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“A delightful spot for all the family”

Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
Ranked #23 of 236 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 4, 2008

This Botanic Garden and Forest reserve is 10 minutes drive or a short bus trip from Wellington city centre. There is off street parking. Entry is free. No food is available for sale. The area has 100 hectares of forest made up of original and regenerating conifer forest. There are 11 kilometres of walking tracks through forest and parkland. You can stroll along some of the shorter walks or along the 75 metre canopy walkway located 18 metres above the forest floor. Close to the information centre are the fernery, alpine, rock and wild gardens and the cabbage tree lawn. If you are a bit fitter and don't have wheelchairs or strollers you can walk down to the picnic areas and follow the creek, the Circular Walk or the Nature trail. More serious walkers can follow the trails which go into the forest and past the 800 year old Rimu or the flax clearing. This is a wonderful place, especially on a hot day. You make a short or extended visit. It was a lovely surprise on our last visit to Wellington. As it is near to Karori you can combine the two in one day.

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