Auckland Botanic Gardens is a young garden with a distinct South Pacific flavour. The climate in
Auckland is a paradise for plants and our gardens celebrate the best that can be grown here.
Start your visit at our Huakaiwaka visitor centre to enjoy the café, seasonal displays, exhibitions,
garden information, friendly staff and panoramic views. Then head out and explore our glorious
Stroll collections of natives and exotics in a gentle landscape complemented by lakes.
Visit the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden, see some of New Zealand's rarest native plants,
take in the delights of the African Garden, smell the roses, and explore our rich collections. From Spring Blossom Valley to the Perennial Garden’s summer blooms, from autumnal trees to the
Camellia and Magnolia gardens brightening winter days there is always something to delight and
restore your senses.
Look out for our growing collection of large-scale outdoor sculpture that reflect and complement the
plantings. Every second summer we host the hugely popular Sculpture in the Gardens, featuring
works from New Zealand's finest artists.
Our passionate team of horticultural experts work to help people engage with plants and gardening.
We aim to share the beauty and fascinating lives of plants and to highlight their importance in
Only 20 minutes from the city or airport the Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.
Where Ideas Grow.
Our team are extremely knowledgeable about plants and are passionate about connecting our visitors to plants and gardens. As horticultural experts, our role is to help people engage with plants and gardens and to highlight their importance in everyday life. We run regular workshops and drop-in sessions where our staff can give expert advice and tips to our visitors.
Our beautiful and diverse plantings cover 64 hectares (156 acres) of land, including 10 hectares of native forest.
If it’s a special day, where better to spend it than at Auckland Botanic Gardens. There are three wedding sites that offer unique vistas and experiences. The sites vary in size and garden backdrops servicing from 25 guests in our smallest site and up to 120 guests in our larger site. If you are holding your ceremony or reception at the gardens, you are welcome to use the grounds for photography and don't need to pay a photography fee.
There is always something new to see and do at the Gardens! Keep an eye on our calendar for all events, including displays, gardening workshops, holiday programmes and family events.
We have a variety of outdoor sites suitable for sporting, music or cultural events.
The library is run by a group of passionate volunteers and is open to the public 11 am-3 pm and usually on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday* – or by appointment. We also have a reading room full of the latest home and gardening magazines for your reading pleasure. The reading room is open daily!
Opened in April 2005, the name Huakaiwaka was bestowed on the visitor centre by local Tangata Whenua – named for the ancestor of the Te Waiohua people. Huakaiwaka features the integration of artworks and landscaping in its overall design. The entrance, with its vast wall of stone on one side and concrete on the other, is over a wide bridge spanning a water feature.
The Auckland Botanic Gardens are situated right next to the Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) on 102 Hill Road, Manurewa.
The gardens are approximately 25km from the city. Travel south on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exiting the motorway at the Manurewa/Hill Road exit (exit 451). Turn left onto Hill Road, the main entrance to the gardens is the first driveway on the left. Travelling north on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exit the motorway at the Takanini exit (exit 453) then turn left onto Great South Road and drive towards Manurewa. Turn right at the lights onto Alfriston Road. Follow Alfriston Road then turn left at Claude Road and continue until it connects with Hill Road. Turn right onto Hill Road and drive past the traffic lights, the entrance to the Gardens is the first driveway on your left after the lights.