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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

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160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-499 1400
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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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160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-499 1400
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is the botanic garden entrance which has some nice set out gardens and good views but the extra treasure is the native bush walks , there are some really long walks beside the stream and tracks off to the Kaori cemetery which I would...More

Thank Bob G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its free. That was a plus as we didn't have much time to spend here this time around. This is my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised. Choose your route if steps and hills are not for you but these trails offer access to...More

Thank Nuttykiwi
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

..manicured, aromatic gardens and adventurous forests to explore. Will be going a few times I should think.

Thank FraserJMM
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This plant museum is GORGEOUS! There are various loop routes through bush walks of varying difficulty and length. At the top near the visitors centre is a wonderful sunny area that is really easy for anyone to walk through. It is packed with all sorts...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 26 July 2017

A short busride out of Wellington is this area of bushland with several great walks through different layers of rainforest, 800-year-old trees and small waterfalls and streams. Glowworms at one waterfall (although we could not see them during the day). Some of the tramps are...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We have been many times to this reserve. With grandchildren and family and also as a couple. Bush walks for experienced and fit or for those just wanting a stroll through bush. The information centre is also a must.

Thank lynette953
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Native bush in the middle of the city. This is what I love about Wellington. Lots of native birds and a huge range of plants. Easy stroll or slightly more strenuous hike. A great way to spend a Sunday morning.

Thank Faudemer
Reviewed 13 May 2017

People not familiar with Wellington's winding streets might consider taking the #14 bus, which stops directly at the entrance. The Otari Garden includes an extensive garden with massive natural-style stonework displaying plants of dry and wetland habitats in ways suitable for garden landscapes. There's also...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 May 2017

A lovely piece of New Zealand bush that will have something for anyone. A quick drive from the CBD (or a trip on the #14 bus) and you get to taste what it is like walking in a very safe wilderness. There are a number...More

Thank JakeRaven
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My wife and I often visits Otari-Wilton's Bush during the day and walk the various trails, but the real magic of this patch of bush is going and seeing the glow worms after dark, they are pretty special.

Thank Dave L
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