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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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Simply beautiful

I've lived in Wellington for over 27 years and I have only ever explored a small part of this park. Having decided to do Steptember this month (10,000 steps a day) I decided to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carolyn S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in Wellington for over 27 years and I have only ever explored a small part of this park. Having decided to do Steptember this month (10,000 steps a day) I decided to check the trails out. I am now hooked!!! I simply can not believe that I have not experienced this absolutely beautiful place before. Why spend money... More 

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Thank Carolyn S
Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is basically a bush walk. Not appropriate for wheelchairs. You can work up a sweat here and has a lovely spot at the bottom for a picnic, to dip your feet in the water and even a game of badminton. Pure nature. Be sure to read the history posts along the way. Amazing history. Would go good with Zelandia... More 

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Thank Wayne P
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for bush walks in the city. There are a series of interconnected tracks up in the hills that are a moderately challenging walk, but anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and appropriate footwear would be fine. There's also the circuit track which is suitable for buggies, though it has some steep parts.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Otari-Wilton's Bush is a free botanical garden focused purely on native plants. It's a great walking area with lots of path options for varying fitness levels incl walks with young kids. There are picnic/BBQ areas and toilet facilities too. With Zealandia not far away there's bird life a plenty in this part of Wellington, Kaka's are often heard overhead. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 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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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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