Visit Wellington Botanic Garden and enter a world of exotic forests, indigenous bushland and vibrant floral displays over more than 25 hectares of supreme natural beauty. Classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the city’s most prized natural landmarks.
Wellington Botanic Garden was built in 1868 and boasts some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand. The initial size of the garden was a mere five hectares and the site was covered in large populations of podocarp forests. It wasn’t until 1870 that the garden was enhanced with a further 21 hectares of land.
The reserve that continues to flourish today is a masterpiece of local and international plant species, award-winning gardens, intriguing sculptures and impressive views across Wellington city and harbour. Visitors to the garden should not miss an opportunity to visit the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden, the Sundial of Human Involvement, the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park, Begonia House, or take a ride on the famous Cable Car.
The Wellington Botanic Garden is open to the public year-round and admission is free. Just minutes from downtown Wellington, access to the garden is available from Glenmore Street, Salamanca Road, Upland Road or via the Cable Car. Guided tours of the garden are run every third Sunday and fourth Monday of the month and cost $4. Before venturing into the garden, it’s worthwhile checking the events calendar for upcoming walks, talks and other exciting explorations to partake in.