Spring Festival

The Spring Festival is based at the Wellington Botanic Garden from September to October each year, set amongst the thousands of colourful tulips and other spring flowers on display.

Tulip display in the Botanic Garden

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The festival features:

  • Dutch culture, family fun and entertainment on Tulip Sunday
  • guided walks and activities at the Botanic Garden, Otari Wilton's Bush, and other venues around the city.

Most of the activities are free.

29 September - 6 October 2013

 

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Spring Festival brochure and vouchers (497KB PDF)

Download the brochure for more details about each event, and vouchers for the Picnic café and Cable Car rides during the festival.

29 September - Tulip Sunday

11am - 3pm, Main Garden and Soundshell

  • Music and dance
  • Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Dutch Ambassador Arie van der Wiel speak at midday.
  • Food for sale

Colour the Cable Car

10am - 3pm

  • Cable Car Museum colouring-in competition

30 September

  • Parliament art tour
  • Let your senses do the walking - family guided walk
  • Who helps whom? Otari guided walk
  • Zappo and the Cable Car

1 October

  • Junior apprentice gardener - Botanic Garden
  • Karori Cemetery tour
  • Spring in the suburbs

2 October

  • Junior apprentice gardener - Otari-Wilton's Bush
  • In the nursery
  • Zappo and the Cable Car
  • Buried history

3 October

  • Junior apprentice gardener - Botanic Garden
  • Big annual buggy walk
  • Reserve Bank Museum guided tour
  • Spring in the suburbs
  • MetService tour

4 October

  • Faster, stronger, higher - family guided walk
  • Reserve Bank Museum guided tour
  • Zoo critters 
  • Parliament’s art and high tea at Bellamy’s
  • MetService tour
  • Glow-worm guided tour

5 October

  • Tape Art in the Treehouse
  • Geographx open day
  • Grow-your-own workshops
  • Tiptoe through the tombstones

6 October

  • Start a sunflower
  • The art of Ikebana
  • Zealandia Bursting with Life tour
  • Spring greens
  • Teardown in the Treehouse

Before and after the festival

14 September

8 - 10 October

  • Junior apprentice gardener - Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton's Bush