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A sunny winter’s day in Wellington’s Botanical Gardens

August 17, 2016

Last weekend, Jeremy and I wanted to make the most of the day, because it was sunny and not too cold. We’ve had a bit of a cold snap in Wellington lately, after going on about how it didn’t feel like winter. I think we may have jinxed ourselves. It’s been raining, it’s been windy and just generally too cold to enjoy being outdoors. Howevever, last Sunday was absolutely beautiful and it felt like such a shame to waste it.

We discussed maybe walking up a hill somewhere, but it was a little bit too windy for that, so we decided to go for a walk in the Botanical Gardens instead. It’s been a while since I’ve been there.

We started at the bottom, and walked past the duck pond. There were a few people around, and we could tell immediately that there were a few people playing Pokemon Go, standing there tapping away on their phones. I’m not going to lie, so were we.

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Halfway up, we walked past a bench where I could have easily sat for a while and relaxed. I don’t know if this is a New Zealand thing, but most park benches here are dedicated to a person who has passed away, and it just feels a bit extra special sitting on the bench knowing that it was someone else’s favourite spot.

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We made it up to the top, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take the usual photo of the cable car and lookout, because there was a group there taking wedding photos, and I didn’t want to be rude and disturb them.

Instead I took a photo of the view from a different place. It’s not as good, but you could still see most of the city.

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On the way back down, we walked past a statue that I can’t quite figure out what it’s supposed to resemble. Perhaps it’s not meant to resemble anything, because you know, art. I probably could have walked up to it to have a bit of a read, usually there is some sort of sign underneath explaining what it is or at least who made it.

But I’m not an artsy person, so I just took a photo of it and kept walking.

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We finished at the Rose Garden, which didn’t have any roses. No surprises there though, seeing as it’s in the middle of winter, but I’m sure the photo would have looked a lot prettier if the garden was filled with roses.

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If you visit New Zealand in summer, I definitely recommend that you go see the Botanical Gardens. It’s a lovely walk, however, in winter there may not be as much to look at.

In saying that, you could still take the cable car up to the top to have a look at the view, because it will be just as amazing in winter as in summer, as long as it’s a sunny day and not raining of course!

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