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Dunedin Botanic Garden

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Address: Corner of Great King Street and Opoho Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-477 4000
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds...

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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Such Diversity!

It's amazing how well kept these expansive gardens are. Great to see such variety in the different types of gardens.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's amazing how well kept these expansive gardens are. Great to see such variety in the different types of gardens.

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had 2 days in Dunedin and were staying in the hotel just across the road. We spend a morning looking around the gardens and thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of planting and the good design. The gardens are free to get in (much to our astonishment) and also have a good play area if you have kids. There is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well laid out gardens with good walks.Variety of parrots and parrakeets etc. Wonderful array of Rhodedendrons and Azaleas when in bloom

Thank MetalTiger
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These well cared for gardens with beautiful rows of roses, ponds with ducks that follow you to be fed, entertainment for all ages and a wonderful cafe with excellent coffee.Well worth a visit and great for a family.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the highlights of our time in Dunedin, wish we could have spent longer exploring them. Sadly the greenhouses and info centre had closed for the day when we got there but it is still worth a visit.

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Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit botanic gardens almost everywhere we go, and this ranks very highly! Like all botanics, it's a lovely space for peace & quiet, a nice walk, a picnic, and beautiful plants. The rhododendron dell was fascinating! Such old specimens, and far bigger than I'd ever seen before. There are sculptures scattered through-out the garden, a knot garden, the cedar... More 

Thank L P
Timaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens. Heaps of different planting to see. Really enjoyed the space and the way the gardens were set out. The only thing that let it down was the aviary. The birds were silent and it looked run down. My suggestion would be to either give it a major overhaul our get rid of it completely

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to offer, from the obvious plants to free duck food at the info centre to feed the duck at the pond. There is a large glasshouse to walk through with tropical plants and some fish. A short walk up the hill to the averies is worthwhile. They have a playground and a events stage down the bottom.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Dunedin Botanic gardens seem to be a long way out of the town's central area, but are worth the walk and I think there might be a hop on hop off as well. Set into a steep hillside giving stunning views over Dunedin, with areas put over to various ecological areas, these are lovely gardens with extensive walks, well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are stunning and when in full bloom the flowers are so pretty and smell amazing. A very leisurely stroll through an amazing garden.

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