You can volunteer and help at Wellington Botanic Garden by acting as a host or joining a Friends of the Garden project.

Planting tulips at the Botanic Garden.

There is a lively group of volunteers who make an important contribution to the Wellington Botanic Garden. While some donate a few hours each month, other volunteers are in the Garden weekly.

Volunteers help in many different ways. Their time and effort ranges from planting and pruning to leading guided tours. People from all over the world come to volunteer for a day or several months.

Volunteer as a host

Wellington Gardens looks for friendly enthusiastic hosts, especially through the cruise ship season of November - April.

You don't need in-depth knowledge of plants or gardening, but a little will help.

Hosting commitments are 2½-hour sessions during the cruise ship season and are arranged to suit your availability.

Email WGVolunteer@wcc.govt.nz to learn more and get involved.

Friends of the Garden

The Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden is a voluntary organisation that supports the Garden by:

  • providing a guiding service for visitors, using trained volunteer guides
  • hosting visitors
  • raising funds for Garden projects, arranging lectures, bulb sales, social functions and displays of historic and heritage interest.


Members receive quarterly newsletters and invitations to Garden events. Annual membership fees are:

  • $20 for individuals and businesses
  • $25 for families
  • $15 for students
  • $25 for schools and community groups
  • $500 for life membership

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
September – April
May – August

10am – 3pm
Closed on public holidays