Visitor information

Visit Wellington Botanic Garden and enjoy its 25ha of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

Botanic Garden walkway.

Botanic Garden walkway

The garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.

Entry is free.

Hours

Garden Daily Dawn to dusk
Begonia House
September - March Daily 9am - 5pm
April - August
Daily 9am - 4pm
Botanic Garden Shop
Located inside the Begonia House
September - March Daily 9am - 5pm
April - August
Daily 11am - 4pm

(Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Closed Anzac Day until 1pm.)

Picnic Cafe
Located inside the Begonia House
January - December Daily 8.30am - 4pm

(Closed Christmas Day.)

 

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Botanic Garden Map (3.1MB PDF)

Location

The Botanic Garden is minutes from downtown Wellington, and is easily accessed.

There are many entrances to the Garden including from Glenmore Street, Salamanca Road, Upland Road and the Cable Car. The only public vehicle access is through Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street.

See a virtual tour of the Treehouse:
Wellington Botanic Garden Tree House - Google Maps

Getting there

The main entrance to the garden is on Glenmore Street. 

  • Wellington Cable Car - from Cable Car Lane, off Lambton Quay. Leaves every 10 minutes to the top of the Botanic Garden. You can then take the downhill walk back to the city.
  • No 3 Karori Bus or No 13 Mairangi- catch the bus at Lambton Quay and get off at the Centennial and Founders' entrances on Glenmore Street.
  • Walking- a popular route is from The Terrace through Bolton Street Memorial Park, through the Lady Norwood Rose Garden to the Main Garden. This takes about 20 minutes.
  • Car- the only public car park in the garden is next to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Parking is limited to 2 hours. Access is through Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street. Parking is also available along Glenmore Street.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Generally the Botanic Garden is hilly, but the following areas are wheelchair friendly.

  • Top of the Cable Car
  • Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Glenmore Street main entrance

Mobility scooters are available free of charge from the Begonia House: Free Mobility Scooter Hire

Dogs

Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead and you clean up after them.

Protecting the garden

Keep to the paths and lawns. Take your rubbish home.
The following activities are banned:

  • picking, damaging or removing plant material
  • cycling and mountain biking
  • recreational drone operating
  • camping

School trips

Bringing your class to Wellington Botanic Garden? We need to know! Contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre to book your group's visit. The booking covers health and safety hazards and allows us to manage garden activities, ensuring your group has a great visit.

Guided tours

Tours are held every third Sunday and fourth Monday of the month. Experienced guides lead tours that are tailored to each group. Tours leave from a number of points around the Garden. The cost is $5 each. Check the Events Calendar for details.

Commercial activities

Commercial operators (ie. tour provider, photographer) must have written permission to conduct business activities at Wellington Botanic Garden. Contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre to secure permission.

Ask a gardener

Check out our how-to video guides or email us with your horticultural queries.

History

In 1844, the New Zealand Company set aside a 5.26ha strip of land for a botanic garden reserve. At that time the land was covered in dense podocarp forest including rimu, totara and matai.

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.

In the 1870s the fledgling garden was boosted with a further 21.85ha of reserve. Wellington City Council has managed the Botanic Garden since 1891.

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Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden

Phone 04 499 1400
Fax 04 499 1903
Email treehouse@wcc.govt.nz
Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Weekends September - April: 10am - 3pm
(Closed public holidays)
Weekends May - August: Closed