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Dunedin Botanic Garden

Corner of Great King Street and Opoho Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4000
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Corner of Great King Street and Opoho Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4000
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

The rhododendrons are a must for garden lovers. The layout of the place. We where lucky as the rhododendrons when in full bloom in mid November but signs that they are starting to die off. I've never seen such a beautiful array of various colours....More

Thank GS2013_13
Reviewed 14 January 2016

What a heritage gem Dunedin has here! Beautifully presented and maintained grounds, and very helpful and informative staff. The lower section is an easy stroll around the themed areas, with water features, bridges and ponds. Lovely in all seasons - put this on your must-do...More

Thank Kaye W
Reviewed 13 January 2016

A very nice place to spend an hour of down time Huge trees to an amazing herb garden all named that smells great ,Just a nice pleasant place thats a credit to the people who maintain it ,Also ahill walk to an aviary

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 12 January 2016

must see, free of charge,easy access with plenty to see including an aviary, good little gift shop and food available, clean enough toilets and great for little kiddies,of course the hillside is not accessible by wheel chair but certainly a must see

Thank IanMortimer
Reviewed 12 January 2016

lots of little components making up a great larger experience. We were lucky though to walk through on a nice sunny day. Quite a steep walk to the upper areas from the lower gardens, so maybe not for everyone, but a lovely asset for Dunedin,...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 10 January 2016

Many walks, interesting areas, well labelled plants, peaceful. A gorgeous refuge after hectic activities. Great place for the kids to run around.

Thank timandmary2014
Reviewed 10 January 2016

We arrived at the car park. Which we now know is in the Upper Garden. And walked down past the aviary to the Café, pond and rose garden. Every time we were confronted with a choice of paths, and that was often, it would have...More

Thank mssell
Reviewed 10 January 2016

We visited the gardens while on a city and garden tour, which we booked right next to the cruise ship, unreserved ahead and very reasonable. I highly recommend it. Just loved the Botanic Garden in all it's splendor. Late spring was the perfect time and...More

Thank sandra n
Reviewed 8 January 2016

Very extensive gardens, good walk around, some steep climbs. Lovely ponds, ducks. Didn't try the café.

Thank Anne P
Reviewed 8 January 2016

Beautiful park, but the toilets closed at 4pm! The roses were beatiful. Didn't walk up the hill as only had jandals and really felt we needed better footwear.

Thank Shona S
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