Wellington Cable Car

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Wellington Cable Car
4.5
Historic Sites • Trams • Lookouts
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7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 and evry 15 minutes before 8pm.
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John L
Cambridge, New Zealand212 contributions
Mar. 2022
A great attraction for Wellington. I recall the old cable car prior to the late 70's and remember the kerfuffle losing the old cars with the external seating. Whilst the romanticism has been lost the new ones are certainly more practical.
We enjoyed the ride and also the small museum at the top.
Written 11 March 2022
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Victoria B
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand17 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Went to observatory and took cable car back. Would have done a return trip instead of Uber to get there. Didn’t know about it until staff at Observatory suggested it. Takes right down to Lambton Quay. Superb!
Written 5 March 2022
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Kaikalkoe
Arrowtown, New Zealand40 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Lovely morning out with young children. Short ride on the cable car, which was immaculate. At the top didn’t get to see the cable car museum as that was closed but did go to the beautiful gardens and space centre.

Well worth a visit and staff were excellent!
Written 25 January 2022
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Thefamilytraveller
Whangarei, New Zealand103 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
The cable car is unbelievably smooth and the journey gives some great views of the city. When getting to the top the museum is well worth a visit and gives you some history as well as the chance to view the original cars.
Written 30 December 2021
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Denis Toh
Sibu, Malaysia25 contributions
Dec. 2020
It's awesome to see such a historic mode of transport that is still functional in Wellington. Truly a unique experience. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington. Before you head back down, make sure to visit the Cable Car Museum, which provides a history of the city's symbolic mode of transport and see the original cars and winding machinery on display. No entrance fee is imposed. It's FREE! A must-do if you want to experience Wellington.
Written 30 November 2021
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rachelmB5647WI
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates39 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Family
The staff were very helpful, and going up with a young child in a pram they were very chatty and friendly.
A nice ride out of the CBD to a great city wide view.
Written 9 October 2021
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Christine S
Taupo, New Zealand70 contributions
Apr. 2021
It's great they have the tunnels all lit up with amazing colourful lights. Great ride and the views are fabulous on a nice sunny day.
Written 27 July 2021
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Kia Ora Christine, Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are thrilled you had a great time, enjoyed the tunnel lights and the views. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. :)
Written 29 July 2021
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Bernard R
Whangarei, New Zealand1,047 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Set in the centre of Wellington off Lambton Quay this attraction is easily accessible. Even better it is free for gold card holders at weekends. As it travels up the hill it passes through several tunnels which are illuminated. At the top is a small museum and shop.
Written 17 July 2021
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Kia Ora, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are thrilled you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Written 18 July 2021
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand781 contributions
Jun. 2021
I would not want to walk up this route so being able to take the cable car is a major bonus and the views on a clear day are great. The museum at the top is interesting and informative and we enjoyed a pleasant walk back down through the gardens spotting birds and enjoying the walk.
Written 12 July 2021
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Kia Ora, Thank you for your lovely feedback Maree. We are happy you had a great time, and enjoyed the views. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 18 July 2021
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Johnpinfold
Cheviot, New Zealand15 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Awesome to see such a historic mode of transport still functional and some great views from the top. A must do if you want to experience Wellington
Written 10 July 2021
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Kia Ora, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We definitely concur that the Cable Car is a must do when visiting Wellington, and the views are lovely at the top! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 18 July 2021
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