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“Hidden jewel on Southern Walkway”

Truby King House & Garden
Ranked #125 of 231 things to do in Wellington
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“Hidden jewel on Southern Walkway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

Just when you think you're tramping through town belt, this beautiful garden and old house appears in front of you.
A lovely spot for lunch if you're doing the southern walkway

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“Hidden treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

The Truby King House and Garden is tucked away on the hillside above Wellington Zoo, but definitely worth seeking out if you're nterested in New Zealand history or gardens. It is what remains of the splendid hilltop estate developed by Sir Frederick Truby King, well-known as the founder of the Plunket Society. The old Karitane Hospital and baby products factory are visible, but not part of the current park.

He designed the gardens and planted trees which remain to this day, along with some very interesting brick walls and other landscaping. Only a few of the original rhododendrons remain, but the Wellington City Council is working hard to bring the garden back to some of its former glory, and have planted many rhododendrons and azaleas which were flowering in the most stunning display of colour when I visited. There is a winding network of paths, with viewpoints dotted throughout. Although the original trees are now quite high, there are views through the trees over Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait.

One really interesting feature is a mausoleum where Truby King and his wife are buried, in accordance with his wishes to be buried in his garden. There are some informative informational panels nearby which give more information about his life.

I was fortunate to go on a guided tour, which happens occasionally, so I got to see inside part of the house. Normally only the garden is accessible to the public, either through the front entrance on Manchester St (no 23 bus) or walking along the Southern Walkway.

Visited November 2011
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