Wellington's Top Spots

The cable car has been transporting people up and down the steep hill above Wellington Harbour for over 110 years and is an important link for locals and those attending Victoria University's Kelburn Campus. It has also been a "tourist attraction" since long before Wellington was considered a tourist destination and is still top of the list as a must do on a visit to Wellington, in fact no trip to Wellington is complete without a ride on the cable car.

All you need is 20 minutes to enjoy a return trip with about five minutes at the lookout to admire the view over Wellington and its magnificent harbour Te Whanganui a Tara (Great Harbour of Tara).

Ideally spend a little longer at the top to admire the view and take in some of the history at the Cable Car Museum (free entry). The museum is situated within the old winding house and is home to two of the original cable cars and the historic winding gear once used to haul the cars up the steep hill.

The cable car is a great way to access the following attractions:

Carter ObservatoryCarter Observatory and Planetarium

Experience the full dome planetarium and the interactive exhibition (entry fee applies) situated just two minutes walk from the Kelburn Terminus.


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.

Botanic GardenThe Wellington Botanic Garden

25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections and colourful floral displays. The downhill path is marked with stenciled flowers and is an easy downhill path that starts at the cable car and ends by Parliament in the CBD. Allow 40 minutes for this walk.