GARDEN TOURS

Volunteer guides of the Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden provide a guiding service to groups and visitors to the Garden.

During the cruise ship season they also provide a hosting service at the Cable Car entrance, providing information on the Garden and advice on the best way to see the area.

If would like a guided tour for your group, contact the Treehouse Information Centre, and a guide will contact you and discuss your proposed visit. Generally tours are for 1 to 2 hours, and can be tailored specifically to your requirements.

Regular tours are run throughout the year - Sunday walks, visits to the glow worms, and for the Stepping Out and Spring Festival events. Rose Week and the Herb Festival are also covered with relevant tours.

Details of regular tours are listed on this site.

The collections in the Garden that can be covered in a tour include

Australian Garden features banksia, grevillea, kangaroo paw and other interesting and showy flowering plants.

Ovens Wattle, Australian Garden

Begonia House with its spectacular seasonal displays, begonias, orchids, lilly pond
Camellias currently being renovated, contains many cultivars of these popular plants
Exotic Forest 46 species of pines and planted in the 1870s, a legacy of trials to launch New Zealand's forest industry. Pines on Druid Hill and Magpie Spur are some of the oldest pines planted in New Zealand
Herb Garden displays useful and attractive herbs for almost any garden situation
The
native flora offers a wealth of herbal applications. In New Zealand, many 'herbs' used by Maori are trees. Rongoa (Maori herbal medicine) uses herbs both in combination for holistic healing and specific first-aid applications. Tohunga (the spiritual and medicinal mentors of a tribe) would administer herbal medicine in association with karakia (prayers). In addition, a great deal of day-to-day herbal knowledge was, and is, accumulated by Maori women.
Horseshoe Bend a tranquil garden maples magnolias, hostas, primula and rhododendrons

Horseshoe Bend in autumn

Lady Norwood Rose Garden
Maori Flax Collection (harakeke)
Native Forest Sheltered contain remnants of native forest that link back to the forest of pre-European settlement. The oldest tree in the Garden, a gnarled hinau in the Stable gully remnant, is over 200 years old.
Perennials Hot coloured perennial plants tower up out of the garden beds in front of the Begonia House. Many of these plants assist in attracting beneficial insects to combat any aphids attacking the Roses.
Rhododendrons Within the Main Garden are some large old 'Sir Robert Peel' rhododendrons.
'Harry Tagg,' 'Christmas Cheer' and 'Cornubia' display their marvelous large heads of pink, white and red flowers early in spring.
The
Vireya Rhododendron Collection is planted in the valley below the Play Area and has flowering plants almost all year round.

Vireya Rhododendron

Rock Gardens There are three rock gardens within the Main Garden area.
The Oak Rock Garden features mostly South African bulbs. The best time to view it is from spring through to mid summer. The blue flowering oddity Puya alpestris is making a lovely show above the rockery.
The
Main Rock Garden has a broader collection of alpine plants and bulbs planted together with rhododendrons and maples. This rock garden has plants from the Mediterranean, Continental Europe and Asia.
The
Kauri Rock Garden features alpine plants. This garden will be changing to display some of our many native alpines.
Notable Trees Redwood, sequoia, pinus, cork oak, common oak. Many trees in the Garden date back to plantings in the 1860s.
Succulents Many plants with various shapes, forms and sizes. Vibrant aloes shoot flower spikes of orange annually while the fucraea takes ten years or so to produce huge heads of cream puffs.

Succulent in Rock Garden

Scented Garden This is the best place to be if you like dining on delicious perfumes. Just below the Treehouse this garden is a wonderful spot to linger. The white flowering false vanilla is very aromatic.

In addition to the general tours, themed tours are also run. These include

Dinner in the Garden
Barking up the wrong tree
Giants of the Garden
NZ Native Plant Food, Fire, Fibre and Pharmacy Trail
Rare and Exotic, and in our Botanic Garden
Can't see the wood for the trees


Guided walks

Guided Garden walks
Self guided walks
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 (sensory) walk


Contact the Wellington Botanic Garden Treehouse Information Centre for further information on the Garden etc.

Treehouse Visitor Centre
Phone: (04) 499 1400
Fax: (04) 499 1903

Email: treehouse@wcc.govt.nz