Children doing gardening.

Future attraction: Children’s Garden

Our world-class, hands-on Children’s Garden will be a place where children can learn about plants and how important they are to our lives.

Help children explore, discover and connect with plants - and in future to lead the way in protecting our environment.


WW100 commemorative poppy field

The poppy field on Remembrance Ridge represents the WWI western front battlefields of Belgium and Northern France. After the soil disturbance caused by the extensive fighting, the battlefields bloomed with red corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas). This poppy is a European wildflower that colonises disturbed and waste land. The seeds can lie dormant in the soil for over 80 years before germinating. The blue cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) represent the French floral symbol of the 1918 armistice.

Main Garden

The Main Garden contains several major plant collections and seasonal beds. It is at its best in spring when there is a blazing mass of 25,000 tulips, and in summer.

The Main Garden begins just inside the Founders' Entrance gates on Glenmore Street and includes the duck pond. There are several walking tracks - many forming circuits - stemming from the Main Garden.

Begonia House

Begonia House contains tropical and temperate displays, including seasonal displays of orchids, tuberous begonias, cyclamen, ornamentals, and others. The tropical end also features a lily pond containing aquatic plants and a giant water lily.

Botanic Garden shop

The gift shop is in the Begonia House. It has a wide range of New Zealand gifts and crafts, practical garden products, accessories, books, cards and hand-made jewellery.

Shop hours

October - March Daily 9am - 5pm
April - September
(Closed Tuesdays)
9am - 4pm
  Weekends and public holidays 10am - 3pm

(Closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, and Christmas Day. Closed Anzac Day until 1pm.)

Pay botanic garden gift shop


There are several self-guided walks in the Garden, including the Solander Trail, Waipiro and Pukatea bush walks and the Sensation Walk.

Brochures for the Solander Trail and Sensation Walk (in print and Braille) are available from the Treehouse Visitor Centre; the bush walks are marked on the Botanic Garden brochure map - follow the green arrows.

Sensation Walk Expanded Directions for the Blind (32KB PDF) | Text version (9KB RTF)

Lady Norwood Rose Garden

This award-winning garden has 110 formal beds, each representing a different variety of rose. It includes newly released roses and traditional favourites. The design is geometric with colonnades on three sides, creating a striking contrast to the backdrop of bush and sloping lawns.


Picnic café is in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

Phone: (04) 472 6002
Website: Picnic Cafe

Refreshments, snacks and meals are also available at the Kelburn Kiosk at the top of the Cable Car - phone (04) 475 8727, or at the restaurants and cafés in nearby Tinakori Road.

Children's play area

Minutes from the Treehouse Visitor Centre, the children’s play area is a favourite with generations of Wellingtonians. It is particularly popular with families and school groups.

There are double slides, a rocktopus, flying fox and more. There are also picnic tables, toilets and an enclosed play area for small children.

Duck pond

The fenced-off pond, with seating, is in the Main Garden.

News - The Pond's the Place for Ducks - 15.07.14


There are glow-worms in the Main Garden, from the Duck Pond up to Glen Road alongside Pukatea Stream.

They can only be seen at night; the best time to spot them is in spring, after rain.

Guided glow-worm tours are available at various times throughout the year. Check the events calendar for details.

Events Calendar

Public art

There are many sculptures and carvings in the gardens. Artists featured include Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond and Chris Booth.

There are also several unique fountains and sundials gifted from other countries.

The Peace Garden.

Peace Garden

The Peace Garden's flame comes from fire created by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

The flame was presented by the people of Japan to New Zealand in recognition of our efforts against atomic weapons.

Joy Fountain

This popular fountain is located in the Main Garden along William Bramley Drive, near the Glenmore Street entrance.

Carter Observatory

The Carter Observatory has astronomy displays which provide a window into the night sky.

There is also a planetarium, shop and audiovisual displays.

Carter Observatory

More information

Location map.



Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden

Phone (04) 499 1400
Fax (04) 499 1903
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Weekends November - April: 10am - 3pm
Weekends May - October and public holidays: Closed