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150 years in the making Wellington Botanic Garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture is a Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.
Get your kids exploring the magic of the Wellington Botanic Garden.
It's a short session (two hours, 10am-12 noon) with our educators, where children and their caregivers enjoy the garden through crafts, games and a nature walk.
It's a full-day, drop-off programme led by our awesome team of garden educators, where children can explore the magic of Wellington Botanic Garden through bushwalks, games and activities.
The Main Garden begins just inside the Founders' Entrance gates on Glenmore Street and includes the duck pond. The Main Garden contains several major plant collections and seasonal beds. It is at its best in spring when there is a blazing mass of 25,000 tulips and in summer. There are several walking tracks - many forming circuits - stemming from the Main Garden.
The Botanic Garden has a vast range of plant species from many different parts of the world. There are also collections that pay tribute to New Zealand's natural heritage.
The Botanic Garden currently has a silver rating from Be. Accessible. Take a look at our Accessibility Report to help plan your journey.Generally, the Botanic Garden is hilly, but the following areas are wheelchair friendly.
You can borrow a courtesy wheelchair from the Begonia House or the Treehouse Visitor Centre on arrival - or to book one in advance, please phone the Treehouse 04 499 1400.Mobility scooters are available free of charge from the Begonia House - to book in advance, please phone the gift shop 04 473 5747.
In 1844, the New Zealand Company set aside a 5.26ha strip of land for a botanic garden reserve. At that time the area was covered in dense podocarp forest including rimu, totara and matai.
The Garden was established in 1868 and managed by the New Zealand Institute. Trees growing today on Druid Hill and Magpie Spur grew from seedlings planted at this time, and are some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand.
In the 1870s the fledgeling garden was boosted with a further 21.85ha of reserve land. Wellington City Council has managed the Botanic Garden since 1891.
The Botanic Garden is minutes away from downtown Wellington and is easily accessed.
There are many entrances to the Garden including from Glenmore Street, Salamanca Road, Upland Road and the Cable Car. The only public vehicle access is through Centennial Entrance on Glenmore Street.
The main entrance to the garden is on Glenmore Street.
All year | Dawn to dusk
All year | 8.30am - 4pmChristmas Day | Closed
Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pmWeekends September - March | 10am - 3pmWeekends April - August | Closed(Closed public holidays)
September - March | 9am - 5pmApril - August | 10am - 3pmGood Friday and Christmas Day | Closed
September - March | 9am - 5pmApril - August | 9am - 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Limited Access (maybe closed for school group)Friday - Monday | 10am - dusk
Find out more at our Treehouse Visitor Centre,Wellington Botanic Garden04 499 1400Treehouse@wcc.govt.nz
There are several self-guided walks - the Downhill walk from the Cable Car to the City, the Waipiro and Pukatea bush walks, Sculpture Trail, Kowhai Walk, and Sensation Walk.
Brochures for the Solander Trail and Sensation Walk (in print and Braille) are available from the Treehouse Visitor Centre. Find directions for the other walks on the Botanic Garden brochure map.
The Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden offer two guided walks per month on the 3rd Sunday and 4th Monday of the month at 11am.
The fenced-off pond, with seating, is in the Main Garden.
The children’s play area is a favourite with generations of Wellingtonians. It is particularly popular with families and school groups. There are double slides, a rocktopus, flying fox and more. There are also picnic tables, toilets and an enclosed play area for small children. Access the play area from the Main gate, Cable Car entrance or Glen Road entrance.
Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku – We are all part of nature.
The Discovery Garden is a fantastic living classroom where curious minds can explore and learn about the natural world. Come and discover the surprising uses of plants - for food, fibre, medicine, and construction.
Public access from 10am: Friday - Monday
Limited access: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday(The Discovery Garden is closed during school or holiday programme sessions.)
There are glow-worms in the Main Garden, from the Duck Pond up to Glen Road alongside Pukatea Stream. They are only visible at night and the best time to spot them is in spring, after rain.
Guided glow-worm tours are available at various times throughout the year.
Begonia House contains tropical and temperate displays, including seasonal displays of orchids, tuberous begonias, cyclamen, ornamentals, and others. The tropical end also features a lily pond containing aquatic plants.
The gift shop is in the Begonia House. It has a wide range of New Zealand gifts and crafts, practical garden products, accessories, books, cards, hand-made jewellery and branded products. Purchases at the shop help grow the garden.
This award-winning garden has 110 formal beds, each representing a different variety of rose. It includes newly released roses and traditional favourites. The design is geometric with colonnades on three sides, creating a striking contrast to the backdrop of bush and sloping lawns.
There are all sorts of fun activities going on in the garden.
Self guided activities at Botanic Garden
Are you ready for adventure?
Our Explorer Backpacks are packed full of activities and equipment- everything you need for an exciting journey through the Botanic Garden. They're free to borrow from the Treehouse Visitor Centre and Botanic Garden Shop during opening hours.
So what are you waiting for? Come and see us and start exploring!
Toyota Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures!
The paved paths are just the beginning at Wellington Botanic Garden. As a Kiwi Guardian discover new paths and hidden surprises.
Download the Wellington Botanic Garden adventure map and check out what you can do.
Note: Steps and uneven paths are part of the activity. For accessible options contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre, phone 04 499 1400 or email email@example.com.
Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down and claim your medal.
Is in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
The Peace Garden's flame comes from the fires created by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The people of Japan presented the flame to New Zealand in recognition of our efforts against nuclear weapons.
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead and you clean up after them.
The closest off lead areas are on Te Ahumairangi Hill and above the Terrace tunnel. View all the off lead areas in Wellington here.
There are many sculptures and carvings in the gardens. Artists featured include Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond and Chris Booth.
There are also several unique fountains and sundials gifted from other countries.
The Space Place has astronomy displays which provide a window into the night sky. There is also a planetarium, shop and audiovisual exhibits.
The Cable Car Lookout offers a 180-degree view of the city and harbour. On clear days, you can see the Rimutaka Range.
Located in the original winding house for the cable car system and set over two floors, the museum houses the winding mechanism operational from 1902 until 1978. It’s also home to two of the original grip cars that operated on the line.
Step back in time see how Wellington’s most iconic transport system has developed.
Is next to the Cable Car Lookout.
Commercial operators (ie. tour provider, photographer) must have written permission to conduct business activities at Wellington Botanic Garden. Contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre to secure permission.
Bringing your class to Wellington Botanic Garden? We need to know! Contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre to book your group's visit. The booking covers health and safety hazards and allows us to manage garden activities, ensuring your group has a great visit.
Planning a group picnic, team building or summer do? If your group is more than 20 people, you must make a booking. This helps to ensure you and the gang have the best experience possible. We don't want you to go to all the effort organising a great event and then have noisy tree work or hedge trimming right next to you. Let us help you have a great time.
Wellington Botanic Garden includes facilities for weddings, meetings, small conferences, corporate functions or concerts.The Botanic Garden is a scenic, popular place for weddings and events. There are many picturesque settings for hire. As it is a public garden, no outdoor areas are hired exclusively.
Small weddings - of around 20-30 guests - can be held almost anywhere in the Garden. Large weddings locations include the Dell and Magpie lawns, Puriri and Linden lawns by the Duck Pond, and on Remembrance Ridge.
The foyer of the Begonia House is available for weddings and cocktail functions from 5pm, after the House has closed to the public. The foyer holds up to 90 people seated at tables (depending on your configuration), and 120 for standing receptions. You must engage a caterer to use this venue and hire furniture & sound system to suit your purposes. The temperature is 16 - 20°C. A catering kitchen is available.
To book Picnic Café, contact them directly by phone 04 472 6002
Magpie Lawn - above the Glenmore Street West entrance and below the Mariri Road entrance - is a spacious summer venue for large functions. There are toilets 400m away in the Main Garden.
Behind the Begonia House - is perfect for large picnics, functions and public performances. Three-phase power and water are available, and there are toilets nearby. Service vehicles are the only vehicles allowed in this area. Amplified music must stop at 10pm.
Marquees are only permitted on The Dell between November and April and require the contracting of a marquee company. The Garden does not provide marquees. More information on Marquees.
The Soundshell - just inside the Main Garden - can hold up to 600 people and has a stage. Toilets are located nearby in the Main Garden.
Puriri and Linden lawns by the Duck Pond, and Remembrance Ridge are great sites for large gatherings. Small picnics - of around 20-30 guests - can be held almost anywhere in the Garden.
The seminar room can be booked for seminars and workshops, but not social events. The seminar room seats up to 35 people in a theatre style seating arrangement or 20 people around tables.
Keep to the paths and lawns. Take your rubbish home. The following activities are prohibited:
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