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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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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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Although close to city a chance to expereince bush trails

Taken by a friend who lives in Wellington or we would not have know about the place. Once you get walking up the trails it is as though you are in the bush. Some of the trails are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taken by a friend who lives in Wellington or we would not have know about the place. Once you get walking up the trails it is as though you are in the bush. Some of the trails are steep with a lot of climbing so not for the less mobile. It was a good opportunity to see a variety of... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really great walks, beautifully maintained, good facilities. A real oasis on the edge of a residential area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walk through this bush on dirt trails covered in the canopy of ancient species, revel in the sounds of the bird life, a meditative experience.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Just 15 minutes from the city, the Otari-Wilton's Bush gardens are a top notch place for a little outdoor adventure, whilst spotting native birds, looking for eels in the stream and checking out some of the incredible views across Wellington from the highpoints. There are a selection of trails on offer from super easy short walks to longer 2 hour... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

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 17 February 2017

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

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 3 February 2017

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 February 2017

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 11 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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