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The century-old Wellington Cable Car is a great way to get an overview of the city, as it runs from Lambton Quay in downtown Wellington up to Kelburn. It's also a scenic way to reach top attractions, such as the Wellington Botanic Garden and ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. There are five stops along the cable car route. At the top, visitors will be treated to a viewing platform, the free Cable Car Museum and a small cafe.
Some say that although the views are magnificent, the swarms of tourists temper the atmosphere. To that end, others recommend avoiding days and times when the cruise ships come to shore, since the crowds are heavier during these periods.
A round-trip ticket on the Wellington Cable Car costs $7.50 New Zealand dollars (about $5) for adults and NZ$3.50 (roughly $2.50) for kids ages 5 to 15. One-way fares and family passes for two adults and up to four children are also available. If you have a Snapper card, you'll save NZ$0.50 on each one-way trip. The cars run every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more by visiting the Wellington Cable Car's website.
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