Dunedin Botanic Garden
Dunedin Botanic Garden
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The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance. ArbNet, the global network for tree-focussed professionals, has accredited the Botanic Garden as level III. The Camellia Collection is rated as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. The Botanic Garden celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, marking its position as New Zealand's first botanic garden. It occupies 30.4 hectares in North Dunedin at an altitude of 25 - 85 metres above sea level. The Garden has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. Its wide range of horticultural and botanical collections includes roses, the herbaceous and perennial borders, a rock garden, New Zealand native plants and four hectares of Rhododendron Dell with more than 3,000 rhododendrons. An important aspect of The New Zealand Native plant collection is the cultivation of rare and endangered native plant species. The geographic plant collections are an expression of the Victorian penchant for collection and growing plants from all around the world and displaying them in related groups. This collection has plants from temperate climates of North Asia, the South, Central and North Americas, Southern Africa, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean.
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  • Northern_Traveler00
    California76,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful (and hilly!)
    We walked over from our hotel near the Octogon area of Dunedin. Started from Dundas Street which out us on a steep hill to,start, but worked out way around and down thru the rose gardens , etc. Just spectacular!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Fiona E
    Colchester, United Kingdom89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Nice gardens well laid out. Some of it labelled well but lots of it not which was very frustrating as an avid plantsman. Paths are good but you need to be fit in order to see it all as it is basically sited on the side of a hill. Lovely aviary as well The most amazing thing is that it is absolutely free to enter. An equivalent botanic garden in the uk would be around d £20 a head to enter! Beautifully maintained
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extensive Gardens
    We spend much of the morning at the beautiful Dunedin Botanical Gardens which were within walking distance of the city centre. While not the largest gardens we have visited, they are by no means small or insignificant. Well laid out (with a free map available at the entrance) and very well maintained, with expansive native & imported species growing. Of particular note were the large number of very large, aged trees set all around the gardens, including an Arboretum. The gardens are dissected by a small creek with the eastern side is very steep. We opted to take a 40minute guided tour in a small electric ‘bus’ with the knowledgeable and friendly Roger as our guide. It was $10 per adult and given the steepness of parts of the gardens, a great option.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • evets1232016
    Sydney, Australia437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the aviaries!
    The gardens are beautiful, and display flora from all over the world, as well as New Zealand. But for us, the highlight was the many aviaries and the astonishing array of birds they displayed, including many brightly-coloured parrots. We spent 2 hours here, and could easily have stayed longer.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Katharine M
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely botanical gardens that feature different areas and an aviary.
    We walked to the Botanical Garden from the town centre. This took about 30 minutes each way and is on the flat. The garden itself is on a hillside. There are different areas for different plant areas eg New Zealand, Mediterranean and so forth. There is a cafe and a greenhouse. There are some outside aviaries. Dundedin itself was founded by the Scots. I'm Scottish and we had a good laugh at the tartan shops and statue of Rabbie Burns in the town centre. Also went into a beautifully restored old department store. Passed by Otago University and the Hospital and various Victorian churches of various denominations.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Such an mazing place! It’s my second time visiting, but really hoping to come back a few more❤️Also BIG THANK YOU to Margaret, a lovely lady from information center,who went extra mile for us and lend us her personal umbrella while we were cruising the gardens under the rain.
Written 5 March 2024
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Katharine M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We walked to the Botanical Garden from the town centre. This took about 30 minutes each way and is on the flat. The garden itself is on a hillside. There are different areas for different plant areas eg New Zealand, Mediterranean and so forth. There is a cafe and a greenhouse. There are some outside aviaries. Dundedin itself was founded by the Scots. I'm Scottish and we had a good laugh at the tartan shops and statue of Rabbie Burns in the town centre. Also went into a beautifully restored old department store. Passed by Otago University and the Hospital and various Victorian churches of various denominations.
Written 29 February 2024
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The gardens are beautiful, and display flora from all over the world, as well as New Zealand. But for us, the highlight was the many aviaries and the astonishing array of birds they displayed, including many brightly-coloured parrots. We spent 2 hours here, and could easily have stayed longer.
Written 15 February 2024
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pakabay
Adelaide, Australia2,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We spend much of the morning at the beautiful Dunedin Botanical Gardens which were within walking distance of the city centre.

While not the largest gardens we have visited, they are by no means small or insignificant. Well laid out (with a free map available at the entrance) and very well maintained, with expansive native & imported species growing.

Of particular note were the large number of very large, aged trees set all around the gardens, including an Arboretum.

The gardens are dissected by a small creek with the eastern side is very steep. We opted to take a 40minute guided tour in a small electric ‘bus’ with the knowledgeable and friendly Roger as our guide. It was $10 per adult and given the steepness of parts of the gardens, a great option.
Written 8 February 2024
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Fiona E
Colchester, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice gardens well laid out. Some of it labelled well but lots of it not which was very frustrating as an avid plantsman. Paths are good but you need to be fit in order to see it all as it is basically sited on the side of a hill.
Lovely aviary as well
The most amazing thing is that it is absolutely free to enter. An equivalent botanic garden in the uk would be around d £20 a head to enter! Beautifully maintained
Written 27 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

afong138
Sydney, Australia297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Beautiful & well maintained garden to visit. You & the kids can feed the ducks for free.
It is easy walking or you can walk up the hill for better view. It is free entry & parking
facilities. Can get garden map from information center. & It is also very close to the Otago university.
Written 19 January 2024
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jose yanez
Mexico City, Mexico287 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
If you have visited the botanical garden at Auckland or Wellington or Christchurch, this one doesn't have anything to compare with those mentioned
Written 17 January 2024
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DavidG897
London, UK3,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Much enjoyed our relatively brief stroll in the Rhododendron Dell section of the gardens. What was striking was how carefully tended the gardens were yet how peaceful and quiet it was on a lovely summer day.
Written 12 January 2024
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Jon S
World10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Great gardens and the views were amazing. Nice paths for walks with the family. It would be very good in spring I can see.
Written 8 January 2024
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Northern_Traveler00
California76,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We walked over from our hotel near the Octogon area of Dunedin. Started from Dundas Street which out us on a steep hill to,start, but worked out way around and down thru the rose gardens , etc. Just spectacular!
Written 5 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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