Walking around the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, we came across the Wharaerata Function Centre. As you can see it was a lovely sunny day. We had the place to ourselves as being a Sunday morning it was very quiet. This homestead was built in 1901. Today it’s used as a wedding venue, events centre and has a cafe for the nearby university students.
The Wellington Botanic Gardens is somewhere I always recommend you visit as there is a large variety of features in the 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill near central Wellington. From protected native forest to a large Victorian-style glasshouse as well as seasonal displays, fountains, rose garden and even a duck pond. This photograph was taken in front of an office building next to the MetService offices at the edge of the gardens just off Salamanca Road. The bench next to the tree ferns looked very inviting. The hill on the other side of the city centre is Mount Victoria.
Walking around downtown Portland, exploring the banks and bridges of the Williamette River, I wasn’t expecting to come across a walled Chinese Garden. Enclosing a full city block in the Chinatown area the garden is influenced by many of the famous classical gardens in Suzhou. As you can see from this photograph, the dominant feature of the garden is the artificial Lake Zither in the centre. Only having one full day to explore Portland I didn’t spend very long in the gardens but with the reflection on the lake this turned out to be one of my favourite photographs of the day.
Wellington Botanic Gardens has a mix of native New Zealand plants, modern sculpture and traditional English influenced formal gardens. This statue is surround by a small, circular pool. As you can see the small frogs on the edge. The statue depicts a young child with three birds sitting on her. The bright colours of the flowers behind the statue caught my eye. Sadly, I don’t know anymore about this statue than what we see here.
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.