Wellington Cable Car turns 119 since first opening in 1902

Wellington Cable Car turns 119 since first opening in 1902

Last updated:

Learn our story about how we are independent and what is needed to keep thisquality operating. You might be able to donate to us so we can inform and share what matters faster.

Learn Morearrow

The iconic Wellington Cable Car will be turning 119 years old this month. Everyone was welcomed to join in on celebrations.

The Cable Car first opened to the public in 1902, following construction that began in 1899.

Demand for transport in the area had grown following a growing population. It has survived two world wars, plagues and pestilence.


Mayor Andy Foster said that the Cable Car served ‘many’ purposes over the years, that it has stood as a test of time.

“The Cable Car has been a trusty, sustainable and reliable transport option for over a century, moving millions of commuters, students and tourists from the city to Kelburn and back again,” he said.

“Nearly every Wellingtonian will have fond memories of their experiences on this iconic ride, and it’s always top of the list for visitors to the city.”

From February 20-22 family pass holders can purchase a model of the Cable Car for just $10 which usually costs $29.90.


Have time to spare? If you liked this publication, please learn our story to support thisquality. Fund trustworthy news coming from official Government newswires and local voices inside communities.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments