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The Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.
It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.
• Treehouse Visitor Centre
• Phone: (04) 499 1400
• Fax: (04) 499 1903
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Website: www.wellington.govt.nz
When i lived in Wellington, our street backed on to the gardens, so i walked through most days. So central in the city, a very small walk up or by cable car and you are at the top of the gardens and able to wander down. The gardens are maintained to the highest standard. There is a centre for information, toilets and a duck pond.
Just next to the gardens is the most amazing cemetery with a rich history and its own mass grave to have a look at if you're interested. It should really be a part of the gardens as the walks though are spectacular also.
The gardens are large and there are many paths to wander through. Better signage of where the playground is would be helpful, and in true Wellington style it is on a hill, so pushing a buggy from the car park to the playground is a workout in itself!!
This is a fantastic place to take the family if you're visiting - grab some lunch at the metro New World and eat it up at the gardens - or for locals to enjoy as well. They have lots of concerts and stunning light displays at Christmas - this truly is a place worth visiting - and its free!!
After riding up to the top of the hill on the cable car, and visiting the Cablecar Museum, we decided to walk our way down and go random bus-hopping for a few hours. We had bought a $15 all-day bus-&-train pass so figured we should use it at least once. So, off we went, heading downhill and through some of the most beautiful cultivated bushland in the city.
It was a sunny day, but not too hot, which made the walk very pleasant. The trees overhead sheltered us, so though the walk did get a bit energetic at times, we weren't uncomfortable and the gentle breezes carried the natural scent of grass, trees and water from the streams that wander throughout the landscape.
The kids playground area is wonderful, and even though it was a Friday, was packed to the gunnels with screaming scamps. The only thing missing was a snack/drink stand... a smart council employee would be wise to suggest a viable proposal to the bosses, as this would bring a steady income, it seems to me.
Overall, a wonderful place to visit... and if you enjoy the bushland, why not take the chance to jump on a Karori bus and visit the Wildlife Sanctuary only a few minutes busride away.
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