Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

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Just a short distance from the city center, Dunedin Botanic Garden serves as a quiet retreat for locals and visitors alike. New Zealand's oldest botanic garden, it encompasses a number of elegant turn-of-the-century structures, including a fountain from 1890 and iron gates from 1907. The popular Edwardian conservatory features a tropical house, subtropical collection, and cacti and succulents display. Take your time strolling through the garden's winding paths to reveal an herb garden, aviary, and over 100 different species of rhododendrons. Those traveling with kids won't want to miss the duck pond and children's playground. To visit Dunedin Botanic Garden and get the most from your holiday in Dunedin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dunedin attractions planning website .
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  • This free garden is worth a look around - the colourful floral border was lovely. Much nicer than the gardens at Larnach Castle which you have to pay for! That said, it's not as impressive as other NZ...  more »
  • Only had 20 minutes to explore but made it they the main Garden. Nice gift shop and lots of activities for kids.  more »
  • Lovely part of a cruise excursion. Wish we had had more time. It is a beautiful park with thoughtful groupings of plants and flowers. The colors are spectacular and gave us a chance to get some great ...  more »
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  • An amazing adventure through winding paths of exploring geographically themed gardens. Pleasant surprises of flora and fauna around every corner. One of the most inspiring botanical gardens in the world I've seen. Well done Dunedin.
  • Smallish botanic garden in Dunedin. Beautifully laid out with lots of plant and tree samples. They also have a really nice small greenhouse an aviary and a cafe where you can grab a bite. If you want to keep the kids busy, bring a bit of bread or some seeds and have them feed the ducks at the pond. If you start from the lower garden, bring your climbing gear to get up to the aviary because they forgot to mention that not only does Dunedin have the steepest street in the world but they have the steepest botanic garden too
  • I love the Dunedin botanical gardens. The gardens always have something to look at everyday of the year and is so beautiful to watch the different plants and gardens transition throughout the seasons. I love how they have themed gardens and how they have gardens of different countries/continents.
  • Great place to just have a look around. There is a playground, aviary, and lots more. Great views and scenery from the top of the hill. Lots of walking to do, though.
  • Loads of open space to walk around, great for kids and familys. Has a cafe in the main lower area. There is a duck pond that houses lots and lots of ducks and pidgins. You can get free seeds and grain to feed them from the information centre next to the cafe. Up towards the hill there is a rock garden with seats everywhere. Further up the hill there is an aviary with a range of birds. There is large grass areas perfect for picnics or fish n chips. Huge trees and paths the go for ages are towards the top of the gardens. Over the road there are sport grounds, another small forest walk way pathed areas and a cemetery. All in all the gardens are large and very varied. Good spot to take kids and family members or to take a pizza and eat alone ;) enjoy your time and don’t get locked in at 9:30pm.

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