Lovers of spacious, hillside botanic gardens, or just lovers of a beautiful park-like setting overlooking the city of Wellington, will enjoy a day spent at the Wellington Botanic Gardens and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. A delight for gardeners of all ages, the Wellington Botanic Gardens showcase a huge range of species from around the world, as well as those that reflect New Zealand’s nature landscapes.
Arrival at the Gardens is an event in itself! Pick up the Wellington Cable Car from Cable Car Lane, jut off Lambton Quay. The cable car leaves every 10 minutes to take you directly to the top of the Botanic Garden. You can then take the downhill walk back to the city.
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 the extensive Lady Norwood Rose Garden. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.
In the center of the Wellington Botanic Gardens is the exquisite Lady Norwood Rose Garden, with more than 100 formal beds featuring over 3000 different roses. The smell is intoxicating! The flowering season starts in November and continues until the end of April.
The Garden was established in 1868 and managed by the New Zealand Institute. Trees growing today on Druid Hill and Magpie Spur grew from seedlings planted at this time, and are some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand. Entry to the magnificent Wellington Botanic Gardens is free and is open daily from dawn to dusk.