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Trying again: $2 test rides for dogs on cable car

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Upwardly mobile dogs and downward dogs may become a permanent fixture on the Cable Car if a trial in November is a howling success and doesn’t send us all barking mad.

The trial, which was postponed due to COVID Alert Level requirements in August, will see our canine friends travel on the Capital’s iconic funicular from 1-30 November, where a decision will be made whether to make it a permanent fixture or not.

Cable Car CEO Cesar Piotto says the trial is designed to make the green environment more accessible for the growing number of inner city residents.

“As more people move into the central city, we want them to be able to access the Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā and green spaces in the area to take their four-legged friends out for walks.

“We feel the Cable Car is uniquely positioned to support the community in this area. We have been working with Animal Control Team and the SPCA, and 75% of survey respondents are supportive of the trial too.”

Dogs wanting to participate will need their human companions to purchase them a $2 ticket, which will be donated to the SPCA during the trial.

For health and safety reasons, terms and conditions do apply, including:

  • Dogs must be calm, trained and well socialised with humans and other dogs.
  • A dog that engages in anti-social behaviour such as not responding to commands, scratching, excessive barking, whining, growling, biting, jumping on passengers or staff members, relieving themselves in the Cable Car may be denied entrance.
  • All dogs must be on a leash at all times whilst travelling on the Cable Car, Lambton Quay and Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.
  • Owners will be responsible for cleaning up any mess created by their dogs travelling on the Cable Car or at any terminal or intermediate stations.
  • Dogs will only be allowed to travel during off-peak hours and in designated spaces in the Cable Car.
  • Anyone handling a dog must be over 16-years-old and a limit of one dog per passenger applies.
  • Standard passenger fares apply for accompanying human.

The trial will officially start with a couple of canine cameos on the Cable Car, which media are invited to attend.

Media and photo op:

Date: Monday 1 November

Time: 11am

Where: Kelburn Cable Car upper terminus

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  1. Dave B, 14. October 2021, 14:07

    For the extremely short distance that the Cable Car covers, $2 per adult (and dogs free) would seem more appropriate. The present $5 (one way) is way too much for what is really just a sloping lift. It would be free to use if it was vertical and in a tall building!

  2. JAB, 14. October 2021, 22:15

    How do people who are allergic to dogs (hair etc) cope with this on public transport? Will there be just one area in each car where dogs are allowed? Is there a dog size limit?

  3. Keith Flinders, 15. October 2021, 8:18

    Dave B: If one looks at the top heavy management structure at Wellington Cable Car Ltd. it is obvious why the one way fares on this basic infrastructure are so high.

    It’s past time when this operation became a part time back office function within the WCC, in my opinion.

  4. Kara, 17. October 2021, 14:11

    If the Cable Car operators are open to having dogs on the service, why are they not reinstating the evening service? Or are dogs the new tourists?


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