Cable Car Museum


The small-but-nifty Cable Car Museum tells the history of the Wellington cable car, arcing back to when it was built in 1902. Take the cable car back down the hill, or ramble down through the Wellington Botanic Gardens (a 30- to 60-minute walk, depending on your state of mind).

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1. Cable Car Lookout

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There's a terrific vantage point at the top of Wellington's cable car tracks. Ride up the hill, ogle the view over the city and Cook Strait, then wander…

2. Space Place

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Inside the Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanic Gardens, this full-dome planetarium offers space-themed multimedia shows and stargazing sessions…

3. Wellington Botanic Gardens

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These hilly, 25-hectare botanic gardens can be effortlessly visited via the Wellington Cable Car (nice bit of planning, eh?), although there are several…

4. Wellington Cable Car

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One of Wellington’s big-ticket attractions is the little red cable car that clanks up the slope from Lambton Quay to Kelburn. At the top are the…

5. St Mary of the Angels

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6. Bolton Street Cemetery

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7. Academy Galleries

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8. Wellington Museum

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