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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

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Address: 160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-499 1400
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Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public...

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants.

The Garden is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

Just a 10-minute drive from the CBD or take the no. 14 bus bound for Wilton and get off at the Warwick St/Wilton Rd stop. Tell the bus driver and they will be sure to stop.

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Amazing native forest

I never knew this existed until today but is well worth a visit. Well maintained trails, beautiful fernery, excellent information boards concerned primarily with conservation. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I never knew this existed until today but is well worth a visit. Well maintained trails, beautiful fernery, excellent information boards concerned primarily with conservation. I highly recommend a visit. You can spend from 30 minutes to half a day walking the 10km of trails and enjoying the picnic areas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nestled in the mountains just outside Wellington is the Otari-Wilton Botanic Garden. Filled with interesting species - often times detailed with a sign - this Garden has extensive paths and elevated walking ramps throughout the property. This is a beautiful and scenic area and should not be missed.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this garden. Beautiful hikes, birds, views, quiet. Very few people. Felt like we had it to ourselves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I would not have missed seeing this as it taught me a great deal about the early vegetation of these incredible islands. A must visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Walked this place twice during my 2 weeks stay in Wellington. Very rewarding view from the top but might need shoe with good grip if the path gets muddy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Love this park, everyday that you walk through there is something different be it kaka, tui or wood pigeon...love it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We went here for exploring the nature and it was truly remarkable. Undisturbed nature and native plants, shrubs and tress of New Zealand were seem aplenty here. Trees of all kinds, shapes and sizes and birds chirping - makes this place a haven for nature lovers.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Fine walk around many different types of trees and botany. Well laid out and a good information centre. Not all tracks are suitable for the differently abled but there are good tracks for all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Really great place for families and walkers alike. Has a visitor centre and awesome gardens as well as a waterfall. Many tracks to follow which are bush, river or trail based. Definitely one of the best overall walks in the city. Had a chance to see a Kaka there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited here in the school holiday with my grandson aged 5 years. A very exciting well-signposted place with much to see.

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