZ's native flora and fauna. More 

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

It's a good thing to do. The ride was very short but it was nice. The Cable car museum at the top is free and worth a look. We walked on to the Space Place Planetarium for a show before heading back down the hill in the Cable Car.

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

Hi, awesome to hear you thoroughly enjoyed the surrounding attractions, they are really fun and there's always something for everyone to enjoy whether it's the history or the interactive elements. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Good views and well laid out. Cable car ride is short but it's nice to do. Everything is clean and tidy and safe. Nice cafe at the top for something to eat while overlooking the city. Only slight criticism I would have is for the limbs of the tree to be trimmed for the view from the cafe but it's... More 

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

Thanks Dale. We agree the Café is a great place to grab a bite and unwind from the bustling streets below. We're glad to see you enjoyed your trip and it's definitely worthwhile to hunt around for a deal. More 

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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

If you have seen the views from the Victoria hill then the cable car might not look as attractive. It is a good way to commute between the city and the gardens at the top.

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

Hi, the Cable Car is definitely the most convenient way to travel between the city centre and Botanic Gardens above. Many of our local residents and University student use this mode of transport daily too! The Lookout area offers panoramic views and is super accessible to everyone. We are very proud to be one of only two Wellington organisation to... More 

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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A short ride but a pleasant trip. Worth the trip just to walk around the gardens. Wasn't the best weather but the views were still beautiful from the top.

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Thank Martin W
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is cool a both a regular mode of transport and a tourist attraction - though the bottom entrance was a bit easy to overlook in amongst some scaffolding & works. I was especially taken with the twinkly light displays in the two tunnels - cool as we approached and psychedelic as you passed under the funky lighting!

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

Hi there, thanks for visiting us! Currently the City Council is undertaking some construction work in the Lane to install a new overhead canopy, which should be completed in October. We're glad to see you enjoyed the funky lights we had installed, it showcases beautifully at night time too. More 

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Caught the Cable car and its got lots of great character. I loved the ride up and going through the tunnels.

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Thank Blake R
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very convenient to travel from the CBD and good price for students. Enjoyed the top-of-the-mountain view, and the souvenir coins. Unfortunately, the space planetarium is not open during weekdays.

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Thank YunSeh L
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went up for a morning tea stop in the. Botanical gardens on a sunny calm Wellington day and loved it. The cable car museum is interesting and the video of the history of it all is fascinating. Some hiccups on the way down reminded us that engineering is not. A perfect science, but we were in no danger and arrived... More 

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

Hi Sandy! We're glad to hear you guys enjoyed your day out at the top of the Cable Car. The exhibitions at the Museum is a great reminder of how far we've progressed technologically, and is something that we continuously work on to improve operations. Thanks for the recommendations! More 

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