A large area of hillside in central Wellington (some 25 hectares) is gardens. In fact this is the Wellington Botanic Garden. Just in front of Bergonia House and its lovely Picnic Cafe is a rather formal rose garden. Pictured here is the fountain in the centre of the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Although the Botanic Gardens were created in 1868, it wasn’t until 1950 that this rose garden was first established. Obviously roses are not native New Zealand flowers, the formal layout of the garden and the smells of the flowers reminded me of an English garden.
Exploring new cities with my camera is one of my favourite things. Especially finding interesting buildings or beautiful parks to walk through. This was taken on my first day in Australia. On an afternoon walk I was walking through the City Botanic Gardens and came across this small pool and fountain. Being new to the city and country there were many strange plants, trees and even birds around me. A great introduction to Australia.
This fountain was unveiled in 1911 and bought by John Thomas Peacock. Today, after it has been moved three times, it stands in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Having photographed dozens of classical and contemporary fountains around the world, this is probably the oldest I have so far found in New Zealand. Certainly it is one of many highlights that make the gardens in Christchurch well worth a visit.
The Britomart Transport Centre is Auckland’s central railway station and bus interchange. Although I haven’t yet caught the train from here I have walked through the centre many times. This water feature at the entrance represents a volcano. Only a couple of times have I seen steam coming from it like this. The fountain also acts as a glass window when see from the platforms under ground.