Once a common sight on Wellington's streets the trams are alive and running in Wellington Tramway Museum in Paekakariki. ... More
Wellington Tramway Museum
Once a common sight on Wellington's streets the trams are alive and running in Wellington Tramway Museum in Paekakariki. Re-live the era where trams ruled the roads (wary were the pedestrians back then) and ride over two kilometers of restored track, down to the beach and back. View the photographic display of the bygone tram era (that includes photographs of the old Wellington cable car). For a day's outing, you can picnic in the park grounds.
A small band of volunteers salvaged a number of Wellington trams when the system closed and have worked ever since to establish this museum at McKay's Crossing, Queen Elizabeth Park, between Paekakariki and Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast. It has a small shop, large barn and display area, and a couple of miles of working tramway. Open at weekends and public holidays - but for visiting enthusiasts you can ask before you come for a chance to look at other times. The track runs down through rolling sandhills to a picnic and beach area - a far cry from the days when these trams ran through the crowded streets of Wellington. Train and tram enthusiasts can make a day of it - there is a station museum and a rail museum at Paekakariki as well. You need a car to reach the Tram Museum (or a taxi back from Paraparaumu railway station).
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