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A Picture (or a few) Worth a Thousand Words – Wellington Botanic Garden

There are many reasons to love New Zealand’s capital city:

Its beautiful waterfront,Images by RJMcosmopolitan, busy downtown area,Images by RJMart galleries, historic churches,

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Old St. Paul’s – Wooden Gothic church constructed entirely from native timbers.

and museums (including Te Papa, the national museum),

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Te Papa Museum

cable cars, hilly terrain and panoramic views,

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Wellington Harbor, as seen from Kelburn Lookoout

ethnic diversity, fantastic shopping, and fine dining. [According to AA Travel Magazine, there are more cafes and restaurants per head in Wellington than in New York City.]

For me, the highlight was the Botanic Garden of Wellington. In fact, I loved it so much that I visited twice during our three day/two night stay.

It was easy to get to the garden. I took the [fully accessible] Wellington Cable CarImages by RJM up the hill to the Kelburn Lookout, and then followed the trail of painted pink flowers

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“Follow the pathway flowers down through the Botanic Garden to the city.”

all the way to Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Begonia House Gift Shop.

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(For an expanded, pdf version of the map, click here.)

My journal notes:

“I set off for the Botanical Gardens; up the hill one more time via cable car. This time, I followed the pink flower trail from the top of the hill, winding through beautiful, fragrant gardens. Oh, I am SO happy! …

I stopped early in the walk to write about my sensory experience …

1. Smell: Lilies and many other lovely scents, most of which I could not identify. Rosemary; sage in the herb garden.

2. Taste: Lingering taste of the orange I ate before the walk; refreshing water.

3. Touch: Tired feet, and sometimes small rocks inside my shoes; warm – almost hot – sun on my face and arms, even through the clothing and hat; periodically a cool breeze; the weight of my backpack; the smooth rub of sage leaves, and the familiar “fondling” of rosemary.

4. Sound: Insects that sound like a Rainbird sprinkler; people laughing and/or talking (some in English, others in tongues that are foreign to me); faint traffic noise, and the distant drone of an airplane; birds chirping and flying.

5. Sight: Sunlight, bright or dappled; a few people – all ages – and some well-behaved dogs; pink flower path to guide me; and COLOR!! Pink and white and red and yellow and green and brown and black and purple and orange. Beautiful!

I drained the batteries in both cameras with all the photos and close-ups I took.”

Images by RJMCome walk through the garden with me …

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“Bee Lady” carved from a eucalyptus tree in 1994 by Allison Clouston. (Ms. Clouston is also a bee-keeper.)
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Treehouse Visitor Centre, as seen from a lower pathway

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Herb Garden
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A sweet memorial
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View of Lady Norwood Rose Garden, with Begonia House (in upper right corner)
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Inside the Begonia House
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Inside the Begonia House

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Wheelchair accessibility

Images by RJMWhile there were some parts of the garden that were not wheelchair accessible, Images by RJMand while some of the trails were on a bit of an incline (which would give a self-propelled wheelchair user a bit of a workout), Images by RJMmost of this garden was accessible. And, in my mind, a not-to-be-missed experience in Wellington!

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, writer, photographer, former wedding officiant, mother, friend, explorer and new Texian ... that's just a little about me!

4 replies on “A Picture (or a few) Worth a Thousand Words – Wellington Botanic Garden”

Thanks, Andrea. It truly was a treasure, as was the garden in Dunedin (which I wrote about in May).


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