The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden
welcome you to this web site and this fascinating public garden
Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden was formed as an Incorporated
Society in 1990 to promote and support the development of the Botanic
Garden, to raise funds and support Garden projects, and to foster
public interest in its educational, historical, cultural,
recreational and scientific functions.
Friends work as volunteers to guide walks and host events in the
Garden, organise bulb sales, arrange lectures, social functions and
displays of historic and heritage interest, maintain a register of
the Memorials in the Garden, raise funds and assist Garden Management
with a variety of Garden projects.
current projects are the installation of permanent downhill path
markers made of New Zealand-designed glass ceramic mosaic pavers in a
rata design, and provision of support for fund raising for the
Children’s Garden, a major development currently under planning.
see footprints of the Friends around the Garden. Recent projects we
have implemented include the placing of directional and
interpretative signage in the native bush remnants, the renovation of
the Joy Fountain, the provision of entrances to the Pinetum, the
renewal of many of the path markers and the maintenance of the
“butterfly garden” on Druid Hill.
New Zealand's most
historic public botanic garden is located in the heart of Wellington,
the Capital City of New Zealand. It is classified as a Garden of
National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of
is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.
This garden was established in 1868, 5 years later than the Dunedin and
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, but is historically important from its
key role in the introduction of Pinus radiata, a tree of major economic
importance to this country.
Located within walking distance of
the commercial and shopping heart of the City, it is only a short
distance from the National Museum - Te Papa.
The most spectacular entry is by Cable Car. Leaving from Lambton Quay,
the main shopping street, it terminates at the lookout entry to the
Garden, which provides spectacular views over the city and the harbour. (See photo at end of this page)
Return to the city by walking the downhill walkway back to the city heart,
through the children's play area, Main Garden with its old trees, Duck
Pond, and seasonal plantings, to the Rose Garden and Begonia House, then through the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park.
Come, enjoy, rest a while, have
a coffee at the cafe and browse the Begonia House shop but, most
important, bring your camera for those memories of this fascinating
This site aims to provide items
of interest and assistance to all visitors and members of the Friends
of the Wellington Botanic Garden.
|Help us grow a Children's Garden
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The Friends of the Wellington Botanic
Garden are working with Wellington Botanic Garden staff to raise funds
for a Children's Garden.
This world-class garden is a living, outdoor classroom
where children can explore, discover and connect with the natural world.
Festival says goodbye winter and hello spring with spectacular
flowers, including 24,000 tulips.
Festival begins with the Otari-Wilton’s Bush open day and famed
native plant sale on Saturday 20 September. The next day is
Wellington’s iconic Tulip Sunday, enjoying its 70th
anniversary along with the tulips, music and fabulous Dutch food -
and the chance to meet the new Dutch ambassador.
festival also features talks,
photography and Ikebana workshops, guided tours through the gardens,
nearby Kelburn, the Karori Cemetery, MetService, Parliament and –
new this year – an exclusive invitation to the Corrections
Department’s Heritage Centre. There’s a Murder and Mayhem guided
walk in the Bolton Street Cemetery, plus visitors also have the
chance to go behind the scenes into the Botanic Garden nursery and to
see our famous glow worms.
showcase the upcoming Children’s Garden, we’re holding a Kids’
Day Out on Saturday 27 September. There’ll be tours of and
activities in the new garden site, plus a heap of fun things for kids
down on the Soundshell lawn. There’ll be the chance to make a
garden for dinosaurs, see some cute native critters, learn a little
flax weaving, check out the amazing link between plants and products
and spend some time with Zappo the Magician. To start this fun day,
if you come to the Garden on the Cable Car, the Spring Beans puppets
will entertain you from 10.50-11.10am and then put on a special show
in the Cable Car Museum at 11.30am.
lovely folk at Picnic café are again offering two breakfasts for the
price of one during the festival.
Visit www.Wellington.govt.nz/springfestival for the full Spring Festival
and the Picnic two-for-one voucher.
If you wish to see the main areas of the garden and enter via the Cable Car, purchase a one way ticket and then walk back to the city on the Downhill walkway
, visiting all
From the Rose Garden you can either:
1. Return to
the Cable Car climbing up via Serpentine Way and Remembrance Ridge.
This is a relatively steep walk and can be tiring on hot days, but does include most of the Sculpture Walk
2. The recommended option
is to continue walking the Downhill Walkway to
the city, passing through the Bolton Street Memorial Park which
includes a collection of heritage roses, and the historic
cemetery and finishes close to the Parliament Buildings (the
3. On days when cruise ships are visiting, the Cable Car offers a shuttle vehicle from
the Cable Car entrance
to the Rose Garden running approximately every half hour, but is not free.
This is ideal for those with mobility issues. It does not
travel through the main parts of the garden, however, and we recommend
walking down to the Rose Garden, but it can be used
to return to the Cable Car Entrance instead of continuing walkling
downhill to the City
Details of the Downhill Walkway click this link
Photo of Tui, commonly seen and heard in Garden
|THEN AND NOW
Towards Ludlam Way, Main Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden
| Archival photo Wellington City Council
Photo taken 1910
| Modern photo P C Tomlinson
|Faces from the Garden history|
Click IMAGE for further information
|George V. Hudson|
|W T L Travers|
Friends of Wellington’s Botanic Gardens,
P O Box 28-065, Kelburn,