Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington

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The Wellington Botanic Garden, 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. They also feature 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.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 even 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 and Chris Booth.
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  • The garden is pretty nice. It has some good views of Wellington. I do recommend that visitors go to the sundial.  more »
  • Such a nice place to take a walk. Great playground & a duck feeding pond for the little ones & the cafe is really nice in warmer weather particularly when you can sit outside. Inside can get a bit cro...  more »
  • One of the most boring gardens ever visited. Nothing much to see. Unless you are very interested in plants, a nice stroll is all you can enjoy  more »
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  • Amazing set of gardens right in the middle of Wellington. Nice little playground for the kids as well. Can't beat it in a nice day. The view at the top is amazing.
  • Fantastic botanic garden - great place to walk around, relax and chill. Very hilly, but this makes it more interesting. Lots of places to sit down and relax. Dozens of trails crisscrossing the gardens and several great sculptures throughout the park.
  • Great place to spend a hour or two just walking or jogging around on the paved trail through the 25 hectare (62 acre) garden featuring native forest and seasonal displays. The garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. A added bonus is that you can ride the Wellington Cable Car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Garden, and walk down hill through the garden.
  • Another must visit when in Wellington. Thake the cable car up for a good view. Very relaxing. Child friendly, nice play park for kids. Very tranquil. Short and long walks available.
  • A lovely place to explore on its hillside setting. Take the famous Wellington Cable Car to the top and walk down through the gardens to take in the experience. The cafe by the rose garden is also a place to enjoy with its tasty treats.

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