Terminal's grand opening next week

ALL THE MOD CONS: Wellington's new Cable Car terminal in the Botanic Gardens.
ALL THE MOD CONS: Wellington's new Cable Car terminal in the Botanic Gardens.

Next week will mark the grand opening of Wellington's $1.9 million Cable Car terminal.

The new arrival and departure point at Kelburn, overlooking the harbour, was designed by Wellington architects Bevin and Slessor.

The city's Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will officially open the building on Thursday which will be welcomed "not only by regular Cable Car users but also by the hundreds of thousands of tourists who ride the Cable Car every year''.

More than 1 million passengers use it each year, and the new terminal means the viewing platform will now be protected from the elements and able to open on windy days.

The upgrade is part of meeting New Zealand Transport Agency requirements and was funded by company revenue.

"The city's ratepayers will be pleased to know they have not been burdened,'' Wellington Cable Car board chairman Roger Drummond said.

The terminal has been operating since late last year and was reportedly received well by the cruise ship passengers that flooded the capital in the New Year.

The Dominion Post