Wellington Cable Car: Fun Ride to the Beautiful Botanical Gardens

Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car is one of the most iconic images of the capital city! Aside from the incredible view, the ride will also take you to the beautiful Wellington Botanical Gardens. Here’s everything you need to know about this must-do activity in Wellington New Zealand.

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Wellington Cable Car Ride

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 8pm / Sat-Sun: 8:30am – 7pm
Tickets: One Way $5 NZD / Round Trip $9 NZD

Once you get your tickets you’ll just have to wait for the Wellington Cable Car to appear from the long dark tunnel. If you’re visiting in peak summer try and avoid the afternoon as it tends to be packed with tourists.

Your lift starts from the main shopping street Lambton Quay, and ends at the Kelburn suburb atop the hill. For as old and classic as the Wellington Cable Car looks we were surprised at how smooth the ride is!

Relax as it glides elegantly to the peak through tunnel and residential houses. Some of the darker sections have been illuminated with multi-colored lights which thrilled the younger passengers in our car.

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Wellington Cable Car Tickets

Riding the Wellington Cable Car

Famous Wellington Cable Car Photo

Once you get to the top exit to the right and hurry over around the corner! This is where you’ll get the famous photo you’ve probably seen numerous times. As the red funicular heads back down the hill you’ll be able to snap the perfect picture.

Glancing up from our cameras, it was easy to see why this is the most famous view of the city. For an alternate view, you can check out article on hiking Mount Victoria in Wellington below! 

→ Mount Victoria Lookout: How to Get the Best Views of Wellington

Wellington Cable Car Photo

Wellington Botanical Gardens

You might find it hard to believe, but the Wellington Botanical Gardens were here even before the cable car! First opening in 1868, the beautiful Wellington gardens have always been the heartbeat of the city.

The main attraction here is the over 30,000 tulips which are in full bloom in the summer. There’s also glow worms, a rose garden, and the Carter Observatory to take in on your visit. 

→ 10 Fun Things to do in Wellington On Your First Visit

Botanical Gardens

Wellington Botanical Gardens Art

Winding Walk Back to the City 

It was a beautiful spring day during our trip so we decided to pay for just one way on the Wellington Cable Car. You will feel like you’re coasting down the winding pathways as you take in the beautiful plant life of the capital. If you head towards the city center you will find more gorgeous Wellington gardens to experience.

We couldn’t believe the colors before our eyes, as the unique flowers popped out with palm trees standing tall behind them. As much as we enjoyed riding the Wellington Cable Car up, the walk back was truly the perfect way to end our day!

Botanical Gardens Walk

Where To Stay In Wellington

Ultra Luxury – InterContinental Wellington – The InterContinental brand is known worldwide for its luxury, and Wellington is no different. Modern furnished rooms, indoor heated pool & spa, and located steps from the waterfront downtown.

Fun Vacation – Sofitel Wellington – Right in Wellington CBD with views of the famous botanical gardens. Great place for couples and solo travelers that want to be close to all the Wellington sightseeing attractions.

Budget Travel U Boutique Hotel – Unique hotel right in the heart of Wellington. Gourmet breakfast is available, and walking distance to everywhere. 

Hostel Life – The Marion Hostel – The perfect hostel to visit all the best breweries in Wellington from! Private rooms and dorms, large kitchen, and a helpful staff.

For more places to stay near all the best Wellington sightseeing you can explore the latest prices here!

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Have any questions about this article or want to share your experience at the Wellington Botanical Gardens? Let us know in the comments below!

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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