Wellington Botanic Gardens Ki Paekākā

All year round

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.



For more info visit:

Wellington Botanic Gardens


101 Glenmore Street


04 499 1400




Generally, the Botanic Garden is quite hilly, but the following areas are wheelchair friendly. Top of the Cable Car, Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Glenmore Street main entrance Mobility scooters and a wheelchair are available free of charge from the Treehouse Visitor Centre, and may be booked in advance by calling 04 499 1400.


The only public car park in the garden is next to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Parking is limited to 2 hours. Access is through Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street. Parking is also available along Glenmore Street.


The Wellington Cable Car runs from Lambton Quay up to the Kelburn entrance of the garden. Visitors can spend a couple of hours or a whole day exploring the garden.

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