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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 #12 of 143 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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 Central, 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I have been to Otari Wilson bush many times. It is a picturesque spot with lots of native bush, and a number of walks through the park. There is some parking but not a lot. There is an informative visitors centre and the public toilets are clean. While there are other bush walks/parks that you have to pay for, I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Nice walks, lots of birds, lovely regrown native forest. Has grown a lot in the last few years. Info in the fernery is really interesting.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I've been there several times with different groups - school trips, picnics, with our homestays and with my children. There are several highlights - the native NZ garden, the information centre, the walkway above the trees, the fern garden, and the oldest tree in the garden - a kauri tree. It's a great place to take visitors to show them... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

An amazing botanic garden completely dedicated to native flora. Be in the middle of unspoiled nature at only three km from the city center.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We venture here regularly as we live nearby and love the easy access to gorgeous bush walks and picnic spots. The bird life is abundant, tracks well maintained and perfect for a roam in native bush not too far from the city to escape the hustle and bustle. There are BBQs to use at the Troop lawn, waterfall and a... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Dedicated volunteers have created a magical taste of pre-European NZ in this small remnant of native bush in suburban Wellington. Plants are well labelled and some of the paths are wheelchair-accessible. Best of all admission is free.

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