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Auckland Botanic Gardens
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Owner description: "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.
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great for short or long visits, day or evening, wet or dry, hot or cold. Great cafe, library, shelters, help and knowledge base. Summer sculpture festival very innovative and interesting in works and locations in garden chosen. Great for private picnics and walks.

Thank Zavija
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"rose garden"
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"native plants"
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"southern motorway"
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"water features"
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"interesting sculptures"
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

It's hard to believe that this is so close to SH1. Free entry to a really well laid out garden. Sadly we only had time for an hour's visit, but there are native plant areas, perennial borders, rock gardens, woods, large grassy open spaces and plenty of water. A really lovely place to visit to relax and unwind.

Thank Maria L
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We visited on a Sunday morning, mid summer. It was very busy and at first I thought there was an event on as there were so many people and it was difficult to find a carpark. However, there was no event - it was just super busy.

Sculptures in the Gardens was great - some weird and wonderful exhibits and you could vote for your favourite.

The gardens are huge and laid out with easy walking paths, both gravelled and paved. You can also easily walk across the grass, although it may be too wet in winter. Everything is well maintained and I was impressed by the size of the place and the variety of plants and flowers. Even if you aren't into gardening, it was a fabulous place for a Sunday walk - we came across the West Highland Terrier club, complete with around 30 of the little dogs.

There are a variety of garden spaces from a children's garden, native garden, roses, edible garden and a huge lake area. The edible garden was great and it had an enclosed courtyard which had signs up letting you know which veges to plant in each corner of the garden (eg north facing, south facing etc). Very useful.

There were lots of people there, although this was really only noticeable in the carpark and in the visitor centre. We wanted to eat in the cafe but gave up, the queue was too long. It looked like a great place though. There was a coffee cart, again with a very long queue - at least 20 minutes. So I suggest you bring your own food and drink. Plenty of people had picnics, rugs and even a couple of birthday parties, complete with cakes.

All in all, a great place to visit on a summer's day.

Thank kiwipippa
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

A nice garden to wander around, and when they have the sculpture exhibition it's good...but it's not as interesting as the Hamilton Gardens and it should be given Auckland's size. I would rate it between 3 and 4 stars.

Thank Stjerne1
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

A beautifully maintained and structured garden of differing themes. Really liked the edible garden with unusual plants I hadn't seen before! There are waterways too with ducks and eels to feed.

It was very busy the day we visited but there is plenty of room for everyone so you won't feel crowded. There was an exhibition of sculptures throughout the gardens as well. Some quite quirky, others kiwi themed or just beautiful.

There are seats dotted around the gardens if you need a rest or to take in the views. It is sign posted if areas are suitable for wheelchair access or not.

I'd suggest bringing your sun hat and a picnic and make a day out of it. There is a cafe on site but it was really busy so we couldnt be bothered queuing.

There were lots of families with young ones who were really enjoying the day. But we visited as a couple and we enjoyed our day too. I'm not into gardening but it was easy to appreciate these beautiful gardens.

Thank L G
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