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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  • Just beyond compare. It is the most beautiful botanic garden I have ever seen. Wear comfortable shoes, there's a lot of walking involved. We spotted some rare birds there also.  more »
  • Having been taken by my Wife to the Gardens,I was very impressed with the whole experience. Well worth the Visit,even if you are not into Gardens.  more »
  • What a treasure! Such variety, and many lovely spots for children and adults to play and learn and enjoy a mostly-shady walk amid nature. Lovely cafe under a pergola in the rose garden. Just delightfu...  more »
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  • I love the gardens. Haven't been to any like this before. In between the hills you need good walking shoes as there's a lot of up and down tracks. Can spend ages walking round all the different ways. . Perfectly located next to the Wellington tram 🚋 car. No need to o walk up or drive up. And a great cafe right next door. Amazing views from the lookout in the gardens as well. .
  • Lovely garden to stroll through on a sunny day. The bird sounds all around takes you away from the city. Did visit it in the middle of winter so possibly not at its best but still left an impression. Definitely walk through the fragrant garden, lovely attack on your senses.
  • Nice to visit. Went through here to the space place at night. Was well signposted and lit. Easy paths to navigate with small children
  • The only reason for a 4 star is it started to rain but would get a 5 star in the summer as there is so much to see and lovely to sit and watch the world go around. It has a range of entertainment, play areas and spots to sit with a blanket and book surrounded by beautiful settings.
  • Beautiful flower arrangements in spring/summer. They also have a music festival in January that is great free entertainment. The Rose Garden is a must!

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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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