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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden

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Address: 160 Wilton Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-499 1400
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Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public...

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants.

The Garden is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

Just a 10-minute drive from the CBD or take the no. 14 bus bound for Wilton and get off at the Warwick St/Wilton Rd stop. Tell the bus driver and they will be sure to stop.

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Bush (forest) oasis near the city

Fifteen minutes from town on a No 14 bus (or five minutes from where I live) this beautifully preserved area of native bush on the northern hills of Wellington I often take for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fifteen minutes from town on a No 14 bus (or five minutes from where I live) this beautifully preserved area of native bush on the northern hills of Wellington I often take for granted. But overseas visitors marvel at its variety of walks from 30 minutes to several hours. The level of fitness required can range from a level track... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A really good free activity suitable for all fitness from light walks to harder walks. Up close with NZ wildlife

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Reserve is the only remaining area in Wellington that predates European settlement. It is so beautiful to walk through, you could almost imagine seeing dinosaurs wandering around! Really makes you feel like you are deep in some New Zealand bushland with the wonderful bird song and ferns as far as your eyes can see. It does get quite cold... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here from Wellington. The footpath routes are clearly marked and there is an indication of how each will take, and also true nature and difficulty of each track and trail. It is a lovely tranquil reserve, with the native NZ plants trees and ferns clearly labelled. There are interesting rockeries and alpine plants . Our route took us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a matter of minutes, you can leave behind the office buildings in the city and find yourself alone (or mostly alone) in the bush. A beautiful place to recharge. You can start at the visitors/information centre, but my favourite walk is via the Wilton Bush Road entrance (off Churchill Drive). One moment you're on a fairly busy suburban road,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I never knew this existed until today but is well worth a visit. Well maintained trails, beautiful fernery, excellent information boards concerned primarily with conservation. I highly recommend a visit. You can spend from 30 minutes to half a day walking the 10km of trails and enjoying the picnic areas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Nestled in the mountains just outside Wellington is the Otari-Wilton Botanic Garden. Filled with interesting species - often times detailed with a sign - this Garden has extensive paths and elevated walking ramps throughout the property. This is a beautiful and scenic area and should not be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Loved this garden. Beautiful hikes, birds, views, quiet. Very few people. Felt like we had it to ourselves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I would not have missed seeing this as it taught me a great deal about the early vegetation of these incredible islands. A must visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Walked this place twice during my 2 weeks stay in Wellington. Very rewarding view from the top but might need shoe with good grip if the path gets muddy.

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