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“cute but short” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car
Lambton Quay, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 (0)4 472 2199
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Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #11 of 189 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This is the modern version of the famous Wellington Cable Car, and a unique way of transport through the city.
Tauranga, New Zealand
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“cute but short”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

very cute old cable car, but runs in totsal only about 5 minutes... goes up to botanic gardens and carters conservatory though

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“Up and away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Terrific way to see Wellington and travel to the Botanical Gardens. The morning rush uphill was busy, but after that the were no lines. Cable Car Museum was interesting.

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“UP UP AND ONTOP”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

No visit to Wellington can go without a ride up the cable car...and a view of the city, A trip around the Cable Car museum to see all the stages the cable car has been through in its 100 years of service.

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Augusta, Maine
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“The ride is short but worth it for the views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This cable car ride was shorter than we expected but the views from the top were worthwhile. We enjoyed the little (free) museum at the top about the history of the cable car, and we walked around the Botanic Gardens. Overall it was a nice experience but the construction took away from it somewhat.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Great ride and a chunk of Wellie history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

The Cable Car offers a short ride up the hillside from Lambton Quay and is a great way to enjoy city views. $4 uphill, $3 downhill, but it's a pleasant downhill walk through the botanical gardens, so I suggest you just do the uphill. Sit and enjoy the experience going up as there is a wonderful terrace and viewing platform from the top for all the photos you could ever want of the city, harbour and coastline.

There's also a museum at the top with an old trolley inside (the early cable car), winding machinery and great old photos capturing the history of the cable car. At its peak over 2 million people a year used it! My favourite bit was the filmshow of private cable cars that exist for locals to reach their hillside homes. They tell of some funny and scary moments when their lifts left them stranded - has to be unique!

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