Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand. It is a lovely place for a stroll through a range of gardens,
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Walking in the Dunedin Botanic Garden

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand. It is a lovely place for a stroll through a range of gardens, in a native forest setting. From the formal garden beds to the hillside native forest, the 28 hectares contain over 6,800 plant species. In 2010 it was recognised as a Garden of International Signficance for its excellence as a public garden as well as for its botanical collections.

The beautiful Edwardian Winter Garden Glasshouse - containing tropicals, sub-tropicals, cacti and succulents - is a feature of the flat lower botanic garden. For a hands-on experience, the herb garden provides a delightful array of scents and textures as well as information on traditional uses for herbs. Nearby are the formal rose garden and camellia collection. Lindsay Creek rambles alongside the rock garden which basks in afternoon sun.

Crossing the creek, well formed paths lead to the native plant collection, which includes threatened plants, alpine and wetland plants as well as native forest species. Adjacent to the native plant collection in the upper botanic garden is the geographic collection with plants from Africa, America, Asia and Australia. From its earliest days, Dunedin Botanic Garden has featured a renowned Rhododendron Dell.

The Dunedin Botanic Garden experience is rounded out by beautiful hillside views, sunny manicured lawns, a bird aviary displaying native and exotic birds, information centre selling postcards and a café.

The garden is located in North Dunedin, just over two kilometres from the Octagon. A regular bus service operates from the city centre to the north end past the botanic garden.

The garden is open daily from dawn till dusk and entry is free.


Featured Dunedin Botanic Garden Events

Plant Propagation and Nursery Open Day

Plant Propagation and Nursery Open Day

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Sunday 28 May 2017

Always wondered what’s behind the big fence? Come along and check out the propagation house! There will be tours of the different plant areas and things to do for the kids, including a plant quiz and colouring... More...

Natural Creations Workshop

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Education Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Sunday 28 May 2017

Using the natural materials supplied, children can let their imaginations go wild making inspired creations from materials like cones, leaves and twigs. Children must be actively supervised by a caregiver... More...

Flax/Harakeke Weaving Workshop

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Ethnic, Multicultural Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Sunday 28 May 2017

Introduction to the art of raranga (weaving) with Lucy Smith. This workshop will teach you about Tikanga (protocols) around harvesting and care of flax plants. You’ll also learn how to make flax flowers. Please... More...

HortTalk - Interesting Plants In Interesting Places

HortTalk - Interesting Plants In Interesting Places

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 2 June 2017

HortTalk - Interesting Plants in Interesting Places by Lisa Burton, Programme Manager Horticulture and Arboriculture, Otago Polytechnic. Lisa and her camera recently visited beautiful gardens in Australia, South... More...

HortTalk - Encouraging Monarch Butterflies: What We Can Do

HortTalk - Encouraging Monarch Butterflies: What We Can Do

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 7 July 2017

HortTalk - Encouraging Monarch Butterflies: what we can do in our own gardens by Jennifer Bradshaw, Monarch Butterfly Trust Learn about the lifecycle and ways of Monarch butterflies, their relationship to the... More...

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