About The Location

The Kowhai Skyline Event Centre is located at the top of the famous Wellington Cable Car ride at 1 Upland Road in Kelburn.

The history of the building dates back to 1904 when the first impressive Edwardian structure (pictured below) was erected to house a tea room for visitors on the Cable Car.

Tragically, in 1982, lightning struck the building and it burnt down.

Two years later the award winning Athfield Architects designed and built the new tea rooms on the same site.

Today you can take the same ride on the Cable Car to the Café at the top that thousands of others have done for over a century. Come and be part of history, visit Kowhai Café for the view from the top.


Kowhai Cafe
Kowhai’s Skyline Café & Events
Top of the Cable Car
1 Upland Road, Kelburn
04 475 9006
Winter Hours 9am - 4pm / 7 days a week
[email protected]
© Kowhai Cafe 2018.