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Light Cycles

Bundle up, rally your friends, whānau, or that special someone and experience the Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā like never before. 

As night falls, immerse yourself and connect with nature through this unique multi-sensory experience. Highlighted by the Garden’s lush canvas, Light Cycles invites you on a night-time adventure where nature’s secret rhythms come to life through dazzling light installations, soundscapes, and digital art.  

Prepare to be captivated. 


Light Cycles is a self-guided event via a one-way path through Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā. It begins at the Met Service Building, 30 Salamanca Road and ends at Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

There is no parking available; we recommend using the Wellington Cable Car, public transport or please arrange to be dropped off at the start of the experience.

The Wellington Cable Car from Lambton Quay up to the Kelburn terminal is the ideal way to get to the start of the experience from Wellington Central. The Cable Car runs every ten minutes and closes at 7pm on Sundays. Opening times may vary so be sure to check the timetable and ensure you give yourself enough time to make your session.

Exit the Cable Car at the top (at the Kelburn terminal) and take a 5-minute walk downhill toward the Met Service Building at 30 Salamanca Road. Signs will direct you toward the start of the experience.

Children under 5 travel free on the Wellington Cable Car and New Zealand SuperGold Card holders travel free after 6.30pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

There is an exclusive Wellington Cable Car ticket offer for Light Cycles ticket holders: you will receive an exclusive 15% off discount code (of all adult and child one-way tickets) once you book your Light Cycles ticket. T&Cs apply.

Walk straight into the queue at the corner of Salamanca Road and East Path.

The following buses will stop at Upland Road (stop 5916 or stop 4916) - 4, 18, 21, 22. Walk up Upland Road toward the Cable Car until you see the signs for Light Cycles. From there, take a 5-minute walk downhill toward the Met Service Building at 30 Salamanca Road.

Head to Upland Road and get dropped off at the Cable Car Museum. Signage near the museum will guide you along the 5-minute walk downhill to the start of the experience at 30 Salamanca Road.

There is no mobility parking available at the start of the experience. We recommend utilising this drop-off point if you have accessibility requirements. Please contact our ticketing team if you have questions and access requirements, email or call 021 528 481.

Take the Norwood pathway back to the beginning of the experience. Signage at the end of the experience will point you in the right direction, otherwise ask a host for assistance. Please be aware that this path is steep in places and is not accessible for everyone.

Please note: The Wellington Cable Car operating hours are different than Light Cycles. The Cable Car operates until 8pm Monday – Thursday, 9pm Friday – Saturday, and 7pm Sundays.

The experience ends outside the Lady Norwood Garden. You can walk toward Tinakori Road (2mins) or follow the signs to Lambton Quay via Kinross St (13mins).

There are bus stops on Glenmore Street (stop 4313 and stop 5313). The following buses pass through these stops – 2, 13, 33, 34.

You can arrange for a taxi or uber to pick you up from Glenmore Street

If you require pick-up close to the event due to accessibility requirements, your driver will be able to drive into the gardens from Glenmore Street and pull over in the public parking area to collect you.

Your adventure will likely last between 30-45 minutes. The route is approximately 750m long. We encourage you to take your time as you explore.

This experience is recommended for adults and children over 3 years of age. While we welcome young children to participate, please be aware the experience takes place at night in autumn and requires walking through natural, sometimes uneven terrain. Under 3’s are free.

We recommend you do not bring buggies or strollers as the track is not suitable in parts and the experience may be busy.

If you are bringing infants, baby carriers are recommended. There is a baby change station at the end of the experience.

Light Cycles takes place within the Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā in areas which can be uneven in places. It is therefore not recommended for those who require mobility equipment or special assistance to attend alone. If you have questions about the experience and other types of accessibility, feel free to contact us at Access tickets are $20 and you can book an essential companion ticket for free. To book access tickets or to discuss your access requirements: email Phone 04 473 0149.

Warnings: Please be advised this event includes dark pathways and uneven terrain. The event also contains many strong lighting effects, of which some may flicker or strobe as well as haze.

Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are some steep sections on the walk. The pathways are predominantly sealed, there is a small gravel section.

Dress appropriately for the weather. The experience is after dusk and in autumn.

Arrive with plenty of time before the start of your session, we recommend 15 minutes ahead of your start time. This is to ensure you have enough time to check-in before entering the experience. Sessions run every 15 minutes. If you book for a 6pm slot for example, you will be admitted between 6-6.15pm.

If you have purchased an Anytime ticket, you can attend Light Cycles for any designated session that is running between 6-8pm Wed, Thu, Sun or 6-9pm Fri and Sat. Please keep in mind that Friday and Saturday evenings are likely to be busier, timed tickets will be prioritised and you may need to queue.

Light Cycles is not open on Mon and Tues. Hours may change, keep an eye on the Light Cycles page for the latest opening hours.

Late arriving? We may not be able to guarantee entry if you do not show up for the time indicated on your ticket. Late entries will be dependent on how busy the experience is and will be at the discretion of staff. You may be asked to wait.

Other than Guide Dogs and other support dogs, animals are not permitted at the event.

Light Cycleswill go ahead rain or shine. We recommend wearing adequate clothing and footwear suited to the time of year and weather conditions on the day for an outdoor event. There is no cloakroom for this event. Tickets may only be rescheduled if a session/evening is cancelled due to extreme weather.

Due to the nature of the experience, umbrellas are prohibited once you pass through the start ofLight Cycles. Please ensure you arrive appropriately dressed for the weather.

Yes, the following items are prohibited inside the gate: Seating of any kind, Musical instruments or air horns, poles, sticks, banners or oversized flags (more than 1m x 1m), Weapons or knives, or any object which may be used as a weapon, animals (exceptions for authorised guide/companion dogs), balls, bicycles, skateboards, skates or scooters or any other item the event organiser considers inappropriate.

We reserve the right to: Refuse entry to persons with prohibited items listed above, conduct bag and security checks, refuse entry to intoxicated or disorderly persons, refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with bag or personal searches, refuse entry to any person who does not comply with a request from the organisers, security or regulatory bodies. Prevent unauthorised commercial and promotional activity.

There will be beverages and snacks available for purchase at the end of the experience. Outside food & beverage and picnics are not permitted on the premises.

The Cable Top Eatery is located at the top of the Cable Car and is open late until 8pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the perfect spot for a pre-adventure drink, meal or snack. They are offering a 10% discount for Light Cycles ticket holders on any coffees or hot drinks, all you have to do is show your ticket. Valid from 11 May – 9 June only.

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