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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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