Kids corner

There are all sorts of fun activities going on in the garden.


For information about events check out our events calendar.

Self guided activities at Botanic Garden

Explorer Backpack contents

Explorer Backpack

Explorer Backpacks

Are you ready for adventure? 

Our Explorer Backpacks are packed full of activities and equipment- everything you need for an exciting journey through the Botanic Garden. They're free to borrow from the Treehouse Visitor Centre and Botanic Garden Shop during opening hours.

So what are you waiting for? Come and see us and start exploring!

Kiwi Guardians at Wellington Botanic Garden

Toyota Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures!

The paved paths are just the beginning at Wellington Botanic Garden. As a Kiwi Guardian discover new paths and hidden surprises.

  • Follow your nose through the Herb Garden and get your tummy rumbling for a yummy meal.
  • Build a fairy house in the Fairy Village near the stream that fills the duck pond.
  • Head off the paved paths and find the cork oak trees – discover what the bark looks like before it’s turned into a bottle stopper.
  • Pack a picnic – there are lots of great spots along the way.


Wellington Botanic Garden adventure map (1MB PDF)

Get ready

Download the Wellington Botanic Garden adventure map and check out what you can do.

Note: Steps and uneven paths are part of the activity. For accessible options contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre, phone 04 499 1400 or email

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down and claim your medal. 

Getting there

The Botanic Garden is minutes from downtown Wellington, and is easily accessed by car, public transport (cable car or bus (no. 3 and 13)) and foot. The Centennial Entrance, and the only entrance for cars, is on Glenmore Street.