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A national-scaled garden in the 64-hectare land located in Manurewa, South Auckland
Strolling in the Blooming Auckland Botanical Garden
In the area of New Zealand Native Plant Collection, the visitors, be it the youngsters and elders or the locals and tourists, are able to learn about over 200 species of native plants grew in New Zealand. Not only recognizing them by their names, you will also know how to identify the native plants through the size, color, and shape of their leaf, bark texture, flowers, fruit, and berries. Furthermore, you are also able to acquire the unique native plant to your home which is available on the market
Rose will never fail to make us sentimental as it has become the symbol of love, compassion, and loyalty, and so is the rose garden provided in Auckland Botanical Garden. Take a look at the Historic Garden where you can learn about a variety type of rose that has successfully survived on 3 years of trials for growing in the land of Auckland. On the other hand, you are able to relax in the quiet spot of Reflective Garden with the modern and heritage cultivars
Just like its name, Potter Children's Garden is specifically aimed for the kids who are able to learn about the relationships between humans, plants, animals, and insects and explore the misty rainforest, native wood pigeon (kereru), and the native püriri tree. Digging for grubs and finding out the big and little organisms living above the healthy soil are the kind of fun activities that the child visitors may try as well
In the section of Edible and Herb Garden, the visitors are able to learn how to grow fruit, vegetable, and herb in their own backyard. Many methods are taught by the instructor, such as growing in the raised boxes, pots, or recycled containers, making self-compost and fertilizers, and avoiding any artificial inputs (chemical fertilizers and chemical sprays) for healthier harvest. Not only for your own consumption, the plants are multipurpose as they can be used for medicine, insect repellent, dyes, cosmetics, and perfume as well
As a country with the deep root of South Africa, it is not bizarre that Auckland Botanical Garden provides a garden exclusively for the plants of rainbow country. Come to see the exotic variety of plant species, such as nerines, gerberas, acacia sieberiana, proteas, watsonias, strelitzias, freesias, daises, and leucodendrons. These plants may also become the inspiration for your home garden as they live well in poor soils and survive without much water needed
Quite contrast to the previous gardens, the visitor will discover the minuscule plants gathered in Rock Garden, namely as cacti and succulents which origin is from South Africa. Their unusual characteristics will impress you as they have the high level of adaptation in the harsh and different environments. Their quirky names such as palo borracho (the drunken stick), monkey no climb, silk floss tree, and dracaena draco (Dragon's Blood tree) are soon attached on your mind, and so are their striking visuals
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entry ticket because the access to Auckland Botanical Garden is free for all categories, be it the adults, kids, locals or tourists
How To Get Around?
Generally, the garden has such a massive area so everyone, including the people who have walking impairment, will be able to access the venue comfortably. However, there are several gardens and forest which limit the movement of walking impairment and wheelchair users
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear the outfits according to the season because the garden is accessible all the time. However, you are advised to bring rain coat and umbrella because the weather is often changed in a day from hot weather to raining or vice versa
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Auckland Botanical Garden all the time in a year. During spring and summer and Christmas day, you may visit the gardens from 8 am to 8 pm whereas during autumn and winter, you may come starting from 8 am to 6 pm. On the other hand, Visitor Centre and Café Miko open from 8 am to 4 pm on all seasons and closed on Christmas day
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you are able to explore Auckland Botanical Garden by yourself. However, there are instructors in every garden to explain about the plants on the area
How To Get There?
There are various transportation mode that you can use to go to Auckland Botanical Garden, such as train STH from Ogilvy or train EAST from Ellerslie, Rydges Auckland, and Auckland Domain, Grafton, bus 366 form Ogilvy, Dress Smart Mall, Ellerslie, Rydges Auckland, and Auckland Domain, Grafton, and bus 550 from Ellerslie and Auckland Domain, Grafton. If you ride your own car, you can ride on State Highway (SH1) and take exit at Takanini