Wellington Cable Car#6 in Best Things To Do in Wellington
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 and art by predominantly New Zealand artists that piece together both the natural and anthropological history of the country. Of special note are the museum's collections of 20th-century New Zealand paintings and its early New Zealand photography. But its historic collections, including textiles that date back to the 18th century, its Maori tribal carvings and its taxonomic preservation of New Zealand's flora and fauna, are also must-sees.
Many recent visitors said the museum offers something for everyone, whether young or old, local or tourist. The museum restaurants, restrooms and souvenir shops earn high praise as well.
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