Colourful Photos from Wellington Botanic Garden

Half the fun of the Wellington Botanic Garden is getting there. We arrived into town late in the day, checked into our apartment, and headed to Lambton Quay. It’s the centre of Wellington and the location of the Cable Car entrance. At the top is the Wellington Botanic Garden.

I am generally not a huge fan of this type of place, but there is something really special about the Wellington Botanic Garden that draws me here on each visit to New Zealand’s capital city. I think it’s the variety – from flowers to trees, from common to exotic, it seems to change rapidly. Or, maybe it’s simply that it goes downhill. We start at the top and follow the mosaic tile path down through the gardens to the city.

I will keep this short, as our daughter Sarah is leaving for a year long cultural exchange to Argentina in two days and my time is limited. I present the Wellington Botanic Garden to you in photographs as we walked down hill:

A rainbow of colorful hydrangeas in Wellington Botanic Garden New Zealand

We came around a corner and were suddenly enveloped in a rainbow of colourful hydrangeas.

Succulents at the Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington New Zealand

We came to the succulents and cacti just before the endangered species.

Colorful flowers in the begonia house in the Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington New Zealand

A wall of striking colours and fragrant flowers in the begonia house.

Bananas growing inside the begonia house at Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington New Zealand

This hand of bananas growing inside the begonia house seemed almost out of place but isn’t it lovely with that big flower.

One of many vivid roses in the award wining Lady Norwood Rose Garden in Wellington, New Zealand

One of many vivid roses in the award-wining Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

Jewish section of the Bolton Street Cemetery in the Wellington Botanic Garden New Zealand

Jewish section of the Bolton Street Cemetery (Wellington’s oldest cemetery), which is located at the extension of the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Follow these tiles through the Wellington Botanic Garden to get from Cable Car to city.

Follow these tiles through the Wellington Botanic Garden to get from the Cable Car to city.

Practical Information:

  • The Wellington Botanic Garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.
  • The Botanic Gardens are open from dawn to dusk. The Begonia House hours are 9am to 5pm in Summer, with earlier closing in the winter.
  • There are 26 hectares to explore and include sections of exotic, rare, native, and colourful flora.
  • The Cable Car operates until 10pm Monday to Saturday, and until 9pm on Sunday.
  • The Space Place at the Carter Observatory is located inside the Wellington Botanic Garden.
  • Be sure to stop at the Tree House visitor centre, at minimum to enjoy the views from the extensive decks.

Have you been to the Wellington Botanic Garden?

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Flowers at the Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington New Zealand ©Rhonda Albom 2016. For more images of New Zealand visit our blog.

This post is also linked to BeThere2Day for Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday, Our World Tuesdays, Trekking with Becky for Expat Tuesday, Monday Escapes at My Travel Monkey, Travel Tales at Girl on the Move, Travel Tuesdays at Lauren on Location, Wednesdays Around the World at Photographing New Zealand, and Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

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  1. says

    Hi Rhonda – those are stunning shots … loved seeing them .. the hydrangeas are particularly stunning – they’re a Cornish shrub to me .. and remind me of my mother and Cornwall. Have a very happy last few hours – as you’re into that sort of count down now with Sarah – she will have the most amazing time … as will you when you get to chat with her as she travels and learns … lucky girl. Have so much fun – and lots of thoughts to you all – cheers Hilary

  2. says

    Looking at those colorful flowers made me soooo happy:-) They are just so lovely!! You sure know Your photoskills too – amazing Pictures:-) Good Luck to Your daughter on her New adventures. I knwo the feeling — when mine moved out to study n another country…. Oh…. Well, as long as they are happy we feel happy too, right. Hugs

  3. says

    What amazing pictures, so vibrant, just beautiful! I love begonias, I have some thriving in my greenhouse.

    Pinned today!
    Thanks for sharing on the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW
    Have a great week!

  4. says

    As always, your photographs are marvelous. I thoroughly enjoyed walking down the hill with you. I had to wonder: Did the gardeners put a railroad spike at the foot of each of the pink hydrangeas to get them to turn pink, as gardeners used to in the Pacific northwest when I was a child? Whatever made for that purply-pink-blue rainbow, you captured it beautifully, as you did all the other goodies.

    Thanks! I needed a nice break from work, work, work.

  5. says

    I enjoyed the cyber tour of the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Thanks for posting such beautiful photos. We are experiencing winter months here so really appreciated seeing all the color and photos of bananas etc.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

  6. says

    The pics are gorgeous! I like the one of the rose the best. I never knew bananas started out so green. When I first saw the pic, I thought they were jalapeno peppers! lol Kinda weird that there’s a cemetery attached to the place. Wishing your daughter a bon voyage and hoping the year passes quickly for you. 🙂

  7. says

    I think the Garden and your photos look gorgeous. I have not, but I would not mind at all to visit. I have never seen a banana flower, bloom – that is amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    p.s. and good luck to your daughter.

  8. says

    Hi Rhonda. It’s been some time since I’ve written. My wife & I went on a cruise to the Caribbean on the Carnival Breeze. It was pretty good but I got sick ( found to have bronchitist ) and later my wife got it also. Many guests on the ship were hacking & coughing so that wasn’t good. I’m now writing about our cruise and Wednesday’s blog shows a photo I took out of my balcony. I’d like to have your feelings about it. I’m very excited and proud of the picture. I guess I must be getting better. ( I hope so )
    Good luck to your daughter. She’ll be do well. Mom & dad might be lonely though. Have a great time together. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Susanne says

    How lovely to have so much colour at this time of the year. I’ve only been to a botanical garden once but I loved it. So inspiring for a gardening geek as myself. 🙂

  10. says

    Beautiful shots and great angles! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this for #ExpatTuesday! 😀

    Is Sarah going to be writing about her cultural exchange in Argentina? I’d love to read about it! 😀

  11. says

    I can get lost for hours in a botanical garden. I just told my family that they should be happy it will be a little cold yet for the garden in Denver, otherwise we’d be visiting on our upcoming trip. Lovely photos.

    Lisa @ LTTL

    PS sorry I am late in visiting this week, I was caught up in celebrating my birthday.

  12. says

    What beautiful flora and foliage. I imagine it’s very peaceful here. I do love a botanical garden, it transports you away from the city somewhere colourful and quiet. 26 Hectares is some area to explore! Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

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