Wellington Botanic Garden

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Wellington Botanic Garden
A path in the Wellington Botanic Garden near the Duck Pond during autumn.
TypeMunicipal botanical garden
LocationWellington, New Zealand
Coordinates41°16′58″S 174°45′58″E / 41.2829°S 174.7660°E / -41.2829; 174.7660Coordinates: 41°16′58″S 174°45′58″E / 41.2829°S 174.7660°E / -41.2829; 174.7660
Area61.77 acres (25.00 ha)
Operated byWellington City Council
StatusOpen all year

The Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington, New Zealand, covers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington.

Treehouse, the Education and Environment Centre of the Garden

The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays. They also feature a variety of non-native species, including an extensive Rose Garden. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

The Wellington Cable Car runs between Lambton Quay and the top of the Botanic Garden, and it is the most direct way to get from the top part of the garden to Wellington's Central Business District.

The winding hill paths of the Garden are a popular spot for Wellington residents. It is used for walking, jogging and taking children to the playground, and tourists enjoy meandering through the Garden's many collections via the downhill path to the city.

The Gardens feature a large Victorian-style glasshouse, the Begonia House, the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Treehouse Visitor Centre. There is a large children's play area, a duck pond, and even glowworms visible some nights along paths in the Main Garden - there are monthly tours during autumn-spring (the Garden is otherwise closed at night).

Large sculptures and carvings are located throughout the garden. These are by artists such as Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond and Chris Booth.

The Wellington City Council organises events during spring and summer months, such as free concerts in the Sound Shell.

The Wellington Botanic Garden is home to several organisations, including:

The lantern in the Peace Garden contains a flame lit from the fires of the Hiroshima bombing, given by Japan in recognition of New Zealand's work against nuclear weapons


The Garden was first established in 1868. It was initially managed by the New Zealand Institute, who planted conifers as part of a programme to import plant species and assess their potential for economic benefit to New Zealand. The Wellington City Council began managing the garden in 1891, developing various parts of the garden such as:

  • Lady Norwood Rose Garden (1950)
  • Begonia House (1960)
  • Treehouse Visitor Centre (1990) in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund


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