Sprawling over 25 hectares of protected forest, conifers, native bush, plant collections, and seasonal displays on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, the Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the city's top attractions

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Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington

Sprawling over 25 hectares of protected forest, conifers, native bush, plant collections, and seasonal displays on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, the Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the city's top attractions.

Sprawling over 25 hectares of protected forest, conifers, native bush, plant collections, and seasonal displays on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, the Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the city's top attractions. The easiest way to get here is to take the Wellington Cable Car which runs from Lambton Quay. Admission is free.

Explore the gardens to see the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Magpie Lawn, James Hector Pinetum, Australian Garden, Threatened Species Garden, Hydrangeas, Succulent Garden, Rock Garden, Puriri Lawn, Herb Garden, Camellia Valley, Vireya Rhododendrons, Peace Garden with a lantern containing a flame lit from the fires of the Hiroshima bombing, and seasonal flower beds. The Begonia House is a large Victorian-style glasshouse with tropical and temperate species. The Bolton Street Cemetery also has a remarkable rose collection, and the adjacent chapel displays burial information. There is also a play area and duck pond for children. Sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond, Dennis O'Connor, and Chris Booth are scattered throughout the grounds. The Remembrance Ridge is a pathway dedicated to World War I veterans.

The garden is also home to the Carter Observatory, Dominion Observatory, Cable Car Museum, and Meteorological Service of New Zealand. The Botanic Garden has 3 sundials – the analemmatic Sundial of Human Involvement near Carter Observatory, the armillary sphere of the Centennial Sundial, and the basic horizontal sundial in the herb garden. The Krupp Gun near Dominion Observatory was a World War I trophy captured by Kiwi soldiers from the Germans.

The Sound Shell hosts free summer concerts and other events. The Treehouse Visitor Centre offers further information about the botanic garden.


Hours

Sun

5:00

22:30

Mon

5:00

22:30

Tue

5:00

22:30

Wed

5:00

22:30

Thu

5:00

22:30

Fri

5:00

22:30

Sat

5:00

22:30

About Wellington Botanic Garden

 101 Glenmore St, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

 +64 4-499 1400

 wellington.govt.nz

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