Wellington Cable Car Review

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Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car runs from Lambton Quay in the CBD up the hill to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with lookouts over the City & Harbour.

Other attractions around the top station are the Cable Car museum & the Carter Observatory . Kelburn village is a short walk away.

You can take the Cable car back down or enjoy a walks down through the Botanic Gardens to Thorndon or back to Lambton Quay via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery & the Beehive.

The Wellington Cable Car Museum is right near the exit to the top station of the Cable Car & includes a history of the Cable Car & several displays.

There are two of the original cable car system’s three grip cars & a trailer. Grip Car 1 (1901) & its trailer (originally a horse-drawn tram c1882) have both been restored to their 1970s appearance. Grip Car 3 has been restored to its appearance c1905

Display panels detail the 100-year history of the Wellington cable car & the development of the Wellington suburb Kelburn. It includes stories like how many people used to ride the Cable Car up the hill & then enjoy the walk down so they started charging 2 pence for the trip up & 1 pence for the trip down
The original winding gear used to haul the cable cars up the incline has been restored to working order and can be seen on the lower level of the museum.

There are several short video’s playing all day covering the history of the Wellington cable car system & other trams around New Zealand. Another interesting video is about Wellington’s Private Cable Cars used by locals to access their homes on the hills.


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