Exotic and native plants flaunt their colors at Wellington’s botanic garden, a 25-hectare (61-acre) stretch of landscaped parklands.
The garden was established in 1868, featuring conifers from New Zealand’s forests and more than 100 species of rose in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
After strolling along the garden’s leafy avenues, or following the tactile Braille Trail, drop into the Treehouse visitor center or order a drink at the teahouse.
Guided tours highlight the garden’s more unusual species, including the Australian garden, begonia house, camelias, magnolias and rock gardens.
Wellington’s botanic garden is a few streets back from the harbor and city center.
The most scenic way to get here is by cable car from Lambton Quay. On foot, the gardens are a 35-minute walk from Lambton Quay.