Events calendar

Guided walks

Late autumn botanical exploration

11am, Sunday 17 May

In this easy 90-minute downhill walk we will:

  • look at the main features of plants that characterise the New Zealand flora
  • marvel at the humble leaf as an enabler of life on earth
  • peek at some plant biochemistry
  • have a quick look at the key differences between flowering plants and conifers, and between monocots and dicots
  • consider plant survival mechanisms
  • at all times stay on the lookout for plants and fungi that would do us harm if we’re not careful.

Meet at the Cable Car entrance. Cost: $4

Ginko leaves.

Ancient trees

11am, Monday 25 May

On this 90-minute walk we look at ancient trees of mystery, whose ancestors dominated the forests of the world during the reign of the dinosaurs, but that today exist in small, isolated, relict populations only.

Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street for this moderate walk with steps and some uphill sections - walking shoes recommended.
Cost: $4.

Glow worm walks

  • 7.30pm, Friday 15 May
  • 7pm & 8pm, Friday 19 June
  • 7.30pm, Friday 14 August
  • 7.30pm, Friday 18 September
  • 7pm & 8pm, Friday 25 September

Meet at the Founders’ Entrance on Glenmore Street for these fascinating tours into the world of the glow-worm. The tours take about 1 hour. Please bring a torch. Bookings are essential - phone the Treehouse on (04) 499 1400.
Adults $5, children under-12 free.

Meet the Curator

Prune your roses back into shape

1pm and 2pm, Sunday 28 June

If your roses are running wild, this is your once-a-year chance to learn how to prune them.
1pm: modern roses – meet at the fountain in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden
2pm: heritage roses – meet at the Seddon Memorial in Bolton Street Cemetery
The pruning demonstrations will be held in the Begonia House if it rains.
Cost: Free.

Growing trends

1pm, Sunday 5 July

Tropical plants are becoming increasingly popular – but you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow some. Easy-care gardens are another trend. Meet our Begonia House curator and find out what’s trendy in the plant world and how to grow it.
Meet: Begonia House, Wellington Botanic Garden
Cost: Free

Kaka on treehouse deck.

A garden full of birds

1pm, Sunday 12 July

Our curator and a Zealandia ranger reveal a few secrets about the birds that live in our gardens. We’ll look at a few different species and discover who eats what, where they like to nest and how to encourage them into your garden.
Meet on the Treehouse deck, Wellington Botanic Garden
Cost: Free

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