Auckland Botanic Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens
4.5
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"Where ideas grow'. Explore a garden of national significance that can delight, inspire, entertain and relax your senses. The collections of natives and exotics are complimented by lakes, the award winning Potter Children’s Garden and a growing collection of large scale outdoor sculpture by New Zealand artists. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at Cafe miko, located in the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre with views out over the gardens. Enjoy the changing centre displays introducing you to the beauty and fascinating facts about plants. View many of our sustainable initiatives from vegetated swales to green roofs. Only 20 minutes from the city or airport Auckland Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Scott G
    Washington DC, District of Columbia408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done Auckland!
    No charge for this park, which we appreciated very much. The garden is huge and you can spend a good chuck of the day here. Quite lovely with good walkways. There is an amazing number of ducks to delight you. Children will like this place, it has a playground and lots of room to run around. Our visit can in early spring, and there was still some lovely color.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Jeremy P
    166 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice garden: admission free, but expensive to access if you don’t have a vehicle
    A very fine garden which exceeded expectations. The admission is free, which is lovely; the grounds are great; it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours. The cafe serves good fare. The only shortfall is that if one does not have access to a vehicle, one must use a ride service, and Uber was rather expensive @ about NZD 90.00 / USD 55.00 for the round trip.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 18, 2024
  • Fiona E
    Colchester, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and all FREE
    Last stop before our flight home and sadly only had an hour and a half. Fantastic garden packed with unusual plants, beautifully labelled hardly a weed in sight. Inspirationally laid out gardens and needs to be visited at different times of year to be fully appreciated. Hope I can return one day
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
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Jakeal82
Aberdeen, UK285 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A good morning out for free. However, when you advertise that a sculpture exhibit runs until March 15th why have most of them gone from display already, quite disappointing. Can you not indeed sell them with a pick up date when the exhibition has finished.
Also I do feel that you should have a large donation box as a bit of a sculpture in itself to encourage people to contribute to the upkeep of such a place, something we have said many times at Hamilton Gardens too.
Written March 5, 2020
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LAIreland
Huntly, New Zealand39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
These gardens are very well laid out and have lovely walks with many interesting plants which are all labeled. It was February 2020 when I visited and they had the "Sculpture in the Garden" show which was very interesting. The only complaint I have is that in mid summer it is very hot walking and there are no shade trees along the walkways.
Written February 26, 2020
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Stewarts Vacation
1,037 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
These gardens are fabulous! There is such variety on display, from the Potter's children's garden, to the African Plants garden, Gondwana Arboretum, Edible garden, Podocarp Valley, Native Forest ... to name a few. They are very well laid out and maintained. There are interesting sculptures dotted around. The lawns are suffering in the current dry season, but the beds are still looking attractive. The lake is a lovely feature. The staff at the information centre are very friendly and helpful. Admission is free! Wear your walking shoes as the gardens cover a vast area. You can take a picnic to enjoy on the grass or there is a cafe open daily from 8 a.m. until 4p.m. A visit here is highly recommended - you could spend a whole day wandering around these gardens!
Written March 1, 2020
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456dianab
New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Recently I met friends for lunch at the Cafe at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The day was fine, the lunch palatable, and the Sculpture Exhibition well worth viewing. Even without the extra interest of the exhibition, the Gardens are wonderful to wander in, with friends or family or by yourself. It's one of Auckland's precious gems, a well-developed piece of land full of beauty and space for meandering. The planting is extensive and on-going; also there's the element of teaching and learning about native plants, birds and stream creatures. Children and adults alike find interest and enjoyment there. It's a place to take visitors; to be proud of and to revisit with every changing season.
Written January 3, 2020
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Thanks for you response. It is important to us that visitors can come and enjoy the beauty of the gardens and we take the chance to share our ideas with them. As a place for plant and garden advice we work hard to make information available. We also love providing activity ideas for families so we can introduce kids to nature in a fun way. Hope we provide another great experience when you next visit.
Written February 2, 2020
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Tristan
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The Akl botanic guardnes are a good place to go. very nice florals there and the kidz section is very fun for them. they cansit in the big egg, felt like a real egg Very good. We also smelt the florals and they r good but winter has killed some of them. That is ok tho s hat is expektcted.

We will be back to the guardens. Thanks Botanic Guardens. For your awesoome desplays.
Written May 2, 2021
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RandiFayeC
Longwood, FL1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had a great strategy to visit - because of its location near the airport, we left extra time on the day we were returning the car to the airport and flying to the south island - we were driving from Waipu that morning. Traffic was not worse than expected, so we had an hour to enjoy the gardens before heading to the airport.
We enjoyed the sculpture show, the grounds are nicely maintained and easy to navigate. Definitely could have spent more than the one hour we had here.
We know another season may have yielded more flowers but that just means we have to come back.
Written March 13, 2020
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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A very fine garden which exceeded expectations.
The admission is free, which is lovely;
the grounds are great; it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours.
The cafe serves good fare.
The only shortfall is that if one does not have access to a vehicle, one must use a ride service, and Uber was rather expensive @ about NZD 90.00 / USD 55.00 for the round trip.
Written January 19, 2024
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Peekaboo
475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We walked around only some of this as it is huge. The mid day sun made it more of a challenge than we wanted but it was really beautiful. The garden is free to visit and has a wide array of plants, trees and flowers. Would recommend a visit.
Written April 25, 2020
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Richard E
Middleton Stoney, UK1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited here and enjoyed every moment. Plenty to see and nearly all wheelchair accessible, it’s FREE entry which we weren’t expecting. There is a lovely cafe serving excellent food and drinks, well worth a visit when in Auckland
Written January 23, 2023
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Karen W
Fareham, UK521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
One of my favourite places in Auckland. Can't believe it's free! All kinds of gardens to enjoy, including one that describes how Maori used plants as medicines and construction materials. It's easy to walk away from the crowds out to the trees and wide open spaces.
Make time for lunch or coffee/cake, you won't regret it.
Especially wonderful for travellers as a 'last thing to do' before flying home. Good to stretch your legs before sitting on a plane for hours!
Written April 13, 2020
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