WELLINGTON BOTANICAL GARDEN

WELLINGTON BOTANICAL GARDEN.
If you like climbing, you can turn right once you pass the Parliament, from Lambton Quay to Bowen Street, and use the walkway, through the Memorial Park, and on into the huge Botanical Garden. Access is free. Going upwards along the winding pathways, relaxing in the shade, you will gradually climb to the top of the hill and enjoy the spectacular views of the city and harbour.
Alternately, you can walk along Lambton Quay to the funicular station, buy a ticket and enjoy the ride upwards. Do not bother buying a return ticket: when you start from the top, you go all the way down and gradually emerge back into the town center. You would not wish to climb back up just to take a short ride down!
The greenery is thick and vibrant, Lady Norwood’s Rose Garden is a large field of beauty in the colours, shapes and sizes you may not believe. Tall begonia bushes also defy all your knowledge about flora. Are these gorgeous large purple, mauve and pink clusters of blossoms really the familiar garden plants? Everything seems to be bigger than life. Even the cicadas are huge, if you look carefully, you can see them, and you can definitely hear their deafening “talk”!
Looking down from yet another observation deck, you catch yourself thinking, “Is this giant plant really fern?!” But then, who cares. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. My own personal favourite is a hybrid of tuberose and begonia.
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