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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

#22 of 236 things to do in Wellington Features Animals
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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“picnic area” (16 reviews)
“bird life” (16 reviews)
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160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-499 1400
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Reviewed 24 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
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Protected native forest area close to central Wellington, and easily accessible by bus. A number of walks and routes. Like the tree walk bridge

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Otari Bush is my local park - I had driven past it for years before I ventured on one of the walks but once I did that was it. Such a beautiful place. You can chose walks acoording to degree of difficulty - you can...More

Thank ArohaCM
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Had a lovely picnic with friends as our other location was going to be too windy. It was a lovely spot for those who wanted a longer walk to those who wanted to play other games on the grass. A real little treasure in Wellington....More

Thank JodieC7A
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We only managed to do the short loop on this visit. Perfect weather made it a lovely walk. There are also longer walks you can do and a picnic area not too far from the car park. There are plenty of birds and insects around...More

Thank epicmac
Reviewed 28 February 2016

This is a nice place to go for a walk around the fernery and the bush. You can go full hog and walk up the hill to check out the 800 yr old rimu, worth your sweat. It's amazing to experience the hundred years old...More

Thank MrsGNZ
Reviewed 16 February 2016

The Park is open till sunset. Although the visitor centre closes by 4PM. Nice place for walks among the native bush. There is a canopy walkway starting from the Information Centre. Good place for spotting birds. It is wheelchair-friendly in small parts. Runs from main...More

Thank banerjeesaby
Reviewed 9 February 2016

A fantastic example of New Zealand's bush only 10-15 minutes from the centre of Wellington. There are plenty of walking tracks ranging from very easy (flat) to more difficult (steps). The longest track takes around 1 hour 30 min although there are much shorter loop...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Pick your timing carefully. Busy weekend or public holiday and the serenity of Otari Bush disappears. We'll be back when the rain returns and the people disappear!

2  Thank Geoff H
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Recently, we were on a cruise around New Zealand. In the port of Wellington, we chose a shore excursion that included the Otari Native Botanical Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve. This New Zealand public botanic garden is dedicated to native plants. Our large bus group...More

Thank Jenny W
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