Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington

(4.7/5 based on 2,600+ 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.
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  • Spent an afternoon wandering the gardens finding it hard to believe this exists in the middle of a city. nature at its best. Had a lovely afternoon tea near the rose gardens. Glad we spent the time to...  more »
  • This is a great place for a simple walk or picnic, but only if it is a nice day! The botanic gardens was beautiful when I visited on a sunny day, but I can imagine it may not be so great were it rainy...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this garden was. Easily accessible at the end of the cable car ride, the walk to the city is well-marked and takes only around 35 minutes. There are also ma...  more »
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  • I love the gardens. I love the walkways. I love the roses. It's so peaceful and relaxing. The cafe is worth a visit too. Good food. Good staff.
  • If you are really a fanatic for plants, this place is for you--or if you're a runner or walker and want to have a wonderful and challenging hilly workout. You can take the cable car up to the gardens. The cable car station can be found on Lambton Street between Grey and and Panama Street. Once you make it to the top, follow the signs to the Botanic Garden. There will be other various signs along the paths to direct you. Further into the gardens, there is a place where you can relax and visit the loo. Welly House, I believe it is called. There, you can catch up on social media or orient yourself with their free wifi.
  • Always changing, plenty to do and see at all times of the year, great date place, walk about, friendly to all ages... Feed ducks, Cafe in the rose gardens, Glow worms at night too, in summer often it is often luminated. Its a great time killer if your bored and it's a nice day, spend hours or even a quick half hour.
  • It's a beautiful spot in the city. I've been a few times and it's never been overly crowded, because I think it's big enough to contain a sizable crowd. The place is in the hills, so there's quite a bit of up and down throughout the park. My favorite part is the duck pond at the bottom towards the entrance. It's very peaceful and beautiful and there are manicured shrubs and many beautiful flowers.
  • Another beautiful park in the middle of Wellington. Hike down a path a little way and you'll forget you are in the city. All areas we saw were well cared for. Paths were well marked, and there was a great playground which our niece loved.