Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
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.
Make Wellington Botanic Garden a part of your Wellington vacation plans using our Wellington itinerary planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • I go here often for walks. There are so many different tracks through a variety of landscapes. Playgrounds, ponds, the rose garden and greenhouse, the herb garden, the top of the cable car lookout, th...  read more »
  • Wondered off after Cable car ride, Tui's chasing each other in the kowhai trees loud funny birds. Amazing views over Wellington, then the gardens such hidden gems abound. Seems up-grade going on in va...  read more »
  • The Botanic Gardens are absolutely amazing! You could easily spend a day wandering along all of the paths and looking at all of the different gardens. The Cable Car is a great way to get to the top of...  read more »
  • It certainly wouldn't be Wellington as we know it without its wonderful botanic gardens. The views from the top by the cable car, the playground, the observatory, and all the hidden paths to explore and places to sit and relax. A wonderful area, with many, many wonderful places.
  • An amazing and diverse place. Plenty of trees and flowers, plenty of events, plenty of peace and quiet. Sound shell is a great place to picnic. Only downside is parking is pretty limited.
  • Love the botanic gardens. A great way to see the city. Cable car to the top. Take in the view and then walk through the gardens to the coffer so in the rose garden.
  • Beautiful gardens. Great kids playground. There's a 'tree house' with heaps of information on the gardens, their history&the various flora and fauna. There are sculptures around the parks, a herb garden, rose garden with cafe and hot house. Some of the walkways are quite steep&others gravel so not totally wheelchair accessible.
  • Great views. Lovely grounds. We visited in winter so not too much to see but can easily imagine what it would be like in spring/summer.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 30​m