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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

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Address: 160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-499 1400
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Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public...

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants.

The Garden is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

Just a 10-minute drive from the CBD or take the no. 14 bus bound for Wilton and get off at the Warwick St/Wilton Rd stop. Tell the bus driver and they will be sure to stop.

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Wonderful walk!

Definitely not to be missed when you are visiting Wellington...perfect for bbq and time out with family and friends...different walkways to suit most people, even for wheelchair... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Port Gentil, Gabon
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Port Gentil, Gabon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely not to be missed when you are visiting Wellington...perfect for bbq and time out with family and friends...different walkways to suit most people, even for wheelchair users. The place is well kept and clean. So much to look at.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Experience life in the tree canopy for a very short while (could you think of extending this please?!), and see plenty of kaka and tui - especially lovely in the flowering kowhai tree. A lovely bush walking area where you get to see and hear native birds - something that is often rare elsewhere. Not sure why we have never... More 

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps this is Wellington's best kept secret. It's an oasis of native plants and birds that fly from the nearby and equally magnificent Zealandia. There are many walks in its hills that can be steep in places but are always wonderful. We regularly walk the Blue Track to pay our respects to the serene and majestic 800 year old Rimu... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

As I understand this is the only place that as only Native plants of New Zealand. It was lovely and many birds enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Its peaceful not far from the city. Birdlife is abundant and one can hear them singing in the bush. It has a lovely Nz fern section area as well as as walks to to Troup lawn where children can play or send sticks down the stream. There is also barbeque if you want to picnic

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I used to walk my dog in this area years ago. Now I visit and meander around this beautiful bush area when visiting Wellington. One can never tire of walking in this area. Loved the way it was lit during the NZ Arts Festival

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great place for a walk even in the rain as the bush shelters you from worst of weather. A variety of tracks for all abilities however need to be properly equipped in winter with proper footwear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Very interesting place/park with so many different and to us very strange plants and trees. Loads of ferns, of course, but also every other New Zealand plant that you can think of. Some paths are suited for children and older people, some are not. No entrance fee and it is a lovely quiet place - except for the tui which... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Dropped in for a quick walk in the weekend. Even in winter there is still lots of greenery, maybe not so many birds. If you are going to Zealandia, you might as well drop in here, it's close by and it's free. There is a visitor centre, toilets, reasonable parking and lovely views and native bush. Some of the paths... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Very nice walking and running trails. You can get to the Karori cemetery from here. Well marked and two different tracks available.

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