A delightful experience, completed by great views of the city and harbour.
Bruce Manu, of Te Atiawa, carved the two waharoa to Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush from totara. The waharoa at the main entrance depicts unity and partnership and welcomes visitors to the reserve. The waharoa at the southern end of the Canopy Walkway depicts Tane Mahuta and the forest’s guardians. Stop to admire these beautiful works of art when you begin your walk.
The native and exotic forests are complemented by a duck pond, a begonia house and cafe, colourful floral displays, a herb garden, an Australian garden and the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Several large garden sculptures, the Sun Dial of Human Involvement and stunning views across the city and harbour add to the natural attractions of the Wellington Botanic Garden. The gardens are home to a dazzling array of plants and animals! They are fantastic habitats for a diverse array of endemic, native and introduced birds – Wellington is one of the few cities in the world where native biodiversity is increasing. Pick up a birdwatchers guide at the visitors centre, or download it before you go. What about a private tour or participating in an event like the Spring Festival. Gorgeous. All year round. Dawn to Dusk.