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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  • August 16, 2017
    The garden is pretty nice. It has some good views of Wellington. I do recommend that visitors go to the sundial.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 15, 2017
    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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  • September 4, 2017
    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. .
  • August 3, 2017
    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.
  • September 24, 2017
    Nice to visit. Went through here to the space place at night. Was well signposted and lit. Easy paths to navigate with small children
  • August 21, 2017
    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.
  • August 18, 2017
    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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