One of the most popular gardens in New Zealand, Wellington Botanic Garden dates back to 1868 and retains some distinctively Victorian areas as well as some more modern additions.
The gardens end by Bolton Street Cemetery, which had a motorway built through the middle of it in the 1960s which would be unthinkable today I think.
Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden is twenty minutes by bus from the CBD, and contains the last native bush in the Wellington area, saved in 1860 by local farmer Job Wilton. It offers lush greenery and an oasis of calm to explore by foot.
It is also home to an impressive 800 year old rimu tree, and another nearby with some intriguing bark patterns.