We are now OPEN with extended hours and a Reopening Weekend Special 'HALF PRICE on Adult and Child Return Tickets! Tickets must be purchased online.'


What To Do

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


Purchase your ticket from the ticket booth at Lambton Quay (lower terminal) and take the five minute cable car trip to the top of Kelburn Hill, 119 metres above the city.
  • One Way Ticket: for travel uphill to the top of Kelburn to enjoy the views and surrounding attractions. To get back down into the city, there are several walks around the hillsides of the Botanic Garden, including a beautiful 40-minute stroll back down to Lambton Quay via historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive (follow the orange coloured line in the Map below). There are maps located at the Cable Car and entrance to the Garden to help you navigate your way.

    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 bottom terminal on your return.
  • Return Ticket: for travel in both directions on the Cable Car. There is no time restriction and allows you plenty of time to explore your surroundings. The Cable Car is wheelchair accessible.
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.

Got a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Once you arrive at the top of the Cable Car, head to the indoor or outdoor viewing platform to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and harbor Te Whanganui-a-Tara. There’s a telescope for viewing too, just make sure to bring some coins! The Krupp Gun is another lookout area with less impeded views.

See a virtual tour of the top of the Cable Car:
Wellington Cable Car (Kelburn lookout) - Google Maps

This is the perfect spot to capture the iconic photo of Wellington!


Unwind with a view! Cable Top Eatery, located at the top of the Cable Car offers a range of food and drinks, snacks, wine and NZ craft beers.

Also, a short five minute walk away from the top is Kelburn Village, an established residential area. The Village centre includes the historic St Michael’s Angelican Church, cafes, resturants, pharmacy and many more.

You’ll find the Picnic Café, located beside the Begonia house in the heart of Wellington's beautiful Botanic Garden a great place to refuel before continuing on your walk.
 There are five stops (from lower terminal): Lambton Quay, Clifton, Talavera,  Salamanca, and Kelburn
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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).



Developed by interactive lighting designer Angus Muir, passengers that ride through the two 100 metre long tunnels will be surrounded by bursts of LED lights that flash on and off to create some stunning patterns and imagery. The new lights can be programmed with set routines to feature specific content for special events.

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Check out our YouTube channel and Facebook for video and photos of the lights.


Another public piano in Wellywood!
The Cable Car Piano is a present from Joan and Margaret Ellis who both loved music and like to share it. We would love to hear you play and share your music with us. #CableCarPiano and we will share them!

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Exclusive Cable Car souvenirs are available for purchase at the
Lambton Quay Terminal:

The Wellington Cable Car Model    
Great for gifts and series collectors
Limited edition 1:64 die-cast model of the Wellington Cable Car
Made by GreenLight Collectibles
  1:64 die-cast model of Cable Car      


The Cable Car Floating Action Pen                                                           
The ultimate gift for everyone                                                                              
Watch the Cable Car sway gently through the tunnel and across the
Wellington Harbour as you write away
Made in Denmark                                                                                       The Floaty Action Pen-425-287 

The Cable Car Enamel Badge Collection                                        
Looking for something small and iconic?
Here is another perfect gift for everyone!                                    
It can be used as a simple fashion statement. Add it to accessories like hats, scarves, purses, backpacks, ties and many more.
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The Cable Car Keychain                                                          
Great value souvenir keychain of car 1
Grab a handful for your clients, family and friends
Exclusive within New Zealand
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The Classic Cable Car Cap
The classic baseball cap is a stylish staple that will provide shade from the sun and pull your look together with a sportive appeal
Exclusive within New Zealand
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The new rainbow mural in the Lambton Quay Terminal is the work of local illustrator Gina Kiel. "This colourful rainbow landscape mural represents the Cable Car experience as a moving connective path through the continuum of time from history to current day and beyond," Kiel says.
This mural is part of a Wellington City Council-supported programme pakiTara-toi, to put more art on walls in the city. 



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The Clifton mural showcases the Cable Car history and the people that were involved in its development. The black and white section of the mural features the founders of the Cable Car; including James Fulton and Martin Kennedy. The middle section is the Relentless Red Rattler that were used from the 1950s to the late 1970s. The present day Cable Car is painted at the end of the mural; see if you can spot any of our staff members. - Artwork by, Ellen


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


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


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 centre. Allow 40 minutes for this walk. 

Free Admission

Botanic Gardens


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


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


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+64 4 472 2199
Cable Car Lane
280 Lambton Quay