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Wellington Botanic Garden

The combination of sweet scents, vibrant colour and sparkling water features make this beautiful garden a popular visit for tourists.

Extending across 25 hectares of hillside, Wellington Botanic Garden is a riot of colour and aromas, populated by everything from roses and camellias to sweet-smelling herbs. As well as the flourishing fauna, the garden is also home to water features, intricate carvings and decoration, and even a duck pond.

The main garden is located near the Founders' Entrance gates and is where the duck pond is situated. The flowers here change season by season; a particularly good time to visit is in springtime, when the garden comes to life with a variety of tulips.

Head over to the Native Forest to see the oldest tree in the garden, a hīnau which is more than 200 years old. This section of forest is one of the most ancient in Wellington, dating from before the arrival of European settlers.

Stroll through the rock gardens to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, or follow one of the self-guided trails which include the Solander Trail and Sensation Walk. Print and braille guides to these trails are available from the Treehouse Visitor Centre.

If you're visiting the garden with the kids, make a detour to the children's play area which comes complete with swings, slides and a safe, enclosed section for younger children.

One of the major tourist attractions at the park is its population of glow-worms. These are most visible at night-time near the duck pond, particularly after rain. The garden's guided tours will provide more information on these intriguing inhabitants. Check the website for more details.

Wellington Botanic Garden is within a short drive of the city centre. Alternatively, the cable car from Lambton Quay stops here every 10 minutes. There are also a number of bus routes passing the garden. If you decide to drive, a car park is located within the garden. The first two hours in the car park are free, and the garden is open every day from dawn until dusk.


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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor NZ$139
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

    Rydges Wellington NZ$149
    Rydges Wellington

    Rydges Wellington

    75 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Oaks Wellington Hotel NZ$135
      Oaks Wellington Hotel

      Oaks Wellington Hotel

      89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Novotel Wellington NZ$119
        Novotel Wellington

        Novotel Wellington

        133 The Terrace, Wellington
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Wellington Waterfront and TSB Bank Arena are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          ibis Wellington NZ$107
          ibis Wellington

          ibis Wellington

          153 Featherston St, Wellington
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Travelodge Hotel Wellington NZ$109
            Travelodge Hotel Wellington

            Travelodge Hotel Wellington

            2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). TSB Bank Arena and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              QT Wellington NZ$160
              QT Wellington

              QT Wellington

              90 Cable Street, Wellington
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                InterContinental Wellington NZ$199
                InterContinental Wellington

                InterContinental Wellington

                2 Grey Street, Wellington
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.