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Auckland Botanic Gardens

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Address: 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa | Auckland, New Zealand
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+64 9-267 1457

"Where ideas grow'. Explore a garden of national significance that can...

"Where ideas grow'. Explore a garden of national significance that can delight, inspire, entertain and relax your senses. The collections of natives and exotics are complimented by lakes, the award winning Potter Children’s Garden and a growing collection of large scale outdoor sculpture by New Zealand artists.

Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at Cafe miko, located in the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre with views out over the gardens. Enjoy the changing centre displays introducing you to the beauty and fascinating facts about plants. View many of our sustainable initiatives from vegetated swales to green roofs.

Only 20 minutes from the city or airport Auckland Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.

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A great afternoon out

We arrived at about 3pm and spent the afternoon walking the paths and photographing the flowers. The venue is free and there is adequate parking and a restaurant. I am going... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Auckland, New Zealand

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The cafe serves 5 persons in 45 minutes. That must be a record in South Auckland. A really lazy afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived at about 3pm and spent the afternoon walking the paths and photographing the flowers. The venue is free and there is adequate parking and a restaurant. I am going back next weekend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having visited scores of botanical gardens over the past several years we were very impressed with Auckland Botanic Gardens. The grounds are beautifully maintained. There are many areas to explore including the rock garden, African , rose and magnolia gardens and even a children's garden. The visitors center also has a nice cafe for refreshment and relaxation.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The botanic gardens are well laid out but looked a bit sad, probably because of the swirling grey clouds and the severe lack of water over recent months in the area. It is well laid out and easy to follow the trails such as the indigenous trees etc. The cafeteria serves lovely cakes and a choice of teas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is an indication of a fine nation that makes gardens like the Auckland Botanic free to the public. We visited here six years ago and came back, just as we did then--a nice walk on a lovely day after a long plane ride from the US, and a lovely cafe for lunch. The Garden is really too large to... More 

1 Thank JARPHX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our eighth visit to NZ (we have family here) but the first time we have been to these gardens. What a serendipity and only 30 min drive from west Auckland where we are staying. Entry to these extensive gardens is free. They are well laid out in themed areas including a native forest area with an extensive walk.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live across the road and visit all The time to ride bikes, drink coffee and feed the ducks. Staff are always lovely and the grounds are well maintained.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New Zealand has many gardens, this was a nice one but not their best. If you want to see everything it will take several hours of walking. They have excellent flowerbeds and native trees. We found trails that went through a tropical forest and climbed a small hill. As an introduction to native plants this is very good. We had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Auckland Botanic Gardens rival any others that I have seen. Amazing displays of plants representing all types and climates. The conservatory buildings are beautiful, and the covered walkways are reminiscent of English cathedrals. The fern garden, which is separate from the conservatories, is magical. If you are visiting Aucklamd, this should not be missed.

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having grown up with the Botanic Gardens on my doorstep I have always enjoyed bringing visitors here, now I am visiting with my partner as we live overseas. It is a great place to visit, with lots of information as well as native and exotic plants. BUT it is a shame that at the height of summer, in fact during... More 

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Micheline N, Manager at Auckland Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Kiree Thanks for you feedback and great to here you enjoy the Gardens. At present we do not have the resources to cover the site for longer than our present hours. Hopefully in the future if that improves we can consider extending the times. Regards Visitor Services team More 

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