From ancient forests to colourful flower beds, the Wellington Botanic Garden is a delightful experience, completed by great views of the city and harbour.
At the top of the Wellington Cable Car, and just minutes from the central business district, lies 25 hectares (64 acres) of beauty, peace and tranquillity. Established in 1844, the Wellington Botanic Garden is home to some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand.
Today, the native and exotic forests are complemented by a duck pond, a begonia house and cafe, colourful floral displays, a herb garden, an Australian garden and the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
Several large garden sculptures, the Sun Dial of Human Involvement and stunning views across the city and harbour add to the natural attractions of the Wellington Botanic Garden. A strong sense of pioneering days can be found in the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park section, with its heritage roses and grave stones of the city's pioneers. In the evening, glow worms can be seen along the banks of the moist and shady areas.
Wellington Botanic Garden is open daily, from sunrise to sunset. Tours are available by prior request.