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"Plunge into the History in the Cable Car Museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Wellington Cable Car Tip by Kakapo2

Wellington Cable Car, Wellington: 21 reviews and 39 photos

  Today, sitting outside is not possible anymore.
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  • Today, sitting outside is not possible anymore. - Wellington
      Today, sitting outside is not possible anymore.
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  • Another historic waggon from the early 1900s. - Wellington
      Another historic waggon from the early 1900s.
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  • The old winding machinery. - Wellington
      The old winding machinery.
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The most interesting thing to me in this museum were not the displays of two old cable cars or the winding machinery (see: photo 3) but a film about the modern use of cable cars.

Many people in this city of steep hills have private cable cars. They get them built on their properties when the going gets tough, or because it is nearly impossible to carry heavy groceries up the steep stairs, or because the pet dog gets old, sick or lazy.

They show fascinating examples of totally different cable cars, the people telling their stories and allowing an insight into their properties and technical wonders, not sparing reports about accidents and mishaps with those outdoor lifts that can make life so much easier.

Of course, also the two old waggons (photos 1 and 2) in the two-storey display areas are great, especially the one with the seats outside the wagon. They are both from the early 1900’s.

This popular museum is located in the historic Winding House at the Kelburn terminus of the Cable Car. As you always get to the top of the hill, have a little tour in the museum before you start your walk in the Botanic Garden.

Open daily (except Christmas Day) 9.30am – 5.30pm (from Labour Weekend until Easter, otherwise only until 5pm).

Admission free.

Address: 1 Upland Road, Kelburn
Directions: Take the Cable Car up to the museum, from Cable Car Lane, off Lambton Quay in the Central Business District.
Phone: (04) 475 3578

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2008
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