What To Do

Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends, the panoramic views, and surrounding activities!


Purchase your ticket at the ticket office, located at Lambton Quay and take the five minute Cable Car trip to the top of Kelburn Hill, perched 119 meters above the city. Once you're at the Kelburn lookout enjoy views of the city & harbour Te Whanganui-a-Tara from the indoor or outdoor platforms.

For a fast and convenient way to experience the Cable Car, buy your tickets online before you arrive. Please remember that you will still need to queue for the Cable Car on busy days.

  • One Way Ticket: Purchase a one-way ticket from the Ticket Office and travel up to the top of Kelburn Hill to enjoy panoramic views and surrounding attractions. To get back into the city, walk through the Botanic Garden, then onto Bolton Street Cemetery, which will lead you to Parliament, in the city center (follow the orange coloured line in the Attractions Map below). There are maps located at the Cable Car and entrance to the Garden to help you navigate your way. Please allow at least 40 minutes for this walk.

    If you decide to take the Cable Car back down, simply hop on a Cable Car and pay for a one way ticket at the Ticket Office on your return.
  • Return Ticket: Purchase a return ticket from the Ticket Office to travel uphill and downhill on the Cable Car. The Cable Car is wheelchair accessible.


There is no public parking at the Cable Car. The nearest parking buildings are at:
  • Queens Wharf
  • The Terrace for Lambton Quay
  • The Skyline at 1 Upland Road, Kelburn (top of the Cable Car)
Got a question? You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.

There are five stations: Lambton Quay, Clifton Terrace, Talavera, Salamanca, and Kelburn.
Wellington Cable Car-Attractions Map


Tunnel Lights Display

Visitors and locals alike that ride through the two 100m long tunnels will be surrounded by burst of LED lights that flash on and off to create some stunning patterns and imagery. Developed by interactive lighting designer Angus Muir, the light show was commissioned following last year’s Power Plant temporary light show produced as part of the New Zealand Festival. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the response to the tunnel-light show was one of total delight and attracted wide attention.
“The light show will be a changing spectacle of colour with themes depicting events happening in Wellington from the World of Wearable Arts to Rugby Sevens, Christmas and Easter".
The new lights can be programmed with set routines to feature specific content for special events. The tunnel light show will be available daily from 9am to close during the weekdays and all day during the weekends. 

Check out our Youtube channel and Facebook page for video and pictures of the lights.
Tunnel Lights


Explore Wellington's top attractions during your visit to the Cable Car.


Cable Car Museum

Visit the Cable Car Museum as part of your trip, it is located adjacent to Kelburn Terminus. It houses the original winding machinery for the cable car system which operated from 1902 until 1978.

The Museum is set over two levels,  and offers visitors the chance to sit aboard Wellington's most iconic transport system. Take a seat and enjoy a short film about the development of the Cable Car or browse through the gift shop for any  last-minute  presents!

Free Admission
Cable Car Museum

Botanic Gardens of Wellington

The Botanic Garden covers over 25 hectares and is a unique landscape of protected native forest, exotic trees, specialised plant collections and colourful floral displays. Points of interest  includes the Begonia House, Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Treehouse Visitors’ Centre, Children’s play area and the Duck pond.

The downhill path back into the city is marked with Pohutukawa flower tiles and is an easy downhill path that starts at the top of the Cable Car and ends by Parliament in the city center. Allow 40 minutes for this walk. 

Free Admission

Botanic Gardens

Space Place at Carter Observatory

Space Place at Carter Observatory is located two minutes from the top of the Cable Car with multimedia exhibitions and some of New Zealand’s most prestigious astronomical artefacts. Enjoy the show in the digital full-done planetarium and explore the Southern skies.

There’s even an opportunity to adopt a star!

Admission charge

Space Place

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary

Discover New Zealand's unique conservation story: 80 million years of natural history in the fascinating exhibition and 225ha of remarkable nature in the beautiful sanctuary valley and just a five minute free shuttle ride from the top of the Cable Car. Don’t miss your chance to see New Zealand’s award winning eco-attraction. Plan your visit ahead of time by checking out the Zealandia Shuttle Timetable.

Admission charge



Kelburn Village

Kelburn is an established residential area. The village centre includes the historic St Michael's Angelican Church, cafes, restaurants, pharmacy and many more. Kelburn is well served by a range of buses including the 17, 18, 20, and 22/23 to other areas of the city via the CBD.

Located about 5 minutes walk from the top of the Cable Car (Kelburn Terminus)
Kelburn Village

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