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Wellington Botanic Garden

Discover 25 hectares of horticultural heaven, brimming with native plants, fragrant flowers and rare trees.

Stretching across 25 hectares on the side of a hill, the Wellington Botanic Garden is home to hundreds of different plant species. Inhale the scent of the roses and exotic herbs and marvel at the beautiful begonias, camellias and dozens of species of conifer. Nestling among all this natural beauty, you’ll find fountains, sculptures and carvings and even a duck pond.

Pass through the Founders' Entrance Gates and head for the Main Garden, where you’ll find the duck pond surrounded by elegant seasonal floral displays. If you’re visiting in the spring, don’t miss the awe-inspiring sight of 25,000 tulips in bloom.

In the Native Forest, one of the oldest reserves of indigenous flora in the region, there are trees which date back further than the time of the first European settlers. Look out for the gnarled hinau, which, at more than two centuries old, is the garden's oldest tree.

Amble through the three rock gardens then emerge at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, and feast your eyes on the 3,000 roses growing there and enjoy the beautiful scent that surrounds you as you walk. There are also plenty of walking trails to enjoy. Head to the Treehouse Visitor Centre and pick up a brochure (available in print and braille), which will guide you along the Solander Trail and the Sensation Walk.

Hang around for a while at dusk and you may be treated to a display around the duck pond by the resident glow worms, particularly if it’s been raining. There are guided tours which will tell you more about these fascinating little creatures – check online for tour times and more information. If you have children with you, there’s a play area where they can enjoy the slides and swings and a special area for very small children.

Wellington Botanic Garden opens daily from dawn until dusk, and is a short drive from the heart of town – parking is available and is free for two hours. You can also take the cable car from Lambton Quay that arrives every 10 minutes at the top of the garden, or come by bus, which has two routes serving the attraction.


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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor AU$128
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

    Rydges Wellington AU$139
    Rydges Wellington

    Rydges Wellington

    75 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Oaks Wellington Hotel AU$125
      Oaks Wellington Hotel

      Oaks Wellington Hotel

      89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Novotel Wellington AU$110
        Novotel Wellington

        Novotel Wellington

        133 The Terrace, Wellington
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Wellington Waterfront and TSB Bank Arena are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          ibis Wellington AU$88
          ibis Wellington

          ibis Wellington

          153 Featherston St, Wellington
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Travelodge Hotel Wellington AU$101
            Travelodge Hotel Wellington

            Travelodge Hotel Wellington

            2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). TSB Bank Arena and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              QT Wellington AU$148
              QT Wellington

              QT Wellington

              90 Cable Street, Wellington
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                InterContinental Wellington AU$191
                InterContinental Wellington

                InterContinental Wellington

                2 Grey Street, Wellington
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.