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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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#1 Museum of New Zealand The Museum of New Zealand – which also goes by its Maori name, Te Papa Tongarewa, translated as "Container of Treasures" – is just that: a beautiful modern building filled with artifacts ... Read more » Courtesy the Museum of New Zealand

#2 Wellington Botanic Garden The Wellington Botanic Garden spans 60-some acres, fanning out north of Wellington's central business district. The gardens are filled with everything from cacti and roses to tulips and magnolias ... Read more » new zealand transition / Getty Images

#3 Oriental Bay Beach Oriental Bay Beach is Wellington's most popular beach, mostly because it's so close to central Wellington and features a pristine promenade. Even if it's too cold or ... Read more » Image courtesy of Wellington Travel Bureau

#4 Mount Victoria Lookout Every great city needs a great lookout – and Mount Victoria, which rises more than 640 feet above sea level, is the place to find that awe-inspiring, panoramic view of Wellington ... Read more » Steve Clancy Photography / Getty Images

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#6 Wellington Cable Car 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 ... Read more » Anna Yu / Getty Images

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The Museum of New Zealand houses some of the country's greatest art and artifacts. Courtesy the Museum of New Zealand

The small but lovely Wellington Botanic Garden teems with flowers, plants and trees, with numerous footpaths winding throughout. new zealand transition / Getty Images

For some beach time, travelers should look no further than Oriental Bay Beach, which is considered one of New Zealand's best. Image courtesy of Wellington Travel Bureau

This is the view that awaits travelers who reach the Mount Victoria Lookout. Steve Clancy Photography / Getty Images

Visitors can commune with native birds at the ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Grant Reaburn / Getty Images

For a scenic overview of Wellington, hop aboard the iconic Wellington Cable Car. Anna Yu / Getty Images

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