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Cable Car Museum
Wellington Top 5 in Must-Visit Museums

4.6/5
15 Reviews
Museum
Closed Open from 9:30am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: 1A Upland Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012
Phone: +64-4-753578

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The Wellington Cable Car Museum (Cable Car Museum) is located at the Botanic Garden cable car station on the top of the hill. The museum has a small area and introduces the past and present of the cable car system to the audience and the basic situation of cable car operation. The Wellington Cable Car departs from Lambton Quay Street, with a total length of 612 meters, a crawling 120 meters, and an operating time of five minutes. Board the cable car from the bustling business district to get a bird's eye view of Wellington city and the vast coast. The terminal is the entrance to the top of Wellington Botanic Garden. The cable car museum is free to visit. The museum is on the site of the earliest cable car winch house. The birth and development of the cable car is the need of Wellington's economic and social development. The businessman Martin Kennedy first proposed the idea of building a cable car, which persuaded the UPLAND real estate developer to join the plan to build a new suburb near Wellington, using cable cars to facilitate residents' travel and close contact with the city center. Construction of the cable car system started in 1899, and it ran for the first time on February 22, 1902, with more than 4,000 people riding on the first weekend. In 1904, a trailer was added to the cable car to increase the number of passengers. Electricity replaced steam in 1933 as the driving force for cable cars. After 1978, the cable car adopted a new Swiss-designed operating system until today. The cable car museum displays two decommissioned cable cars. The current cable car body is red. The previous car design is very British and antique. A hoist gear that was originally used for the cable car to drive to a steep slope, showing the earliest operating mode of the cable car.

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  • J4909YAjimc
    J4909YAjimc
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    why walk up a very steep incline when you can ride?

    my first visit was about 1978. it was using cables to haul the car up and down. Now it's all electric. have your camera ready for the trip down.

    Reviewed on /Date(1604410668000+0800)/
  • WellyDiner64
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    Great History

    Great history of the cable car in Wellington. Take time to watch the film as its very informative. Don't forget to go downstairs and see the old winding machine

    Reviewed on /Date(1603830500000+0800)/
  • AussiesBallarat
    AussiesBallarat
    Ballarat
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    Worth a visit when you get to the top.

    There is no charge for entry and it is worth stopping off to visit. Inside there is a photo opportunity with one of the old cars, plus historical displays and a souvenir shop.

    Reviewed on /Date(1593191844000+0800)/
  • KenVicLee
    KenVicLee
    Huntington Beach, California
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    Kinda Small

    You can't miss it. It is at the top of the cable car run up the hill. It was fun to see some of the historical photos but other than that and some souvenir trinkets, there wasn't much to it.

    Reviewed on /Date(1587643996000+0800)/
  • Pam D
    Pam D
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
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    Interesting place

    A small museum at the top of the Cable Car by the Botanic Gardens. Very interesting place, although small.

    Reviewed on /Date(1587352424000+0800)/

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