Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. The is known for its windy weather, cable car, botanic gardens and the eclectic shops and eateries in and around Cuba Street.
It is a small city that can be navigated on foot if you don’t mind walking up and down the hills on a windy day.
Cable Car and Botanic Gardens
The historic funicular railway cable car runs from the city centre to Kelburn Lookout. The lookout provides expansive views across the city and Wellington Harbour. If you are a fan of the funicular railway there is a museum at the top of the hill.
The entrance to the Botanic Gardens and Planetarium are next to the railway station. The gardens are built on the side of the hill. It is a lovely walk along the wide garden paths back to city streets below.
One of the first things I passed was this eye-catching sundial. It was a bit of a balancing act to place my big toe on the date and hold my hands above my head without swaying from side to side!
The sun went in just as I had mastered my comical pose. I am very glad that I can rely on my phone to tell me the time.
The Botanic Gardens consist of 25 hectares of sloping native forest and specialised gardens.
There are plenty of scenic spots to take photos and rest as you walk down the hill.
It took about 45 minutes to stroll down the winding paths back to the city at a leisurely pace.
The path is a very steep in places and I would not be so keen to walk up!
Finding the Cable Car
The station for the cable car is located in an arcade close to the city centre. The botanic gardens are the last stop on the line.