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Wellington Cable Car has been in operation since 1902 and is the only public cable car in New Zealand. Departing from the heart of the city centre (Lambton Quay), a five minute ride on this transport heritage icon will take you up to the top of Kelburn lookout for panoramic views over the city and harbour. You can also visit the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Space Place Observatory and Kelburn Villages Shops here. Before you head back down make sure to visit the Cable Car Museum, which showcases the interesting history of the city’s symbolic mode of transport and see the original cars and winding machinery on display.
When you have finished exploring the surrounding attractions at the top, take the short trip back down into the city centre. There are also 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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Wellington Cable Car Reviews
A quick and practical way of getting to the top of the hill behind Wellington. Great lookout at the top and an enjoyable walk back through the Botanic Gardens, past Parliament House into the foreshore... more »
Fun ride to the top of the hill Reminds me of the cable cars in San Francisco but on smaller basis- there are only 2 of them Not a bargain more »
Beautiful weather and fantastic cable car! It made my first visit in Wellington wonderful! Unforgettable moment! Due to the long queue, a bit worried about wasting time but my turn came to me so fast. Want to say “thanks to the team!”
Beautiful historic cable car ride to Wellington's beautiful botanical gardens. When you reach the beautiful botanical gardens you will get also a scenic view of Wellington city and its surroundings. It is a gorgeous place to stay for a while and wandering around with your friends and family. I really recommend this place to visit and enjoy your stay.
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