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It’s time to shake off the winter blues and celebrate the arrival of kōanga (spring)!
The annual Te Wā o te Kōanga - Spring Festival at Wellington Gardens is the perfect way to get amongst the tulips and kōanga flowers, to celebrate the season of new beginnings where fresh buds bloom and life starts anew.
This year, the festival will run for the whole month of September. Join us for a series of springtime events where we enjoy a new season with friends, whānau, and visitors.
What's going on?
Te Whare Ako o Akoranga - Rangi Tūwhera Akoranga Learning Pavilion - Open DayĀhea | When: Saturday 3 Sept, 10am – 2pmKi hea | Where: Botanic Garden ki PaekākāTe utu | Cost FreeDrop into the Akoranga Learning Pavilion to see honeybees close-up in our Apiscope (viewing hive), meet beekeepers, taste honey, and more.
Kaiwhakaata ĀmiomioRoaming PerformersĀhea | When: Saturday 10 Sept, 10am-2pmKi hea | Where: Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush & Botanic Garden ki PaekākāTe utu | Cost FreeKeep an eye out for pop up performers around Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush and Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.
Rā Tūwhera ki Ōtari Ōtari Open DayĀhea | When: Saturday 17 Sept, 10am-2pmKi hea | Where: Ōtari-Wilton’s BushTe utu | Cost FreeDiscover and celebrate New Zealand’s only native botanic garden.Get to know our unique collections of native plants, learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of our nursery and get a peek into the Lions Ōtari Conservation Laboratory. There will be guided tours, informational talks and hands-on activities to get amongst.
CANCELLED - Tulip SundayĀhea | When: Sunday 25 Sept, 10am-2pmKi hea | Where: Botanic Garden ki PaekākāTe utu | Cost FreeJoin the Wellington Dutch Club and Netherlands Embassy to welcome in spring through a day of culture, food and fun. Bring the whole whānau and enjoy a day out amongst the tulips on the Soundshell lawn and around the seasonal flower beds.