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Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

160 Wilton Rd | Wilton, Wellington, New Zealand
04 499 1400
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Ranked #16 of 145 attractions in Wellington
Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: Step back in time to an ancient world. Enter the tranquil Fernery, tiptoe through the treetops on the Canopy Walkway, hike the trails to find the... more »
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Sarasota, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
68 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I continue to be amazed at the wealth of wilderness so available in the Wellington environs. Otari-Wilton's Bush is just one of them, and a free one at that, with trained guides to explain the wealth of native bush and trees there, including trees that are hundreds of years old. Paths, plant life, and birds are in abundance. It is... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Otari - Wilton's bush native botanic garden is a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with family and friends. There are small tracks from which to choose: steep ones for the fit and easier for the rest of us. On the bottom oft the lush green wonderland is a big lawn with BBQs and a merry stream. Native plants,... More

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Wellington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you want to get out of the city stress, this is so close and features picnic areas as well as heaps of walking tracks amongst some of Wellington's oldest areas of native bush. If it's blowing a good nor-west gale, you can escape the force of the wind under the canopy of the trees, and there's lovely picnic areas... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

There's something for everyone - a sedate stroll round the upper part of this native bush reserve, through to more adventurous walks through dense bush with sloping tracks and and a picnic lunch. Great for families.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I have been for a walk a few times in this park and it still amazes me how many different trails you can take from it.We discovered a walk that leads us to Karori. We are planning to do the skyline and continue toward khandallah.There are more walks if one wants to explore further or just enjoy a picnic or... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Best place for a nature walk and family picnic......................................................

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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

You need to be fit for this one. I have rated it on the assumption that you are interested in plants. If not probably a little boring so just take a walk and imagine you are stepping back in time to a place before the settlers came and chopped down the bush. Kids love it

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A fantastic place to escape from the city for an afternoon. Easy to get to from Courtenay Place, just one bus.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I went to the bush by cable car and walk. It takes about 1 hour. It is quite close to city and u can feel like Amazon. So awesome place to walk. If you have something to think, you can solve it in this place

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Reno, Nevada, USA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Take the 15-min walk up to see the 800-year-old rimu tree, and go back in time to wild Aotearoa before it was discovered by humans. Not as much bird song as further south closer to Zealandia, but native flora and fauna are recovering nicely. Huge network of tracks, kind of a nexus connecting to many of the longer tracks traversing... More

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