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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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A lovely native garden thanks to a few individuals.

This native garden comprises untouched bushland preserved by a farmer (Wilton) as well as... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2015
Lissel A
Brisbane, Australia
Another 'in-the-city' haven

This wonderfully rambling garden is a short bus ride from the centre of the city. It's a retreat... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2015
Tauranga, 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
+64 4-499 1400
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

This native garden comprises untouched bushland preserved by a farmer (Wilton) as well as structured gardens showcasing desert plants, ferns, etc established by the family Otari (Mr and Mrs buried on site). We walked out into the bushland to visit an 800 year old Rimu...More

Thank Lissel A
Reviewed 29 November 2015

This wonderfully rambling garden is a short bus ride from the centre of the city. It's a retreat from city-life, with options for a relaxed walk, a hike that's a little more serious, or a picnic in one of the sheltered areas beside the stream...More

Thank Alexander6011
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

I would have been disappointed had we not made an effort to visit this pretty sanctuary on our last day in Wellington. We were looking for native trees and this place was mentioned -after much asking-as it has an 800 year old Rimu. It also...More

Thank HeatherAuS
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

We had a delightful afternoon here. Some of the trails are challenging, quite steep and demanding. Varied bird life. Great views from sky line trail which connects.

Thank Zialucia
Reviewed 3 October 2015

I live fairly close to Otari-Wilton's Bush and often visit with children. It's magnificent - but don't expect laid-on entertainment. This is nature at its best, well-managed, but without gimmicks. The area is a 100ha native forest sanctuary, with some of Wellington's oldest trees (one...More

1  Thank AniseedNewZealand
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This native botanic garden is really worth a visit.They have used all native trees and plants to the best advantage .

Thank Yvonne1946_13
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We walked through the Botanical Gardens through to the Native Botanic Gardens then to the Rose Garden in an afternoon which was a lovely walk. It took us about an hour as we stopped and admired lots of unique plants and seating areas. A lovely...More

Thank Rena131266
Reviewed 5 September 2015

This is a great place for families. There are quite a few walks of different distance and difficulty. At the bottom, there is a great picnic spot with barbecues for anyone to use

Thank Gil B
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Many people who visit Wellington miss this place. Its a little off the tourist trail, but its well worth a visit. It offers a diverse range of walking tracks from very easy to moderately challenging. The bush is entirely native so visitors get a chance...More

1  Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Otari - Wilton's Native Botanic Garden is a must see in Wellington. Unfortunately it was raining, but even then it was absolutely worth while going there. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Woolies
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