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“Great native bush”

Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
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$561.43*
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Wellington City Scenic Private Tour
Ranked #22 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Wellington
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great native bush”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great free botanic garden. It is in Wilton, so a bit harder to get to, but well worth it. Visited regularly by locals. Not as commercial as the Karori Santuary (Zelandia).

Visited March 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Just out of town”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A nice oasis for a hot day. Interesting because amny of the planr species are labelled and not from this area.

Visited February 2013
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Llantwit Major
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely gardens/ woodland to walk round”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We've only visited this once. Well worth it. Went by bus. Can't remember whether we had to pay to visit the gardens. If I remember rightly, there were self service machines for refreshments but don't remember a cafe there which would've been very handy. Having said that the staff were very helpful, one of the volunteers offered to run us to a nearby cafe if we wanted. Well worth a visit, very relaxing & stunning walks.

Visited January 2013
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Cambridge, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
738 reviews
512 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“I enjoyed visiting this place”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Really enjoyed visiting this place. It is a little gem hidden away. Good easy walking, suitable for all ages. Take your time and enjoy the scenery

Visited August 2012
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“a lovely walk in nature close to city”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Only 15 mins drive from the city centre in the western suburbs and you can be in beautiful native forest with the sound of tui's and other NZ native birds - all for free. This is a beautiful part of Wellington. The walks are gentle or hilly and vigorous - whatever you might want. Also there are garden parts where native plants have been landscaped to show the varieties of one type and a small high treetops walkway which allows you to see the trees at canopy level. If you wait around you might see the birds feeding on berries or whatever is in season. The walks are sheltered so that in a strong Wellington wind you can walk there in relative calm and shelter. There is a picnic area with BBQ's provided.

Visited May 2013
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