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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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Wonderful place to visit

I used to walk my dog in this area years ago. Now I visit and meander around this beautiful bush... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
Mr Phil Parnell

Great place for a walk even in the rain as the bush shelters you from worst of weather. A variety... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
Phil P
Wellington, New Zealand
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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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“picnic area” (16 reviews)
“bird life” (16 reviews)
160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

I used to walk my dog in this area years ago. Now I visit and meander around this beautiful bush area when visiting Wellington. One can never tire of walking in this area. Loved the way it was lit during the NZ Arts Festival

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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Great place for a walk even in the rain as the bush shelters you from worst of weather. A variety of tracks for all abilities however need to be properly equipped in winter with proper footwear.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 31 May 2016

Very interesting place/park with so many different and to us very strange plants and trees. Loads of ferns, of course, but also every other New Zealand plant that you can think of. Some paths are suited for children and older people, some are not. No...More

Thank pisan58
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Dropped in for a quick walk in the weekend. Even in winter there is still lots of greenery, maybe not so many birds. If you are going to Zealandia, you might as well drop in here, it's close by and it's free. There is a...More

Thank qofdnz
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Very nice walking and running trails. You can get to the Karori cemetery from here. Well marked and two different tracks available.

Thank Skirenonv
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We were fortunate to purchase tickets to see "For the Birds" Lucky there was parking available as a fundraiser next door as we had driven over. Well lit and very informative notes along the way. A lot of effort had been put into this event...More

Thank walkingholiday
Reviewed 11 April 2016

As far as I know, the only place in the city where one can see a large patch of totally native flora. It has an interesting history, since it was initiated by a man who recognized the urgency of preserving NZ's native plants. There is...More

Thank Sheila J
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I love coming to Otari by myself. It is beautifully laid out with lovely walks. I like going to the Flax clearing when I need some time alone with my thoughts. Its very peaceful with just the sounds of the birds. The yellow and red...More

Thank Ah62
Reviewed 25 March 2016

This place is very green, beautiful and accessible to almost everyone. This is the perfect spot to go to for a picnic with family and friends. They have provided BBQs which you can use for free. If you like, there are tracks inside the garden...More

Thank 265rezas
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Beautiful native gardens on the edge of the central city. A great way to get a taste of New Zealand flora and fauna. Accessible for families and a lovely picnic spot (with coin operated bbqs).

Thank Hayley B
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