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Truby King House and Garden is a 1.9ha heritage-listed estate in Melrose. The estate was once home to Sir Truby and Lady Isabella King - founders of the Plunket Society.
Today, the gardens offer a picturesque slice of history. Sir Truby is widely remembered for his contribution to improving the health of children and the mentally ill but he also had famously green thumbs. The garden of pines, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas was planted in the 1920s by Sir Truby himself and is flourishing to this day. The pathways, brick arches and lookouts add to the garden’s unique appeal.
Address: 21 Manchester Terrace, off Manchester Street, Melrose.
Parking is available on Manchester Street, Rodrigo Road and Sutherland Road. You can also take the no. 23 bus. It is a 10-minute uphill walk from Wellington Zoo.
Find out more at our Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden
Phone 04 499 1400
Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pm
Weekends September - March | 10am - 3pm
Weekends April - August | Closed
(Closed public holidays)
Truby King ParkAll year | Dawn to dusk
Truby King House
Closed to the public (Except for an annual open day)
The gardens of rhododendrons, azaleas, and pines were planted in the 1920s by Sir Truby himself and are still flourishing to this day. Beautiful cherry trees line the drive around the house.
There are lovely picnic spots throughout the garden ranging from tucked away lawns and nooks to windswept vistas.
The pathways, brick arches and lookouts add to the garden’s unique appeal.
Sir Truby and Lady Isabella are buried in a mausoleum in the garden.
The house was designed by architect William Gray Young and built in 1923 - it has New Zealand Historic Places Trust and City Council heritage listings.
(The House is leased to Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and is closed to the public except for the annual open day).
Truby King Park is on the Southern Walkway.
If you are interested in volunteering at Truby King Park, contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre.