Wellington has one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in New Zealand.
The award winning gardens are just a short ride on the bus from the central business district, or you can take the cable car from Lambton Quay which is quicker.
Besides the rose garden and the seasonal displays, there are many different areas to see. The tulip garden in the summer, a succulent area, a begonia garden, a fern garden, native and exotic forests, interesting garden sculptures as well as an orchid garden which are all immaculately maintained. I wish my gardens looked so pretty!
The Wellington Botanical Gardens also have guided tours available.
Amongst the pretty gardens there is a café, a big children’s playground, a rock garden, glow worms, a fairy village and discovery center to keep the little ones amused. A fun activity is to go and feed the ducks at the duck pond…just make sure you take some bread!
If you would rather pack a picnic than visit the cafe, there are a number of great picnic spots.
If you follow the path to the top of the gardens, you will find Carter’s Observatory Planetarium which is right next to the Cable Car . Make sure you go and check out the amazing views of Wellington while you are there. It will make a great photo opportunity!
In addidtion to the cafe, there is gift shop is located in the Treehouse Visitor Centre. You can find a range of New Zealand gifts, garden products, books, cards, jewellery and other interesting products. All money goes towards keeping the Botanical Gardens growing!
Overall, visiting the garden is a great day for all!
Further Information on the Botanical Gardens –
Admission is free. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!
For information on how to get to the Botanical Gardens, follow this link https://wellingtongardens.nz/our-gardens/wellington-botanic-garden/#find-us