04 May 2015

Wellington’s Cable Car Heritage

  • The Wellington Cable Car overlooking Kelburn and the harbour.
  • Roy Sharp DistFIPENZ and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown unveil the heritage plaque.

A plaque recognising the heritage importance of Wellington’s iconic Cable Car was unveiled in April 2015 by the capital’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

Speakers at the occasion included Simon Fleisher, Wellington Cable Car Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, who outlined some of the Cable Car’s history, and Roy Sharp DistFIPENZ, IPENZ Wellington Heritage Chapter Chair.

Mr Sharp spoke about IPENZ’s heritage programme, why the Cable Car has been added to our register of New Zealand engineering achievements of outstanding or special heritage significance, and why it is appropriate to recognise its heritage value with a plaque.

Opened in 1902 as a combined cable tramway and funicular, the Cable Car is one of the best-known works of prominent engineer James Fulton. Although it has been extensively modernised, it still uses the original tunnels and formation. Residents and Victoria University of Wellington students use it daily and it is a popular tourist attraction.