Route & Cable Car station info
How long is the trip?
The one way trip takes approximately 4-5 minutes from Lambton Quay to Kelburn Terminal (top of Cable Car) and vice versa.
How many stops are there?
There are five stops. The lower terminal is in Cable Car Lane, off Lambton Quay. The upper terminal is next to the Wellington Botanic Garden at the end of Upland Road, Kelburn. There are three other equally spaced stations (from Lambton Quay), they are Clifton, Talavera, and Salamanca (University stop). View map
How do we get to the Cable Car?
The Cable Car is located at 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington. The entrance is located in the Cable Car Lane between Flight Centre and Countdown Supermarket. Look out for the street sign on Lambton Quay. View Google Map
The upper terminal is located at 1 Upland Road, Kelburn. Next to the Cable Car Museum.
For Cruise Ship Passengers: A regular shuttle service runs from the cruise terminal to the city at a cost of approximately NZ$10. The Cable Car is just a two minute walk from the Brandon Street shuttle stop.
Alternatively you can walk from the cruise terminal - this takes about 25 minutes. For the first 10 minutes the walkway is between a busy road and commercial port operations, however, after this the route take you along the picturesque waterfront to Queens Wharf. From there, turn left and cross over to Customhouse Quay and walk along Grey Street. The Cable Car is at the end of Grey Street on Lambton Quay. View map
There will also be Wellington volunteers (they will be wearing yellow jackets) placed around the city to help upon your arrival. They are very knowledgeable!
What times does the Cable Car depart?
The Cable Car runs continuously throughout the day, the cars run every 10 minutes from the hour departing from Lambton Quay and Kelburn Terminal. View the Cable Car timetable
How do I know which Cable Car to catch to get to Kelburn Station (at the top of Cable Car) on time?
In general, a Cable Car trip takes 5 minutes from Lambton Quay to Kelburn Terminal. Please make sure you are on the boarding platforms on time. Allow extra time if you need to purchase a ticket from the ticket booth.
Do you have to queue for the Cable Car? When is it the busiest?
When a cruise ship is in port all day, the Cable Car is particularly busy between 9:30am and midday, however the queues often look worse than they are. There are two cable cars and they can each accommodate up to 70 people. With cars running every 7 minutes the queues tend to move quickly. When full, the terminal only accommodates two car loads and Cable Car Lane a further car load, so maximum wait times from the ticket booth are 15 minutes and 20 to 30 minutes from the end of the Cable Car Lane at Lambton Quay.
How much time should I spend at the Cable Car?
How much time you spend at the Cable Car will largely depend on how long you spend at the summit and surrounding attractions. A one way trip takes about 5 minutes. We would recommend at least 20 minutes for a return trip on the Cable Car and then allocate extra time for a visit to the Cable Car Museum and walk around the Botanic Garden.
Do I need to book to travel on the Wellington Cable Car?
No, reservations or bookings are not required to travel on the Wellington Cable Car. The cars run 7 days a week with day departures every 10 minutes.
You can buy tickets online in advance and either print them out or present the ticket/s on your smartphone. You can also buy tickets on the day of travel from our ticket booth at our lower terminal at 280 Lambton Quay.
However, it is recommended to book in advance if you are travelling as a school or tour group. Group bookings for Wellington Cable Car should be made by email to email@example.com or call +64 4 472 0506. Bookings must be made during office operating hours (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).
How much does it cost to travel on Wellington Cable Car?
You can purchase a one way (NZ$4) or return (NZ$7.50) ticket for the Cable Car. There are also child prices available. View our fares
Where do I buy Cable Car tickets?
You can buy tickets online and either print them out or present the ticket on your smartphone. You can also buy tickets from our ticket booth at our lower terminal at Lambton Quay Station.
Can I use my one-way Cable Car ticket in either direction?
Yes, one-way tickets can be used in either direction between Lambton Quay and Kelburn Station.
If I buy a round trip Cable Car ticket, can I use it for two adults one way?
No, a round trip ticket entitles a passenger to one uphill and one downhill trip on the Cable Car.
How long is my Cable Car ticket valid for?
Cable Car tickets purchased online or at the ticket booth are valid for six months from the date of purchase. Our multi-trips are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Can I pay for my Cable Car tickets with EFTPOS or credit card?
Yes, you can buy your tickets online using your credit card 24/7. You can also use your credit card or EFTPOS to buy tickets from the ticket booth at Lambton Quay Station during operating hours.
We accept Visa, MasterCard and China UnionPay. We do not accept American Express.
Can I get a refund on my Return Ticket?
Please consider your travel plans carefully when purchasing a Return ticket as refunds are not available for activated tickets. Tickets purchased are valid for six months from the date of purchase so you can use it another time.
Can I use my Snapper Card on the Cable Car?
The Wellington Cable Car has simplified the fare policy, relative to your concession and independent of your direction. If your journey begins or ends at the Lambton Quay Station you will be able to pay with your Snapper(+) card.
Can I use a bus pass on the Cable Car?
The Cable Car is a stand alone transport operation and no bus tickets are accepted for travel.
Do you have Senior Fares?
We do not have senior fares. We are part of the passenger transport reimbursement scheme under the New Zealand Government SuperGold Card concession, however this is only applicable to NZ SuperGold Card holders. There is currently no reciprocal arrangement with any other country.
Where can I park my car?
There is no public parking at the lower terminal at Lambton Quay. The nearest parking buildings are at: