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

Train Rides

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

From Saturday 26 April 2014 to Sunday 27 April 2014

Enjoy a ten minute train ride around the lower Botanic Garden. Tuesday – Thursday 10.30am – 3.30pm Weekends & Public Holidays 10.30am - 4pm Weather dependent Entry adults $3, children (3-16 years) $1,... More...

Sunday Sounds - Otago Symphonic Band

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Sunday 27 April 2014

Come and enjoy the final Sunday Sounds concert of the season. The Otago Symphonic Band uses a variety of wind instruments to perform musical styles as diverse as classical, folk, jazz, big band and pop. Sunday 27... More...

HortTalk: Transient gardens for uprooted lives

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

Friday 2 May 2014

Tracey Frisby, Horticulture Student, Otago Polytechnic. Renting can be a deterrent to working in a garden when you may have to leave it behind. Be inspired by Tracey’s tips for creating beautiful container gardens that... More...

HortTalk: Local Food: Passing Fad Or Secure Future?

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 6 June 2014

Andy Barratt, Karitane small farmer. With a growing interest in natural food, a community of locals is establishing a parallel economy to connect growers and consumers. Friday 6 June | 12 noon | Free... More...

HortTalk: The Challenge

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 4 July 2014

Samuel Mann, Associate Professor in Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic. This is the goal Otago Polytechnic set itself and, as one of the main proponents, Samuel Mann is the go-to-guy for sustainability being a... More...

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