Frequently Asked Questions

When do you expect cable cars to be running on High Street?

We hope some time in the decade of the 2020s.

How will construction be funded?

A mixture of donations and (we hopefully anticipate) government funding.

Will I be able to park my car in High Street when the Cable Car is running?

Yes. For the most part, there will be easily enough space between where the cable car runs, and the kerb (but no double parking).

Will the Cable Car be an added cost on my rates?

The Dunedin City Council makes decisions on rates.

Will the cable car become a tourist attraction?

We certainly expect so. Indeed, it may come to be patronised as much or more by visitors than by locals. Comparing with San Francisco, most riders on the cable cars in that city are out-of-towners, and the cable car is that city's No. 1 tourist attraction; perhaps the same may happen in Dunedin!

Will the Cable Car 'pay for itself' once it is up and running?

We will aim to make only a modest working profit. But we expect the dividend to Dunedin as a whole will be substantial, bringing in many more visitors, and adding considerably to the local economy, than might otherwise have been the case (see Question above).

What about the Wellington Cable Car?

Of course, Wellington has its wonderful historic cable car service. But this is a funicular system: two cars each permanently attached to the ends of a cable, one counterbalancing the other. The cars move when the cable moves, and stop when it stops. There are a few other funicular cable cars around the world, typically climbing very steep slopes on "private" tracks. The unique aspect of the San Francisco and Dunedin street-running systems is the operation of a continuously moving endless wire rope, running in an under-street channel, which the cars grip, and release, in order to move forward, and to stop. Sometimes this is referred to as the “Hallidie system”, after Californian (and native Scotsman) Andrew Hallidie, the inventor.