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Parks & nature in Wellington

“Wildlife sanctuary in a beautiful valley. Great opportunity to see some of the native New Zealand birdlife.”
141 locals recommend
“Beautiful gardens with a couple of nice cafes and great views of Wellington city from the top of the hill. If you're visiting Wellington in mid January check out the free concerts and light show in the gardens.”
97 locals recommend
“Oriental Bay is just round the corner of Mt Victoria. Perfect place to go on a beautiful day! Discover great eateries at this magical spot!”
51 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. The Garden is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu. It is classified as a Garden of International Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. - Walking distance (14 minutes); - 2 minute drive from our place - Free entry”
29 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Seals! Whenever you go, you can see lot of seals around the coast and enjoying the sunbath. You can walk in from the gate(30 mins - 1 hour), or you can drive in if you have a 4WD.”
25 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Beautiful scenery around the waterfront and lots of activity with local markets, food stalls and cafes. Amazing on a sunny day.”
22 locals recommend
“Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award-winning purpose built bike park set in 250 hectares of bird-filled native bush. Whether you're a walker, runner or mountain biker there's a track at Makara Peak for you. This park extends across Makara Hill Road and along the main ridge to the top of Karori Park, where there is another local network of tracks.”
22 locals recommend
“Take a short 25 minute ferry from Queens Wharf and you'll find yourself in another world! Quarantine Island turned sanctuary, this predator free reserve is rich in history and nature. A perfect and unique way to escape the city! ”
16 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Our beautiful park where the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior remains. A nice place to go to pay your respects and to sit in the sun and listen to our Tuis fly between the Pohutukawa trees.”
14 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“Huge marble monument where NZ first Prime Minister is buried. Great bush walk and fantastic view.”
12 locals recommend
“A track takes you to the Ataturk memorial that has a beautiful view over the south island. Access is up the stairs at the Pass of Branda.”
10 locals recommend
“Walk 10 minutes to this great pool and gym with spa and sauna. Also has a helath-food cafe, and next door is where you can learn to sail (bookings via”
12 locals recommend
“Great day walking, fantastic views of the Hutt Valley out to harbour and Wellington city... its local! Smaller children might need a piggyback if they get tired...”
8 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“We have some excellent hiking trails right on our doorstep that wind through the regenerating native bush in Polhill Reserve. The entry point is only 3 minutes away from the bottom end of Karepa Street. The Polhill Reserve loop is suitable for those of average fitness and takes from 45 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your fitness level. There are plenty of shorter walks you can take if you want something easier: 2 suggestions: Head down to Aro Street (around 30 minutes) for refreshments including craft beer (Garage Project), coffee, or bread or pastries (Arobake), or alternatively walk up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine for stunning panoramic views of Wellington. ”
9 locals recommend
“Great views of the city with very good walking trails. Ask me and I can tell you the way up to it from our house.”
7 locals recommend
“Swimming pool in summer, playground and bush walks to Mt Kaukau. 2km from house.”
5 locals recommend