Headed to Wellington for the weekend? Known as the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington is one of New Zealand’s top cities. Offering visitors everything from culture and art to a great night on the town, Wellington really is the heart of the country in more ways than one.
If you’re planning a visit, make sure you check out a few of the city’s gardens for a relaxing stroll and a cultivated look at some of New Zealand’s native plant life.
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden covers 26 hectares of ground in Thorndon along Glenmore Street. Featuring plants from all over the world, native New Zealand bush and plenty of open lawn areas that are ideal for a sit down with a picnic, the Wellington Botanic Garden is the ideal place to spend an afternoon.
Reach the top of the garden on the Cable Car and make your way to the Beehive and Parliament Buildings after your visit is over.
You can also find the Cable Car Museum and Carter Observatory at the Botanic Garden, the former offering a look into the history of Wellington’s iconic cable car and the latter the country’s longest serving observatory and planetarium.
Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden and Forest Reserve
Make your way through the treetops on the Canopy Walkway and make your way through an incredible testament to New Zealand’s native bush and forest. The Otari-Wilton’s bush features some incredible New Zealand plant life, like the 800-year-old rimu, and a number of tracks and trails that will take you through dense and lush green native forest.
It’s the only botanic garden in New Zealand that boasts a sole focus on native plants and it is one of the most impressive plant collections in the country.
Bolton Street Memorial Park
Wellington’s oldest cemetery, dating back to 1840 offers tranquility and serenity for visitors, just minutes from the city centre. With a number of notable figures buried on the grounds and a heritage rose collection that blooms at peak during November, the Memorial Park is a peaceful place to take a stroll and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
With so much on offer in the central city and something always on like the World of WearableArt Awards Show, Wellington isn’t just New Zealand’s capital, it’s a top city for native an international tourists looking for a great stay. The city’s gardens are the perfect place to take a break, learn a bit about the region and see some of native New Zealand for yourself.