Wellington Regional Trails





Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track


132m climb


Yes (on lead)

About the trails

Stroll through Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā and enjoy 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, plant collections, floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

Only minutes away from the city centre, the garden offers beauty and intrigue year-round. Whether you have 10 minutes or two hours, there are walking tracks for everyone to explore. 

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Trail highlights

Downhill Path

From the top of the Cable Car, venture downhill and stop to enjoy the garden’s main collections. Choose from gardens themed from areas of the world like the Mediterranean, Australia, India, China, and many more.

Kowhai Walk

Explore the top of the garden and walk between the Dominion Observatory, Space Place at Carter Observatory, and Krupp Gun.

Sculpture Trail

The Sculpture Trail is a loop that starts at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden where you can spot six works among the flora.

Bush Walk

The Bush Walk meanders through native New Zealand bush from the Cable Car downhill or reverse the trail to end with the harbour vista. You can often spot a range of native birds in the garden skies.

Sensation Trail

Also known as the Louis Braille Trail, this walk takes 20 minutes and features tactile markers. Pick up a braille brochure from the Treehouse Visitor Centre to venture through the gardens to find the tactile markers on the ground that direct you to braille signposts nearby.

View from the Botanic Gardens looking over trees and out to the Wellington harbour.

View from the top of the Botanic Garden, looking across the city to Wellington harbour.

For detailed Botanic Garden track and walkway maps:

A mother and child walking on a concrete pathway. The pathway is lined with trees and the ground is covered in brown pine needles.