Garden guided
                          walks


These are all guided walks
by the Friends of the Botanic Garden


Guided walks (click link for details)
Guided Garden walks
Glow worms
Self guided walks (click link for details)
Downhill walk Cable Car to City
Kowhai Walk
Sculpture walk
Norwood Path
Self guided brochure walks
(Brochures available Treehouse and Begonia House)
Solander walk
Braile (Sensation) walk
Self guided walks
Native plant walks  introduction
Pukatea walk
Waipiro walk
...


GUIDED WALKS 2017



Sunday 15 January, 11 am

Herb garden walk

Discover the fragrant, medicinal, culinary and domestic uses of herbs on this 75- minute Herb Garden walk.

Meet at the fountain in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
There is an uphill walk with steps to the Herb Garden.

Cost: $5


Monday 23 January, 11 am

Plants, Pills, Potions and Poisons

On this walk we discuss prescription medicines and herbal remedies,
 and look at some of the plants from which they are derived.
We consider also the role of poisonous plants in the development of medicines.

Meet at the Duck Pond.
Moderate walk with one uphill section.

Cost: $5


Sunday 19 February, 11 am

Beetles, beaks and branches

On this moderate 90-minute walk we look at insects and birds,
and their relationship with native and introduced plants.
Moderate 90-minute walk with one uphill section.

Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street

Cost: $5



Monday 27 February, 11 am

Bits and Bobs – Bunya, Birch, Bamboo, Bark and Beetles

On this walk we look at plants that increase the temperature of their flowers,
the useful attributes of birch trees, clever uses of bark,
the fastest growing plant in the world,
the cunning strategies of pitcher plants and other fascinating facts.
Join us for an energetic 90- minute walk with uphill sections.

Meet at the Cable Car entrance.

Cost: $5



PARKS WEEK WALKS 2017

Monday 6 March, 11 am

Plants don’t move, how do they cope?

Find out how plants survive and thrive on this visit to the Main Garden.
The tour is designed for wheelchair users and those with accessibility needs.
Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street.
The tour is 60 – 75 minutes in length and finishes back at the Founders’ Entrance.

Bookings are essential. Please phone the Treehouse 04 499 1400.

Because  this tour is designed for people with accessibility needs
bookings are requred to ensure sufficient staff are available
 to meet health and safety requirements

Cost: $5 (Cash only)



Tuesday 7 March, 11 am

An alternative downhill route

Join the guides on a less-frequented downhill route from the Cable Car entrance.
The route is steep in some places, so good walking shoes are recommended.
Meet at the Cable Car entrance.
A moderate to energetic 90-minute walk, finishing at the Founders’ Entrance.

Cost: $5 (Cash only)


Thursday 9 March, 11 am

Ancient plants

To coincide with the opening of the fossil exhibition at the Treehouse this week,
 we look at some ancient plants, with ancestry dating back to the Jurassic and even earlier.
Many of the plants exist now in small, isolated relict populations only.
Meet on the uphill side of the playground for this 90-minute moderate to energetic walk which finishes in the Dell.

Cost: $5 (Cash only)


Friday 10 March, 11 am

Our Heritage Garden


Wellington Botanic Garden is classified as A Garden of National Significance
by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
and as a Heritage Area by Heritage New Zealand.
 This guided walk includes native forest and plant collections.
Learn about our plants, some of our early history and about our historic buildings.

Meet at the Cable Car Entrance and finish in the Rose Garden.
A moderate 90- minute walk with an uphill section.

Cost: $5 (Cash only)


Sunday 12 March, 11 am

Flora from Antiquity

In this easy walk we will look at a small ground plant and its colossal ancestor,
 light and colour, fungal ‘knowhow’ used by manufacturing industry,
and key relationships between trees and fungi.
 Meet at the Duck Pond, Main Garden for this easy 90-minute walk, which finishes at the Founders’ Entrance.

Cost: $5 (Cash only)



Sunday 19 March, 11 am

The poster boys and girls of modern botany

Old botanical insights that help understand today's flora;
 high summer defined; plants' clever planning for the months ahead.
Easy 90-minute walk.

Meet at the Duck Pond, near Glenmore Street.

Cost: $5

Monday 27 March, 11 am

Plants for food

On this walk we look at a range of plants that can be used for food,
 some of which are well-known, but others might surprise you.

Meet on the uphill side of the Playground
 for this moderate to energetic 90-minute walk,
with some uphill sections.
Cost: $5 (Cash only)


Sunday 16 April, 11 am

Botanical idiosyncrasies

Join us for a closer look at some interesting plants.
We will look at a plant that can’t decide whether it’s a lily or an asparagus,
 tree trunks that are not really tree trunks
and a deadly poisonous plant that yields one of the world’s most effective cancer-fighting drugs.
These are just some of the curious things you will see on this relaxing downhill amble.

Meet at the Cable Car Entrance for this 90-minute walk.

Cost: $5


Monday 24 April, 11am

Autumn order and chaos


In this easy downhill ramble we will consider
the main features of plants that characterise native flora.
We will look at the humble leaf as an enabler of life,

the
systematic chaos that defines autumn
and examine the
micro-level physiological features shared by plants and humans.
We’re closer than you think.

Meet at the Cable Car Entrance for this 90-minute walk.

Cost: $5 (cash only)


Sunday 21 May, 11 am

Monsters, music and mushrooms

In this downhill stroll we will look at what happens inside trees.
We
will discuss the monster kauri challenge.
We examine
the toxic and medicinal qualities of plants
 and compare the
botanical connections between music makers and rocket technology
 
with tree and fungi relationships.

Meet at the Cable Car Entrance for this easy 90-minute walk.

Cost: $5 (cash only)


Monday 22 May, 11 am

Art in the Garden


Learn about the sculptures and sundials in the Botanic Garden
 on this moderate 90-minute walk with a guide.
The walk has some uphill sections.

Meet in the Begonia House foyer.
Cost: $5 (cash only).


Sunday 21 May, 11 am

Monsters, music and mushrooms

In this downhill stroll we will look at what happens inside trees.
We
will discuss the monster kauri challenge.
We examine
the toxic and medicinal qualities of plants
 and compare the
botanical connections between music makers and rocket technology with tree and fungi relationships.

Meet at the Cable Car Entrance for this easy 90-minute walk.

Cost: $5 (cash only)


Monday 22 May, 11 am

Art in the Garden


Learn about the sculptures and sundials in the Botanic Garden
on this moderate 90-minute walk with a guide. The walk has some uphill sections.

Meet in the Begonia House foyer.
Cost: $5 (cash only).






Guided walks are run by the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden.

Walks cost as indicated, payable on the day.
Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden free - show membership card

For more information on walks or events, please contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre
on 499 1400 or email
treehouse@wcc.govt.nz


 

Glow worm walk dates: to be advised


Glow worm tour details (click)

Glow worm information


Updated information on the walks will be

available here during the year.