Wellington Cable Car Tours

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Taking a ride on Wellington’s little red cable car is an essential experience.

The cable car has been operating since 1902, providing panoramic views over Wellington on its 5-minute chug up the hill to Kelburn village and the botanic garden.

At the top, visit the Cable Car Museum to learn more about this historic attraction, and get out your camera to snap must-have photos of those harbor views. Nearby, the Carter Observatory explains the mysteries of the southern night sky.

Practical Info

The Wellington cable car runs every 10 minutes from Lambton Quay by the waterfront to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Garden.

If you’d like to walk back to town, it’s an interesting and pleasant 35-minute downhill stroll.

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Address: Lambton Quay, Wellington 6160, New Zealand
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Hours: Open daily, closed Christmas Day
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Admission: AU$5
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Shore Excursion: Wellington Highlights Small-Group Tour

Maximise your time in port in Wellington with a 6-hour shore excursion and take in the highlights of the New Zealand capital. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, take in the views from Mount Victoria, visit the famous Weta Cave, and enjoy free time to explore independently. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$79.98
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Wellington City Sights and Coast Tour

Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 2.5-hour coach tour of Wellington. Your driver-guide points out the highlights, including historic landmarks and iconic buildings such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll stroll through the Wellington Botanic Garden, drive through the suburbs of Seatoun and Oriental Bay, appreciate the vista over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast from Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$41.03
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Get introduced to the cosmopolitan city of Wellington on a small-group sightseeing tour by luxury mini-coach. You’ll travel along the south coast and into the heart the capital, including the suburb of Thorndon, site of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive. Travel by cable car to the summit of Mt Victoria and visit the national Te Papa museum. Choose a half-day itinerary or upgrade for a full day that includes a beach picnic or cafe lunch. Numbers are limited to six people for an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$121.70
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$191.25
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Wellington Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Wellington at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. Follow your guide's directions to attractions all around the capital. Start at the iconic Cable Car, explore the city’s Botanical Gardens, visit the city’s museums and art galleries and take in the harbour from the summit of Mount Victoria.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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US$19.99
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  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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