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“Beautiful native forest reserve”

Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
Ranked #22 of 237 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is one of Wellington's best attractions. It is really easy to get to, it is free, and it has walkways and tracks of varying difficulty to suit all visitors. There is a great range of native plants here, and if you are observant, you will almost certainly spot native birds and insects. It is also a curated, living native plant museum with small areas planted with a wide range of native species, including some rare plants. One of the features is a canopy walkway that crosses a deep gully next to the information centre off Wilton Road. You just have to stroll along, and suddenly you are at tree top height, looking out over the forest canopy. There is a popular picnic area in the bottom of the valley, which is sheltered from wind and has a small stream running through it. The picnic area has coin-operated barbeques for those who would like to cook some lunch.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Well maintained walking tracks for all levels, beautiful surroundings and lots of native birdlife. A great place to spend a few hours.

Thank Rachel C
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This is a lovely spot for a day trip. However, we went after dark to see glow worms! There are places that have more of the intriguing creatures but this has easy access and makes for a quick trip.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

If you like lush vegetation and medium to long walks this is a nice place to visit. This is not a Zoo so beware.

Thank travelguy1969
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

peaceful native walks. you can have bbqs in the flat area down the bottom of the park.lots of walks to pick from.the birds are plentiful

Thank nissancar3
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