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“Fantastic Bush reserve” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
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$630.69*
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Wellington City Scenic Private Tour
Ranked #19 of 229 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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Wellington, New Zealand
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Bush reserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

I have been to Otari Wilson bush many times. It is a picturesque spot with lots of native bush, and a number of walks through the park. There is some parking but not a lot. There is an informative visitors centre and the public toilets are clean.

While there are other bush walks/parks that you have to pay for, I personally feel that Otari is just as nice a park and free.

Visited February 2014
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lots of birds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Nice walks, lots of birds, lovely regrown native forest. Has grown a lot in the last few years. Info in the fernery is really interesting.

Visited January 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Suburban native tree and plant garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've been there several times with different groups - school trips, picnics, with our homestays and with my children. There are several highlights - the native NZ garden, the information centre, the walkway above the trees, the fern garden, and the oldest tree in the garden - a kauri tree. It's a great place to take visitors to show them how the trees in Wellington used to look. I love the Chatman Island forget-me-nots with their glossy leaves and blue flowers.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Pure NZ bush”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

An amazing botanic garden completely dedicated to native flora. Be in the middle of unspoiled nature at only three km from the city center.

Visited January 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great for a roam....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We venture here regularly as we live nearby and love the easy access to gorgeous bush walks and picnic spots. The bird life is abundant, tracks well maintained and perfect for a roam in native bush not too far from the city to escape the hustle and bustle. There are BBQs to use at the Troop lawn, waterfall and a good place to spot glow worms at night.

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