Magpie Lawn, Wellington Botanic Garden - venue for hire

The Botanic Garden's much-loved Magpie Lawn can be used for company picnics, team-building days and barbecues.

People playing games on Magpie Lawn.
The Magpie Lawn is great for sports days.

The Magpie Lawn is a spacious outdoor venue for hire at Wellington Botanic Garden. It's located above the Garden's Glenmore Street West entrance, and below the Mariri Road entrance.

The Magpie Lawn is ideal for:

  • company picnics
  • team-building days
  • sports days
  • barbeques (only gas barbeques are permitted).


  • 3,219m2


  • $100 non-refundable booking fee. Other fees may apply.


  • Unfortunately the Magpie Lawn cannot be hired exclusively.


  • The nearest public toilets are 400 metres away in the Main Garden.
  • You can hire and set up portaloos at the Magpie Lawn.
  • You can bring your own gas barbeque.


  • On-street parking available on Glenmore Street.
  • Drive-on access for service and delivery vehicles is available by arrangement when booking. Vehicle access is through the West Gate entrance.

Hireage conditions

  • Marquees can't be used at the Magpie Lawn.
  • Please remove all rubbish at the end of your event.
  • Botanic Gardens are smoke free.
  • No use of drones without prior approval.

Bookings and payment

To request a booking at this venue, complete the booking form and email it to the Venues and Bookings Officer at

Wellington Botanic Garden and Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush site booking form (238KB PDF)

If you've already secured a booking and have been issued a reference number, you can pay online.

Pay a booking fee