The Wellington Cable Car is one of the city’s oldest and most recognisable tourist attractions. It first opened in February 1902 and was originally built to service the housing developments on the steep hill behind the city, a function it still does today.
The tram runs from Lambton Quay, right in the centre of the Central Business district. The 5 minute journey takes you to the top entrance of Wellinton’s Botanical Gardens and a spectacular view over the city and its harbour. In addition to the observation area the tram gives access to the Cable Car museum and the newly reopened Carter Observatory.
The Cable Car has two level areas to accommodate wheelchair passengers. Both are located between the sets of entrance doors. At the lower platform ramps give access to either door. Passengers intending to go to the top and visit the observation area, Cable Car Museum or the Carter observatory should use the upper door of the Cable car which is accessed via the ramp to the right. This door gives level egress to the observation area to the right of the tram.