Cable Car Museum

The Cable Car Museum brings the story of Wellington’s iconic cable cars to life. Located within the original Winding House, it is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery which was used from 1902 to 1978.


Step back in time see how Wellington’s most iconic transport system has developed:
‘Grip Car No. 3’ was used in the early 1900s. It’s unique because the grip man’s cabin with the main controls and brakes is located right in the middle. Despite this seemingly awkward configuration, it’s an elegant piece of machinery. Beautifully restored, it evokes an earlier time of technological progress and late Victorian innovation.
Past the grip car you’ll enter the winding machine room, which was fully operational from 1930 to 1978. This was the nerve centre of the cable car system, and here you’ll see the machinery once used to haul the cable cars up the hill to the summit.

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Physical address

Cable Car Museum, 1A Upland Road, Kelburn, Kelburn, Wellington Central, Wellington, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
9:30am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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