Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, Wellington

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Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to New Zealand native plants. It is located in Wellington's suburb of Wilton.OverviewOtari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to New Zealand native plants.This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest, and five hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.Otari–Wilton's Bush is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. It is also one of the Founding Gardens of the Trust.Otari-Wilton's Bush is owned and managed by Wellington City Council.Entry is free, and is open daily between sunrise and sunset. The Te Marae o Tane Information Centre is open 8.00am - 4.00pm daily.Located only 5 km from the city centre, at 160 Wilton Road . You can either drive from the city and park at the main public car park is at the Wilton Road entrance, or take the No 14 Wilton bus from Lambton Quay to Otari-Wilton's Bush. Public parking is also available off Churchill Drive.Wheelchair-friendly paths run from the main carpark to the Information Centre, over the Canopy Walkway, and to Cockayne Lookout. A step-free path runs from the Churchill Drive carpark along the Kaiwharawhara streamside to the Troup Picnic Lawn.HistoryOtari-Wilton's Bush was originally covered with podocarp broadleaf forest. The name “Otari” is Māori for “Place of Snares”. The forest was a good place for bird hunting. When the region was colonized by Europeans, trees were removed for timber, and to create farmland.
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  • Otari is a lovely place to visit. There are plenty of options of short strolls and longer walks further into the bush, and a large picnic area too. There are always lots of Kereru. Fantails, Tui, Grey...  more »
  • They have dedicated pathways and tracks throughout the gardens. Suited to different levels of fitness and abilities, short walks and longer more challening treks through the forest to the big old rimu...  more »
  • Let's face it, most visitors to New Zealand don't know much about its native plants and this is a good place to start to learn more. Easy circular trails (max 40 minutes) follow the contours of the re...  more »

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