The trial will run from August 26 to September 26. Photo / Supplied
Dogs will be welcomed into the Wellington Cable Car later this month, with the aim of making Wellington Gardens more accessible to downtown dog owners.
Coinciding with International Dog Day on Thursday, August 26, the trial will run for a month, inviting well-trained dogs onto Wellington’s famous funicular.
The trial will run until September 26, after which a decision will be made as to whether the change will be permanent.
Cable Car chief executive Cesar Piotto said the trial was designed to make the green environment more accessible to a growing number of inner-city Wellingtonians.
“As more people move to the city center, we want them to be able to access Wellington’s ki Paekākā Botanical Garden and the green spaces in the area to take their four-legged friends for a walk.
“We think the cable car is particularly well placed to support the community in this area. We’ve worked with the animal control team and the SPCA, and 75 percent of survey respondents are also in favor of the trial.
Dog owners will need to purchase a $ 2 ticket for their pets which will be returned to the SPCA throughout the trial.
A number of health and safety rules apply, including keeping dogs calm, trained, and well socialized with humans and other dogs.
Wellington City Council has warned that dogs engaging in anti-social behavior such as disobedience, scratching, excessive barking, whining, growling or hopping could be refused entry.
Dogs were also to be kept on a leash at all times, and owners were responsible for cleaning up any mess created by their companions while on the cable car or in any terminal.
All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when traveling on the cable car, Lambton wharf and Wellington ki Paekākā botanical garden.
Dogs could only travel during off-peak hours in designated spaces and should be accompanied by a person over the age of 16.
A limit of one dog per passenger would apply.