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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  • These are the best botanic gardens I’ve seen in NZ. We visited the rhododendron dell (gorgeous), the cedar of Lebanon area, the dry gardens, the Australian gardens (great colour), the very nice rose g...  more »
  • Took some time on a hot day to get to the gardens but it was well worth it. There are themed areas all round which concentrate naturally on native plants. Lots of ferns and trees with some great age t...  more »
  • We visited on a beautiful spring day, and really enjoyed our visit. The rhododendrons were in full bloom, and looked amazing. In fact there were many plants in flower and the garden also has a selecti...  more »
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  • What a great way to spend 3-4 hours. Info centre has free food to feed the ducks especially designed to keep Seagulls away. Several long walks with plenty to see. An aviary with rhododendrons and herbs etc. A really cool cactus area also. Children's play area as well. It's set on a hill so some of the walking is uphill, Mount be too much for the elderly or those pushing a buggy.
  • Really enjoyed the days outing here. Kids loved the playground, aviary and train rides. Lovely sitting in the sun above the rock gardens. Very well maintained gardens. Parking is a little hard to find but there is plenty of it.
  • Awesome ride on the community train. Paddling in water fountain. Lovely walk through the gardens
  • To be fair, we didn’t see all of it because we were too tired to walk up all the hills. The Peter Pan statues and the aviary were worth a look but the overall impression lacked a Wow factor; we’ve been spoiled by our local Hamilton Gardens
  • Easy access from town. Pram and wheelchair friendly. Duck ponds with lots of hungry ducks. The playground is well maintained. You can choose to visit upper garden or lower garden plus other places e.g Aviary. Heaps of free car park available.

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