This Botanic Garden and Forest reserve is 10 minutes drive or a short bus trip from Wellington city centre. There is off street parking. Entry is free. No food is available for sale. The area has 100 hectares of forest made up of original and regenerating conifer forest. There are 11 kilometres of walking tracks through forest and parkland. You can stroll along some of the shorter walks or along the 75 metre canopy walkway located 18 metres above the forest floor. Close to the information centre are the fernery, alpine, rock and wild gardens and the cabbage tree lawn. If you are a bit fitter and don't have wheelchairs or strollers you can walk down to the picnic areas and follow the creek, the Circular Walk or the Nature trail. More serious walkers can follow the trails which go into the forest and past the 800 year old Rimu or the flax clearing. This is a wonderful place, especially on a hot day. You make a short or extended visit. It was a lovely surprise on our last visit to Wellington. As it is near to Karori you can combine the two in one day.
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