Wellington audio tour: Wellington Botanic Garden: Rose Garden, Begonia House and Peace Garden

Wellington Botanic Garden: Rose Garden, Begonia House and Peace Garden

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

Take a gentle stroll around this gorgeous section of the Wellington Botanic Garden. This tour will give you a general overview of the history of the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House before taking in a visit to the Peace Garden and a final stop at a Camphor tree with a very unique history.

There is plenty to see and if you’re a plant enthusiast, this is the tour for you! Plus there is a wonderful coffee shop and restaurant on site, which will provide you with the perfect excuse to relax and soak up the views before heading into the main garden or trundling down to the city centre.

*Please note that there is very little walking involved on this general introductory tour.

Tour Producer


Philip Tomlinson

Philip Tomlinson became involved with guiding at the Wellington Botanic Garden in 1999. He has been active as a guide, as well as involved in organising the hosting and welcoming of visitors to the garden.

He's been a committee member of The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden since 2002 and Vice President since 2010. He also runs the Friends website.

Philip has lived in Wellington since 1968 and currently lives only a short distance from the Garden.

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Major Landmarks

  • The Lady Norwood Rose Garden

  • Begonia House and Peace Garden

Directions to Starting Point

If you have travelled the Downhill Walkway from the Cable Car entrance, you will have left the Main Garden through the Founder's Entrance, and re-entered the garden via the Centennial Entrance. You will come to the car park, and as soon as you see the rose garden, you will see a map board on your right, next to the bank. This is the starting point.

If you have come up from the city, via the Bolton Street Memorial Park, head towards the Rose Garden car park and again, look for the map board on the left, on the far side of the garden.

If you have come down from the Herb Garden on the preferred route, turn left when you reach the drive and proceed to the map board start, again on the left.

There is a regular bus service from the centre of the city. Catch a Karori Park No 3 bus to the main (Founders) Entrance. As you alight the bus, turn left for the rose garden and begonia house; right for the Main Garden. Buses run every 10 to 15 minutes.

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Places to stop along the way

You are recommended to enter the garden after having used the Cable Car. Then follow the downhill walkway through the garden all the way until you reach the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. The path is clearly marked by colourful mosaic tiles in the pathway. You will pass the Treehouse Visitors Centre, which is worth stopping at and using the balcony to get a great view of the 1870 Main Garden. Explore the Main Garden with its colourful spring and autumn bedding displays. The Duck Pond, Joy Fountain and Summer House are especially worth noting.

At the Main Gate, you can follow the marker tiles out the gate, along the street, and in the Centennial Entrance. If you don't mind walking uphill, the best route is up Pine Hill Path, next to the entrance signposted Herb Garden.

There is a great view of the Rose Garden and Begonia House from the ridge.

Bookings for the Picnic Cafe can be made at +64 4 472 6002 or [email protected]

Best time of day

Lunch time can be busy, especially at the cafe. But otherwise, any time during daylight hours is perfect to enjoy a stroll or relax in this garden.

Opening times for the Begonia House:
October - March: 9am - 5pm daily
April - September: 9am - 4pm daily


Common sense always applies, but the garden is generally safe. During the day there are staff members available in the area and they are always happy to assist if required.


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Wellington Botanic Garden: Rose Garden, Begonia House and Peace Garden