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Wellington Botanic Garden picture in Wellington
Wellington Botanic Garden picture in Wellington
Wellington Botanic Garden picture in Wellington
Wellington Botanic Garden picture in Wellington

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The Wellington Botanic Garden spans 60-some acres, fanning out north of Wellington's central business district. The gardens are filled with everything from cacti and roses to tulips and magnolias. Plus, there are gorgeous, wide trails that weave throughout the property, making the experience of viewing all of the flowers, plants and trees even more enjoyable. The on-site cafe is also a great place for a coffee or lunch, according to some recent travelers.

Previous visitors offered favorable reviews of the small but breathtaking Wellington Botanic Garden. Not only did travelers find the flora spectacular, they also appreciated the exercise the many trails afforded them. If you're a fan of tulips, past visitors suggest arriving in September when these vivid plants are in bloom.

The free garden is open daily from dawn to dusk, however, the Begonia House and the Botanic Garden Shop are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between September and March. From April to August, the Begonia House is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Picnic Cafe is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can take the cable car to the garden, or you can hop on a bus, drive (park your vehicle near the Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street), or take a scenic walk through Bolton Street Memorial Park. For additional information about the property, visit the Wellington City Council's Wellington Botanic Garden page.

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#1 Museum of New Zealand The Museum of New Zealand – which also goes by its Maori name, Te Papa Tongarewa, translated as "Container of Treasures" – is just that: a beautiful modern building filled with artifacts ... Read more » Courtesy the Museum of New Zealand

#2 Wellington Botanic Garden The Wellington Botanic Garden spans 60-some acres, fanning out north of Wellington's central business district. The gardens are filled with everything from cacti and roses to tulips and magnolias ... Read more » new zealand transition / Getty Images

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The Museum of New Zealand houses some of the country's greatest art and artifacts. Courtesy the Museum of New Zealand

The small but lovely Wellington Botanic Garden teems with flowers, plants and trees, with numerous footpaths winding throughout. new zealand transition / Getty Images

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