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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  • August 21, 2017
    There is the botanic garden entrance which has some nice set out gardens and good views but the extra treasure is the native bush walks , there are some really long walks beside the stream and tracks ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Its free. That was a plus as we didn't have much time to spend here this time around. This is my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised. Choose your route if steps and hills are not for you but th...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    ..manicured, aromatic gardens and adventurous forests to explore. Will be going a few times I should think.  more »

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