Funicular railway in Wellington

Wellington Cable Car

Take the Wellington Cable Car for city views, to visit the Botanic Garden, and to learn history.

Ascending from the heart of Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car offers a ride to the city's lookout point at Kelburn. In operation since 1902, this funicular railway is an important part of the city's identity, serving both as transport and a piece of local history. Its journey offers views that show the true feel of New Zealand's capital.

The Wellington Cable Car runs every 10 minutes, connecting the city center with the Botanic Garden and Carter Observatory. This five-minute trip covers 612 meters (0.38 miles), climbing 120 meters (394 feet) above the city.

Along the way, riders see a backdrop that changes from the urban scene to the greens of Kelburn Park. The cable cars, updated with a touch of the past, are painted bright red, making them easy to see against Wellington's skies. At the summit, the Cable Car Museum, in the original winding house, displays the system's past and how it works.

Practical Tips for Visitors:

  • The lower station is on Lambton Quay, a main shopping street.
  • Buy tickets at the station or use a Snapper card.
  • The upper station provides access to the Botanic Garden, Space Place at Carter Observatory, and the shuttle to Zealandia ecosanctuary.
  • You may want to ride during less busy hours to avoid crowds.

Whether you're looking for a quick way to get to Kelburn's attractions or a scenic ride that's important to the city's past, the Wellington Cable Car offers both convenience and pleasure for visitors.

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