The historic Wellington Cable Car is a short ride from the heart of Wellington to Kelburn Lookout where visitors can witness a panoramic view of the city. It is also an entry point to some of Wellington’s most popular attractions including the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory, and Zealandia.

Highlights

  • The Ride – From the Lambton Quay Terminus to the top, there are 2 more stop where passengers can get off, Talavera Stop and Salamanca Stop. At Salamanca Stop, you can visit the Victoria University, but most visitors make their way to the top to Kelburn Terminus where the Botanic Garden is located. A complete 1 way ride last approximately 5-10 minutes.

cable car (16)

  • Cable Car Museum – At Kelburn Terminus, you can visit the Cable Car Museum for free to learn about its history. There is a souvenir shop and a few exhibits that provide good photo opportunities.
  • Panoramic View – As you exit Kelburn Terminus, there is a lookout point to see a panoramic view of Wellington. Take a moment here to enjoy the view and snap a few photoshots.

view of Wellington

Prices

 1-wayReturn
Adult   (uphill)
(downhill)
$4.00 uphill
$3.50 downhill
$7.00
Children 5-15 yrs old$1.50$2.50
Children under 5 yrsfreefree
Students (must show valid NZ student ID)
$1.50$2.50
SuperGold Card Holders free 9am-3pm & 6:30pm-10pm Monday-Friday & all day weekends/public holidays$2 peak time
Family Return
(2 adults and up to 4 children)
$17

Multi Trips

10 Trip20 Trip30 Trip
Adult$23.00$40.00$55.00
Student/Child$10.00$19.00$26.00
SuperGold Card Holder$15.00$25.00$36.00

Map

You can find an interactive map on their official site.

Cable Car map

Tip

  • Cruise Days – On days where cruise ships stop in Wellington, the queue can be busy in the morning. If there’s no rush, catch the Cable Car in the afternoon, but even if you do arrive in the morning on these days, it’s about a 20-30 minute wait from the ticket booth to the street.

cable car queue

  • 1 way or 2 way ticket – You’ll only need a 1 way ticket If you’re thinking about going to Zealandia, since there is a free direct shuttle from Zealandia back to Wellington city. Similarly, if you’re planning to go on the Main Downhill Walk at the Botanic Gardens, there’s no point getting a 2 way ticket. Make sure you plan your route for the day before purchasing the Cable Car ticket.

Transport

There are a number of signs on the streets to guide visitors to the ticketing booth for the Cable Car.

cable car street sign

cable car sign

Buses from cruises – Buses cost $10 per person and you can purchase them when you get off your cruise ship. From Brandon St drop off point in the city, it is only a 2 minute walk to Lambton Quay Terminus.

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5 Reviews

  1. NicoleH
    NicoleH
    Canada 61 Comments
     -  07 Oct 2017

    The cable car was one of my favourite experiences in Wellington. Starting in central Wellington, the car transports you up to an amazing view over the city. You can take a return trip back to the city, but we enjoyed wandering through the botanical gardens and the rose garden on the way down. Would definitely recommend.

  2. Jen11
    Jen11
    Germany 60 Comments
     -  02 Oct 2017

    The cable car in Wellington is a fun ride and a cool experience. Take a one way trip and walk down throught the beautiful botanical gardens. There is a nice view over Wellington from the top, where you arrive with the cable car.

  3. shae23
    shae23
    Australia 119 Comments
     -  02 Jul 2017

    Our family really enjoyed this experience. It is less than $10 return trip and has a few different stops where you can chose to get off. The Kelburn Terminus was the best part as there is a lookout with some incredible views!!

  4. Dunebug
    Dunebug 10 Comments
     -  31 May 2017

    Great for kids. The cable car itself is fun and children love it. The museum at the top is cute and a quick diversion. The best part though, is the gardens at the top, wander down to find an amazing children’s play park.

  5. dre
    dre 27 Comments
     -  26 Jan 2017

    The cable car is a piece of Wellington heritage. Operating daily it can be a commutator for Students as they head up to Kelburn the home of Victoria University. You can also reach the botanical gardens

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