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Type of Cable Car

Why is it called a Cable Car?

The term "cable car" was really a misnomer, as the tramway was technically a funicular worked on the counterbalance principle. But the trams retained and used the true cable tram grippers and brakes, hence the term "cable car" was used and have retained its name since it first opened in 1902.

What type of Cable Car is it?
Wellington Cable Car

The Cable Car is a funicular railway rising 120 metres over a length of 612 metres with the ride taking only five minutes. The line rises at a constant grade of 1 in 5 (20%), through three tunnels and over three bridges. It looks similar to the Hong Kong Peak Tram. Many visitors ride the Cable Car but it’s use is not simply confined to tourist, as many Kelburn residents and University students travel on the cars on a daily basis. 
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The Cable car is NOT:

  • an aerial cable car (Table Mountain, SA)
  • a gondola
  • over-hanging


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

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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. The Cable Car is just a 10-15 minute walk from the North Lambton Quay shuttle stop (outside Old Government Buildings) and the Wakefield Street shuttle stop (i-SITE Centre). View map

There will also be Wellington volunteers (they will be wearing yellow jackets) stationed 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 10 minutes and 15 to 20 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 info@wellingtoncablecar.co.nz 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 the Wellington Cable Car?
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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, Alipay and WeChat Pay. 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:

  • Queens Wharf
  • The Terrace for Lambton Quay
  • The Skyline at 1 Upland Road, Kelburn (top of the Cable Car)

Can I take on a pram/mobility scooter/wheelchair on the Cable Car?
Yes, the Cable Car’s entrant/exit area have a wide gate suitable for standard prams/mobility scooter/wheelchairs. There are ramps installed at the upper boarding platforms at all stations for easy access.  Users should access the cable cars via the upper doors. 

The Cable Car have one mobility scooter available for hire from the ticket booth at Lambton Quay to assist your visit free of charge. Advanced booking is advised, please call us on +64 4 472 2199.

Those travelling to Talavera Station should only use car 2.

Can I bring my dog on the Cable Car?
With the exception of disability assist dogs, dogs are not allowed to travel in the Cable Car due to health and safety reasons.

Can I take my bike?
With the permission of the cable car driver or a member of staff, passengers can carry their bike onboard the cable car. It must be held and controlled throughout the journey. 

Please note that we are unable to carry bicycles when the Cable Car is busy, for example, when a cruise ship is at port particularly between 9am-3pm. There is a maximum of two bikes per car.

Got a question for us? Visit our Contact Us page,  post on our Facebook wall, email us on info@wellingtoncablecar.co.nz or give us a call on +64 4 472 2199.

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Cable Car Lane
280 Lambton Quay