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Hands-on opportunity to sample some old time magic on a vintage tram-car service running through Queen Elizabeth Park, along a 1.8km tram line, down to Whareroa Beach.
The Wellington Tramway Museum is a non-profit incorporated society and registered charity devoted to preserving and operating examples of Wellington City's trams which last operated in the city in 1964.
This historic attraction comprises a two kilometre long electric tramway. Trams travel on the tramway across Queen Elizabeth Park to the coast, from a point just inside the park gates where the Museum itself is located.
In addition to the tramway we have a fascinating museum of tramway artefacts which is open to the public, including an exhibition highlighting the enormous impact the advent of the electric tram at the beginning of the 20th century had on the development of city suburbs.
The tramway museum runs a kiosk selling ice creams, confectionary etc. as well as tramway souvenirs.
The tramway and museum are surrounded by Queen Elizabeth Park's other attractions which include walking & cycling tracks, picnicing facilities, horse rides, the beach and wildlife.
Over the past 50 years, members of the society, working on a volunteer basis, have constructed the Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway and its associated museum of tramway artefacts. Nine Wellington trams are owned, the majority purchased from Wellington City Council in 1964, and these are progressively being restored to operating condition.