Botanica Whangarei

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The Garden

 Botanica is a horticultural complex where the public can come and enjoy a colourful and exotic range of plants. The facility  includes, a heated conservatory for tropical plants, a cactus house, an extensive fernery, a small Japanese style garden and a shade garden area.

The origins of Botanica began in 1970 with the construction of the Snow Conservatory. This was later extended with the addition of the Marge Maddren Fernery in 1987. Today the complex has been extended with the development of a specialist filmy fern house and two small outdoor areas. The facility is operated and staffed by the Whangarei District Council on behalf of the Whangarei community.

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The Gardener

Botanica is staffed by a small team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardeners. There is always a staff member on site who can assist visitors with information about the gardens and plants.

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Garden Details

Address
2 First Avenue, Whangarei,
Email
botanica@wdc.govt.nz
Phone
64 9 430 4200 or 0274 770218
Contact Person
Helen Cairns
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Hours
Open every day from 9am to 4pm. Botanica is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day only.
Garden Size
The entire complex covers an area of about 1 acre. Because of the high density of interesting plants you may want to allow half an hour to one hour for your visit. Botanica adjoins Cafler Park which has a fine collection of specimen trees, a small rose garden and scented gardens, all in a park like setting, including a stream and welcoming picnic areas.
Price
Admission is free.
Brochure Available?
Available, also free postcards.
Parking
Off street parking at rear of complex. Also metered parking on roadside.
Toilets
Public toilets available at bridge entrance to Cafler Park.
Seating
Seating can be found throughout the complex, also in outdoor areas.
Picnics
Picnics are welcome, indoors or out.
Wheelchair Access
Available to all areas, also accessible to mobility scooters.
Dogs Allowed
No Dogs allowed, also no smoking or alcohol permitted on site.
Children Allowed
We welcome children. Parental supervision required if under 14yrs
Weddings
Available for hire at a small fee of $155 per hour. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 guests and can offer the use of a sound system, tables, chairs and basic kitchen facilities. (Sorry no food cooking/heating facilities available.)
Guided Tours
Available by arrangement.
Other Facilities

Wedding /Photography Hire

Available for hire at a small fee of $155 per hour. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 guests and can offer the use of a sound system, tables, chairs and basic kitchen facilities. (Sorry no food cooking/heating facilities available.)