Visitor information

It’s a great time to visit the Wellington Botanic Garden as we celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Botanic Garden walkway.

Botanic Garden walkway

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

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

From 3 September 2018 through to November 2019 we will be celebrating the garden’s 150th anniversary with a range of family friendly events.

Join us. Entry is free.

Hours

Treehouse Visitor Centre  
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
Weekends from September to April
10am – 3pm
Weekends from May to August Closed
Closed on public holidays
Botanic Garden  
All year Dawn to dusk
Begonia House  
From September to March 9am – 5pm 
From April to August 9am – 4pm 
Botanic Garden Shop  
From September to March 9am – 5pm 
From April to August 11am – 4pm 
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Closed on Anzac Day until 1pm  
Picnic Cafe  
All year 8.30am – 4pm
Closed on Christmas Day 8.30am – 4pm
 

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Wellington Botanic Garden Map (4.4MB 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.

Take a virtual tour of Wellington Botanic Garden Tree House - Google Maps

Silver accessibility rating featuring a yellow circle on the left with Be Accessible written inside it and a silver circle on the right with silver written inside.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

The Botanic Garden currently has a silver rating from Be. Accessible. Take a look at our Accessibility Report to help plan your journey.

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

You can borrow a courtesy wheelchair from the Begonia House or the Treehouse Visitor Centre on arrival - or to book one in advance, please phone the Treehouse 04 499 1400.

Mobility scooters are available free of charge from the Begonia House - to book in advance, please phone the gift shop 04 473 5747.

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
May – August

10am – 3pm
Closed
Closed on public holidays