Wellington Botanic Garden

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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.

Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand
Wellington Botanic 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.

Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand

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.

Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand
Wellington Botanic Garden

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).

Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.

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