06 October 2008

The Wellington Botanic Garden

A bright Wednesday morning saw us walking along the Wellington City thoroughfares, our casual get-up a stark contrast from the dark coats of suits of the office workers bustling about. We were on our way to the Botanic Gardens to see the blooming tulips as it signals the end of winter.

The Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.

A 5-minute cable car ride goes up the Botanic Garden

Cable car tracks on the foreground, with a majestic view of Wellington beyond.

We visited a souvenir shop /museum nearby which showcased a cable car over a hundred years old!

Lots of people were up and about as it was the 2-week break from school.

Sure, I have seen tulips back in Manila, but they were always in small bunches or in flower arrangements in shops. The tulips in the Botanic Garden was amazing! Delicate colors of yellows and reds and even two-toned ones!

A short while later we were taking a leisurely walk to a path through lush vegetation with trees and flowers.

A pond was soon sighted to our right, with ducks swimming lazily about. We loitered for a bit, and enjoyed seeing other birds taking a bath in the flowing stream nearby.

The kids squealed with delight at the next bend. Jo-Lo did too as he saw the huge playground spread before us.

We had an awesome time at the Botanic Garden. I would like to come back again and see its other attractions such as the Planetarium and collection of cacti. Many thanks to Debbie and sons Diego and Miguel for the wonderful trip!

More photos at the Kaleidoscope World.

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