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,
Dunedin Botanic Garden - Lower 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

HortTalk: Plant Symbolism

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

Friday 3 October 2014

Janice Lord, Curator of Otago Herbarium and Senior Lecturer in Botany, University of Otago. Plants can be deeply symbolic of human emotions, qualities and identity. Janice presents an ecologist’s overview of how, and... More...

HortTalk: Ready for the Future

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

Friday 7 November 2014

Alan Matchett, Team Leader (Curator), Dunedin Botanic Garden. Although Dunedin Botanic Garden is a Garden of International Significance, its engine room badly needed replacing. Hear about the how the commissioning of... More...

Exhibition - 100 Years of the Rhododendron Dell

Exhibitions - Photography Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

From Saturday 18 October 2014 to Friday 28 November 2014

An exhibition of photos and text, celebrating the history of this celebrated gem. More...

Go Fishing for Plants

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Family & Lifestyle Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Sunday 19 October 2014

Intriguing plants, bargains, atmosphere, inspiration and expert advice – all at the Friends of Dunedin Botanic Garden’s plant sales. Take this rare opportunity to access plants from the common to the quirky, from the... More...

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