Plantation for Green Thumbs
Take a relaxing stroll through Auckland Botanic Gardens. It’s impressive 64 hectares are blooming with plants from all around the world, with over 10,000 of them waiting to be discovered, this really is one of the great free attractions in Auckland.
A close 20-minute drive from the city and 15 minutes from Auckland International Airport, Auckland Botanic Gardens is situated right next to the Southern Motorway in Manurewa.
The Botanic Gardens are open daily from 8am to 8pm during Daylight Saving Hours and 8am to 6pm during Non Daylight Saving Hours.
Must See and Do
A nirvana for every gardener, the Auckland Botanic Gardens in full bloom is a sight for sore eyes – if you have allergies, remember to come prepared!
Check out the different collections – from temperate to tropical – and grab some great tips and gardening advice for your own vegetation.
Start off at the edibles garden. You’ll be enticed by the tasty fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and edible flowers that are blossoming here. There’s also composting displays to provide you with some savvy gardening and cultivation ideas for your home garden.
Not to be missed in the Auckland Botanic Gardens are the New Zealand natives. This extensive collection includes four main areas, including an extensive list of threatened local species that can’t be seen in any other country.
If you’re searching for an explosion of colours, the magnolias, roses and camellia gardens in the Spring Blossom Valley are perfect for you. Then, change things up a bit by following the path to the African garden, populated with plants from one of the richest floral areas in the world – southern Africa.
Your nose might start following the aroma of the nearby herbs when you pass over the narrow brick paths to the Herb Garden. Breathe in the fragrance of lavender, rosemary, thyme, mint while you walk past the range of herbal trees and shrugs of pomegranate and mulberry, to name a few!
If you see a gardener working on the plants, don’t be shy and feel free to pick their brains (or green thumbs!) for advice.
If you want to have a wander around with a guide, there are free hour-long walks on Wednesday from 1-2pm. Rock up at the visitor centre and learn about all the seasonal highlights. If Wednesday doesn’t work for you, there’s also the option to book a Group Guided Walk.
Auckland Botanic Gardens is a great attraction for kids too. Hop on the Wiri Rambler Train for a ride of a lifetime. It runs every Sunday from midday till 3pm, weather permitted of course.
Not to be missed is the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden. It’s the perfect place for kids to have fun and get their hands dirty in the garden. You can also book them a workshop here!
Conferences, Functions and Weddings
Step out of the norm and hold you next function at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Give your guests a unique experience at one of the beautiful facilities.
Searching for your Auckland wedding venue? Don’t miss out on one of the three outdoor wedding sites that can cater to up to 200 guests. There’s no better place to spend your special day than having immaculately cared for flora serving as a backdrop.
With the Gardens situated a close 15 minutes from the airport, it’s a breeze for guests to find Auckland accommodation and hotels close by.
Visiting Auckland Botanic Gardens
Begin your journey at the gardens at the Visitor Centre. Here you can refresh yourself with a coffee from Café Miko as you plan your journey through the beautiful and fascinating plants.
Visit the library if you have some challenging questions that need to be answered. It has over 2500 horticultural books, journals and magazines, so you can dig a little deeper to what you’ve been searching for.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends (Daylight Saving Hours). During Non Daylight Saving Hours, it’s open 8am to 4pm daily. The Centre is closed on Christmas Day.
You can head to the library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. It’s closed on Christmas Day.
Cafe Miko is open daily from 8am to 4pm and closed on Christmas Day.
After a long day at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax your feet at one of Best Western’s hotels.