We are closed from 7 June to 14 August 2016 for upgrade.

Timetable & Fares

Wellington Cable Car is closed from 7 June to 14 August 2016 for upgrade. Ticket prices and Cable Car operating hours.


Wellington Cable Car is open every day except Christmas Day. We will run a reduced service in December. Please see below for more information.
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Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 8:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday 8:30am - 9:00pm
See Christmas Timetable

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Cable Car Closed


Wellington Cable Car will be closed for from 7 June to 14 August 2016 for a major upgrade of the electric drive and control system. The last equipment upgrade was completed in 1979 and technology has progressed significantly since then. This project will allow the Cable Car to continue to operate reliably and safely into the future.

At the same time, the Wellington City Council is undertaking significant construction work in the Cable Car Lane and the passenger terminal which includes a new, resilient overhead canopy and the ticket kiosk.

A replacement bus service will operate during the shutdown between Lambton Quay (at the end of Cable Car Lane) and Kelburn via the Terrace and Victoria University's Kelburn Campus.

Replacement bus timetable 2016 
  • The buses will cost $2 one way, cash only.
  • No Snapper Card, Victoria Intercampus pass or multi-trip pass accepted.
  • The Zealandia shuttle service from the top of the Cable Car will not be running during this period.
  • SuperGold Cards can be used for off peak travel.

We will resume normal services at 7:00am on Monday 15 August .

Please be aware of the closure dates when placing tour group bookings.

Christmas Timetable

The Cable Car will run reduced services during December 2016.



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

You can download an electronic copy of our brochure for your visit: English, Maori, Chinese (中文), Korean (한국어) Japanese (日本語), German (Deutsch), Spanish (Español), French (Française).

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10 Trips 
25 Trips
Adult $7.50 $4.00 $3.50 $28.00 $56.00
Child (5-15) $3.50 $2.00 - $14.00 $28.00
with NZ Student ID
$3.50 $2.00 - $14.00 $28.00
2 adult and up to 4 children
$19.00     *Trips to be used by one person
Monthly Pass $70.00        
Monday-Friday: 9am to 3pm and after 6:30pm
All day weekends and Public Holidays

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  • Children under 5 years old travel for free
  • Multi-trips are loaded electronically onto a Snapper+ or Cable Car Multi-trip Card. Charges apply for new cards.
  • Multi-trip tickets are only available to individual passengers to enable them to make multiple journeys. They are not valid for group travel 
  • Online tickets can be purchased and printed from any computer, or shown on-screen on a mobile device
  • No cash refunds are given on online tickets. Refunds are via the credit card that was used in the original transaction. For refunds call 04 472 0506 or email
  • Refunds can take up to 7 to 10 working days.
  • When purchasing a Student ticket or using a SuperGold Card, customers must also have their Student ID or Super Gold card with them.

Snapper Card

The Snapper Card is Wellington’s contactless transport ticketing smartcard, which can be used to pay for discounted fares on the Cable Car, Bus, Taxis and on-street parking in Wellington.

You need a Snapper + card to use Snapper on the Cable Car. If you have an older Snapper card without a ‘+’, please visit a Snapper Service Centre to transfer your balance and/or travel pass to a Snapper + card free of charge.

Snapper is available to passengers traveling through Lambton Quay only.

Child and Tertiary student fares on Snapper
If you have a child concession on your Snapper, you will be automatically charged a child fare. If you would like to get a Wellington Cable Car tertiary student concession applied to your snapper, please visit your nearest Snapper service centre with your tertiary student ID.

Multi Trip Card

Multi trip cards are only available to individual passengers to enable multiple journeys at the Cable Car. They are NOT valid for group travel.

New issue Multi trip cards incur a one-off fee of $2.50. Charge also applies to lost or stolen cards. Damaged cards will be exchanged free of charge.

When reloading trips onto a Student Card, you must present your valid NZ Student ID upon purchase.

Multi trip card trips are valid for one year from the date of purchase. No refunds are given on part used Multi trip cards. 

School Groups

All members of a school group will be charged at the Child rate. Please make a booking for school groups at

School group bookings for the Cable Car Museum need to be made separately with the Museum Trust on 04 475 3578 or


Tour Groups

Although you can show up on the day, we prefer to receive bookings for large groups so we can confirm dates, manage any potential overcrowding and also notify you in the unlikely event there is an operational problem with the Cable Car on the day.

There is no charge for a cancelled booking except where some other element is included in the Cable Car trip such as packed lunches, a Cable Car Museum tour or Space Place (Carter Observatory)/Zealandia tour where we may incur additional costs.

Tour group bookings for Wellington Cable Car should be made by emailing

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+64 4 472 2199
Cable Car Lane
280 Lambton Quay