Enjoy exploring Auckland Botanical Gardens
- 2km walk around the gardens
- Stop at the cafe for lunch or morning/after tea.
About the Experience
Located on Hill Street, Manurewa, the Auckland Botanic Gardens occupies 64 hectares (156 acres) of land with 10 hectares of native forest.
There are many areas of the gardens to explore. From mid-November to the beginning of March the garden hosts a biennial Sculpture in the Gardens. This free event is a great opportunity to see large-scale artworks from New Zealand’s best-known and up-and-coming sculptors on a 2km sculpture trail throughout the Gardens.
The sculpture trail is well planned so that you can wander around the gardens and appreciate all the new developments that have happened since you last visited.
We recommend you go early-ish to avoid the crowds and the heat of the day, spend an hour and a half or so wandering around exploring, and then end up at Cafe Miko for a coffee and perhaps a treat.
Opening Hours of the Garden
Free entry Open every day
Gardens 8.00am - 8.00pm
Visitor Centre 8.00am - 4.30pm
Parking: There is a main car-park on the left as you enter the gardens. There are additional carparks if the main one is full.
Accessibility: There are eight designated accessible car parks located within the main car park. You can use a personal wheelchair or mobility scooter within the Gardens.
There are wheelchairs and mobility scooters available at no charge. Bookings are recommended for weekends or during summer when visitation is high, phone 09 267 1457. More details here
To the Gardens: The Bus Stop at 117 Hill Road is a 1-minute walk from the gardens. 366 Bus Service from Manukau or from Manurewa Train Station
From the Gardens: Bus Stop at 100 Hill Road for the 366 bus
Toilets: Toilets are located in the main block near the cafe.
Additional Things to Do: The garden offers additional walks and trails as well as classes and special events see http://www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz/whats-on/.
The edible garden offers inspiration for your vegetable at home.
Closeby is Totara Park which borders the gardens.
Playgrounds/Child-Friendly: The garden is child-friendly. Cafe Miko as a small play area in the form of a boat that children can climb on beside the outdoor seating.
What to bring with you: Water bottle, sunscreen, light raincoat, warm clothing (winter visits).