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“Ancient jungle in city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
160 Wilton Rd | Wilton, Wellington, New Zealand
04 499 1400
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Ranked #25 of 189 things to do in Wellington
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Ancient jungle in city”
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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“Plethora of Shady Tracks”
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 Wellington.

Visited January 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Fantastic Bush reserve”
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 personally feel that Otari is just as nice a park and free.

Visited February 2014
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“Lots of birds!”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Suburban native tree and plant garden”
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 how the trees in Wellington used to look. I love the Chatman Island forget-me-nots with their glossy leaves and blue flowers.

Visited July 2013
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