Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington

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The Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand covers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington.

The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays. It also features a variety of non-native species, including an extensive Rose Garden. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. In 2004 it was listed as an historic area with Heritage New Zealand.
The Wellington Cable Car runs between Lambton Quay and the top of the Botanic Garden, and it is the most direct way to get from the top part of the garden to Wellington's Central Business District. The winding hill paths of the Garden are a popular spot for Wellington residents. It is used for walking, jogging and taking children to the playground, and tourists enjoy meandering through the Garden's many collections via the downhill path to the city.

The Gardens feature a large Victorian-style glasshouse, the Begonia House, the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Treehouse Visitor Centre. There is a large children's play area, a duck pond, and glowworms visible some nights along paths in the Main Garden – there are monthly tours during autumn–spring (the Garden is otherwise closed at night). Large sculptures and carvings are located throughout the garden. These are by artists such as Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond, Mary-Louise Browne, Regan Gentry, Denis O'Connor and Chris Booth.

The Wellington City Council organises events during spring and summer months, such as free concerts in the Sound Shell.

The Wellington Botanic Garden is home to several organisations, including:

Carter Observatory, the National Observatory of New Zealand

Wellington Cable Car Museum

Meteorological Service of New Zealand
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  • We started out visit from the cable car and walked down to the cafe. It was a most beautiful and well cultivated garden, with different themes that you could choose to discover. Pack a bottle of... 
    We started out visit from the cable car and walked down to the cafe. It was a most beautiful and well cultivated garden, with different themes that you could choose to discover. Pack a bottle of...  more »
  • This garden is one of the most spectacular I have ever visited. Although my wife and I are not always attracted to such gardens, this was recommended by locals. Indeed, you could spend all day... 
    This garden is one of the most spectacular I have ever visited. Although my wife and I are not always attracted to such gardens, this was recommended by locals. Indeed, you could spend all day...  more »
  • Botanical garden can be a good start from the top stop of cable car, walking downhill will be a relaxing trip, end up with a cup of coffee at the Botanical garden. 
    Botanical garden can be a good start from the top stop of cable car, walking downhill will be a relaxing trip, end up with a cup of coffee at the Botanical garden.  more »
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  • Lovely gardens here, never fails to impress no matter how often I go. The variety here and the amount of work that goes into maintaining a garden of this size is astounding. Suggest making the observatory part of your exploration when you go here.
  • I can never get enough of this green space. It has many faces to offer - I especially enjoyed some of the very serene and green foodpaths. There was a tree which looked really out of the world with upward standing branches, just plain breathtaking.
  • Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington Visited on 31/1/2019 Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington Visited on 31/1/2019 After reaching the peak at the Kelbourn Station by Wellington Cable Car, the only way to go is ls down. Our party of 4 is glad that instead of riding the cable car for a return trip, the alternative option is much better, that is, to enjoy a slow walk through the winding paths of the Wellington Botanic Garden. From an elevation of 125 m, or lower down the slope, we can see the breathtaking panaromic views of the city and harbour in the distance. There are shady paths, and open fields. There are big native exotic trees, ferns and colourful displays of flowers. It is just a sensational.
  • I used to work at the Botanic Gardens, I know how far it has come since I was training there. The new areas are great eg, the children's space and vege area near the nursery. The begonia house is still beautiful. The rose gardens looked sad. However, I wonder about staff numbers. The council certainly cut numbers back after I left.
  • Lovely walk from the top of the cable car down through the gardens to the cemetery at the bottom. Also quite a bit of history. Prefer walking from the top down into the CBD rather than the other way round.

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