Wellington Botanic Garden includes facilities for weddings, meetings, small conferences, corporate functions or concerts.

Begonia House.

Begonia House at the Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is a scenic, popular place for weddings and events. There are a number of picturesque settings for hire. As it is a public garden, no part may be hired exclusively.

Venue Hire at Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton's Bush (366KB PDF)

Pay for botanic gardens venue

For weddings, photo sessions and functions

  • Functions as well as photo sessions must be pre-booked.
  • Small weddings - of around 20-30 guests - can be held almost anywhere in the Garden.
  • Large weddings may be held on the Dell and Soundshell lawns, Puriri and Linden lawns by the Duck Pond and on Remembrance Ridge.
  • The Begonia House is available for weddings after 5pm.
  • Wedding photos can be taken anywhere in the Garden (bookings necessary), but there are restrictions in the Lily House.
  • You're not allowed to spread confetti, rice and flower petals anywhere in the Garden. You can put marquees up only on the Dell lawn only. The Garden does not provide marquees.

Weddings at Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton's Bush (322KB PDF)

The Begonia House foyer

The foyer of the Begonia House is available for weddings and cocktail functions from 5pm, after the House has closed to the public. The foyer takes up to 90 people at tables and 120 for standing receptions. The temperature is 16 - 20°C. Clients arrange their own catering, seating and sound systems. A catering kitchen is available.

For more information:

Council Venues for Hire - The Begonia House Foyer

For picnics and outdoor events



Outdoor Group Picnics and Events Booking Application Form (57KB PDF)

Complete this booking application form if you want to use one of the outdoor facilities below for group events.

Magpie Lawn

Magpie Lawn - above the Glenmore Street West entrance and below the Mariri Road entrance - is a spacious summer venue for large functions. There are toilets 400m away in the Main Garden. 

For more information:

Council Venues for Hire - Magpie Lawn

The Dell

The Dell - behind the Begonia House - is a good size for large picnics, functions and public performances. Three-phase power and water is available, and there are toilets nearby. Service vehicles are the only vehicles allowed in this area. Amplified music must stop at 10pm.

For more information:

Council Venues for Hire - The Dell

The Soundshell

The Soundshell - just inside the Main Garden - can hold up to 600 people and has a stage. Toilets are located nearby in the Main Garden. 

For more information:

Council Venues for Hire - The Soundshell

For seminars and workshops

Treehouse Visitor Centre

The Treehouse Visitor Centre provides information and houses the Garden's administration office.

There is a seminar room that can be booked for seminars and workshops, but not social events. The seminar room seats up to 35 people in a theatre style seating arrangement, or 20 people around tables.

For more information and to book:

Council Venues for Hire - Treehouse Seminar Room


Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday:  closed

Café services

To book the café:

Picnic Café

Phone:  (04) 472 6002

More information

Location map.



Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden

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