Wellington Botanic Garden - Wellington
The Botanic Garden is Free to enter, and is accessible either by cable car from Lambton Quay, or on foot from Glenmore Street, Salamanca Road and Upland Road.
25 hectares of beautiful gardens, forest, plants, and interesting sculptures. Easy access via the cable car and offering some of the city's most spectacular views.
Wellington Botanic Garden is undoubtedly one of the capital's natural highlights. Established in 1868, the park manages to combine perfectly manicured gardens, a Begonia House and a Victorian glasshouse, with native forest and peaceful ponds and a network of paths popular with both visitors and residents.
This is where you'll also find the Carter Observatory, the HQ of the New Zealand branch of the World Wide Fund For Nature and the Wellington Cable Car Museum. The Lady Norwood Rose Garden is simply stunning in springtime, as is the Main Garden, when 25,000 tulips annually explode into life, and children will love the duck pond and playgrounds.
At night time, see how many glow worms you can spot, as you stroll the paths down to Lambton Quay. Sculptures by Henry Moore and Chris Booth are popular attractions for art buffs, and the Treehouse Visitor Centre provides information on current exhibits and attractions, as well as a fascinating history of the Botanic Garden itself.
Other highlights include the Peace Garden, Joy Fountain, Innovation Garden, and the unique Sensation Braille Trail, one of the few guided walks specially-designed for visually impaired visitors.
There are plenty of picnicking areas for visitors to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, as well as performance and exhibition spaces, a gift shop, restrooms, and private function facilities ideal for weddings and special occasions.
The park is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Treehouse Visitor Centre: Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm