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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  • 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 »
  • It's a nice space to wander around the gardens and get up to the top of the cable car and have a great view of the city.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens! We were lucky enough to catch tulips in full bloom. Who knew you could see all these outside Holland  the rest of the gardens are stunning too –a great day out for the whole...  more »
  • Beautiful atmosphere. Magnolia camelias Daphne tulips daffodils. Kaka shrieking!
  • What not to love! Kids love the playground too
  • After a Cable Car ride up, what better way down than a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Such a beautifully laid out display of trees, shrubs and flowers with the odd piece of sculpture added. A visit here isn't complete without visiting the Lady Norwood Rose Garden down the bottom.
  • Beautiful garden, especially when the flowers bloom. Very well kept. You can get a lot of information on what to do with your own garden, if you are into that stuff. The rose garden is beautiful!!
  • Beautifully designed. Play are for kids. Cafe inside and outside. Located very close to city central. Convenient to reach even by public transport. Every 10 minutes you find a bus.Ramps for wheelchairs. Lots of parking

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