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21 Feb 2014
More than 1 million passengers a year are expected to pass through - and enjoy - the new terminus at the top of Wellington’s famous and iconic Cable Car.
Funded by Wellington Cable Car Ltd (WCCL), the new terminus provides an elegant and attractive new arrival and departure point at Kelburn and includes a viewing platform that overlooks Wellington harbour.
The new terminus platform also shelters visitors from the elements on Wellington's windier days.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who will officially open the $1.9 million building on 27 February, says the new terminal is a welcoming building that will be appreciated and enjoyed not only by regular Cable Car users but also by the hundreds of thousands of tourists who ride the Cable Car every year.
"The Cable Car is a well-loved destination for tourists and helps provide some of the best shots of the city."
“The Cable Car is a well-loved destination for tourists and helps provide some of the best shots of the city,” she says.
“Because the new building replaces an open shelter dating back from the late 1970s, it will be well received by local residents and tourists alike as it is a far more attractive proposition in the wind and winter months.”
WCCL Chief Executive Simon Fleisher says the terminal has been operating since just before Christmas – and has already proved popular with residents and thousands of cruise passengers that have visited during the current cruise ship season.
“Initial feedback has been really positive, and the view over the CBD, harbour and Rimutaka Range in the distance from the viewing deck is spectacular.
“The terminal is now a really attractive and appealing gateway to the Botanic Garden, the Cable Car Museum, the Carter Observatory and to points beyond, including Zealandia,” he says.
Chief Executive, WCCL,
Tel (04) 473 2721 or (021) 068 7942
Office of the Mayor,
Tel (04) 801 3119