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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Wellington Botanic Garden, Flowers galore


Wellington Botanic Garden

Well, here we are in the Wellington Botanic Garden. I’m no horticulturalist, so don’t ask me what you’ll be looking at today. Just click on any image in the gallery below to enlarge the image and bring up today’s slide show. Enjoy!

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Wellington Botanic Garden


Overlooking Wellington from Kelburn funicular station

As you’ll recall from last Wednesday, we arrived in the hills of Kelburn overlooking Wellington Harbour via the Wellington Cable Car (funicular). From here we had a spectacular view of the harbor:

Wellington Harbour

Now it’s off on foot to the nearby Wellington Botanic Garden, but first we must pass a piece of history — a field artillery piece built in 1907 at the Friedrich Krupp AG factory in Essen, Germany. Yes, the infamous “The Arms of Krupp“, for those familiar with the bestseller, and this particular piece of artillery was used during The Great War (1914-1918). The gun pictured below is a 13.5 cm Kanone 09, which could lob a 92-pound/42-kilogram cased charge projectile an impressive 10.3 miles/16.5 kilometers:

Krupp 13.5 cm K 09 artillery gun from World War I

Kelburn is one ritzy neighborhood, as you can see from these nearby homes:

Kelburn homes

Ursula and I hit the trail heading downhill into the botanic garden. Shortly after the beginning we came across the Treehouse Visitor Centre:

Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden

There are some interesting nonbotanical things of interest as you head down the hill, such as this sundial:

Wellington Botanic Garden

But one goes to a botanical garden for the botanicals, right? So here are some:

Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Wellington Cable Car


Wellington Cable Car (funicular) model

Another three minutes’ stroll north along Lambton Quay from Plimmer Steps (see Monday’s article) gets us to our next stop, the Wellington Cable Car. Despite the misnomer, this is in fact a funicular.

Wellington Cable Car entrance on Lambton Quay

So in we go to purchase our tickets for a must-do experience if you’re ever in Wellington. After a somewhat brief wait in line, we arrive to the lower station, which is quite colorful in its own right:

Wellington Cable Car station

Here you can see people loading into the car we missed while waiting in line:

Wellington Cable Car (funicular)

And off she goes without us, disappearing into a tunnel:

Wellington Cable Car (funicular)

At the top of the ride much awaits us, but first we’re headed into the Wellington Cable Car Museum for a bit of history starting with Grip Car No. 3 from the early 1900s:

Grip Car No. 3, (early 1900s) Cable Car Museum

Nearby is The Relentless Red Rattler, which ran on this line from the 1950s until well into the 1970s:

The Red Rattler

As you can see, the Relentless Red Rattle is far from the comfort of today’s train. In this photo you can see that the open exposed side seating is inclined to take into account the pitch at which this funicular ascends and descends along the tracks:

The Relentless Red Rattler (1950s to late 1970s)

And, yes, you can climb aboard for a shot:

Ursula posing on the “Relentless Red Rattler”, Cable Car Museum

But we’re far from done here atop this hill in the suburb of Kelburn. Much awaits us, including a World War I-era Krupp artillery gun and the spectacular Wellington Botanical Garden. That all starts next week, but here’s a bronze relief map of where we were:

Top of the hill

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