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Wilton’s Bush Reserve Walk

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Wilton’s Bush Reserve is an easy 2km walk through native plants that will take around 2 hours to explore.

Excellent wide walking track. Wilton’s Bush Reserve Walk is wheelchair-friendly and runs from the main car park to the Information Centre, over the Canopy Walkway, and to Cockayne Lookout in Wellington. Wilton’s Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 2.00 km
        • Time needed: 2 Hours – allowing for plenty of photo taking
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: Yes
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 60m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: July, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Wheelchair-friendly paths run from the main car park to the Information Centre, over the Canopy Walkway, and to Cockayne Lookout.

  • Track Quality

    Excellent walking, all the tracks are wide and well graveled. Wilton’s Bush Reserve is not all flat, you can head up into the hills for that extra burn out.

  • Hazards

    None that we know of.

  • Transport

    The No 14 bus from Lambton Quay bus stop will take you to Wilton’s Bush Reserve main entrance.

  • Water

    Yes and clean toilets.

  • Driving Instructions

    Unknown

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    You are only 20 minutes drive from Wellington CBD where there are lots of restaurants in Wellington to choose from.

  • Area & Track History

    This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest and five hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington’s oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old Rimu tree. 5km from Wellington city centre. Scientists and volunteers counted 1,367 different living species – animals, plants, fungi, protists, bacteria – in the bush and reserve areas.

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  • Map location of Wilton's Bush Reserve Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Wilton’s Bush Info Centre

Take your lunch with you. You could spend all day walking around looking at the 1,367 different living species – animals, plants, fungi, protists, bacteria in Wilton’s Bush Reserve. If you do not feel like walking around all day find the perfect spot in the Alpine Garden, Brockie Rock Garden, or sit down by the stream and read a book. It’s got to be better then down town Wellington.

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