of the Wellington Botanic Garden


Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand

One of the 4 gardens managed by the Wellington Botanic Garden, (the Main Garden, Bolton Memorial Park, Truby King House, and Otari, Truby King House at Melrose was the home of Sir Truby King, founder of the Plunket Society in New Zealand.

The garden is open to the public during the day.  Admiszsiion is free

.Parking is limited, and the sloping site with some uneven paths,  requires some care during visits.  It is in a spectacular site overlooking  Wellington Airport  and the Mirimar Peninsula..  

The garden is noted for the spectacular brickwork erected by Truby King.  Many rhododendrons are planted, and an avenue of flowering cherries make a spectacular view in early spring.

Entry is free.

The Friends guides  run occasional on demand tours in this garden. Visits to the house are also available during Trust open days, or can be arramged at suitable times. 

Further information including maps can be found at the official garden website.

The following photographs illustrate the main areas of this Garden and typical views


Sir Frederick Truby King, 1858-1938,
(Relief from The Mausoleum)

Truby:King House

Dining room  Truby King House

Library view,   Truby King House

 Library view,   Truby King House in Truby King's time, with the famous telescope

Brickwork by house

Moon gate

Moon gate from exterior

Brickwork detail

Brickwork detail

Wall detail


Outside library

Garden lookout

The Mausoleum
It is here that Sir Truby and Isabella King are interned.
The Mausoleum has a “A” Classification from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and was put in place on 15 February  1990.

The first recent rhododendron planting took place during a ceremony on the WCC assuming management of the Park.  The then mayor, Mark Blumsky undertook this planting  on
31st of October 1995

View of factory

 Garden walk

A favourate haunt of the trainee  nurses in the evening when the hospital was in operation.
The required chaperon sat around the corner, and the nurse and boyfriend had some privacy.
Even today it is a pleasant spot to stop.

Garden view of Miramar Peninsula and Wellington Airport

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