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“Very charming”

Dunedin Botanic Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance. ArbNet, the global network for tree-focussed professionals, has accredited the Botanic Garden as level III. The Camellia Collection is rated as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. The Botanic Garden celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, marking its position as New Zealand's first botanic garden. It occupies 30.4 hectares in North Dunedin at an altitude of 25 - 85 metres above sea level. The Garden has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. Its wide range of horticultural and botanical collections includes roses, the herbaceous and perennial borders, a rock garden, New Zealand native plants and four hectares of Rhododendron Dell with more than 3,000 rhododendrons. An important aspect of The New Zealand Native plant collection is the cultivation of rare and endangered native plant species. The geographic plant collections are an expression of the Victorian penchant for collection and growing plants from all around the world and displaying them in related groups. This collection has plants from temperate climates of North Asia, the South, Central and North Americas, Southern Africa, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean.
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very charming”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

We spent the better part of the day there with our two-year old and we loved it. Small but very well done with a great rose house and playground for kids. Not a reason to go to Dunedin but if you are there it is worth a stop.

Visited December 2012
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Very pleasant”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

The Botanic Gardens are a very relaxing, well laid out walk for a few hours. We had a mid morning snack there to day in the brilliant sunshine at the Mediterranean garden and it was just perfect.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful, with a lovely range of spaces and species!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Really loved this place - especially its range of more structured, formal gardens and then a lot of space where you can get nicely lost amongst ferns and trees! The cafe staff were very friendly, too - both times I visited - and I like the vibe of the gardens.

Visited December 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“a breathing space”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is a very attractive spot with magnificent specimen trees and shrubs, just a 15 minute walk from the City near the University. It's a pleasant downhill stroll into Dunedin and there's rather a good aviary on the way. Nice place to chill out and eat a picnic.

Visited February 2012
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

we had a brief visit to the Botanic gardens to see the rhodedendrons - they were absolutely stunning, trees and bushes in all colours. the gardens are beautifully maintained and we would have like d to spend longer seeing more of them

Visited November 2012
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