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public garden

Botanica Whangarei

2 First Avenue, Whangarei

Overview

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 shaded 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.

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.

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.

Weddings

Available for hire at a small fee of $75 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.)

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.)

Info

  • Price
    Admission is free.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking at the rear of the complex. Also metered parking on the roadside.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Available to all areas, also accessible to mobility scooters.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs allowed, also no smoking or alcohol permitted on site.
  • Picnics
    Picnics are welcome, indoors or out.
  • Children allowed?
    We welcome children. Parental supervision required if under 14yrs.
  • Toilets?
    Public toilets are available at bridge entrance to Cafler Park.
  • Seating
    Seating can be found throughout the complex, also in outdoor areas.
  • Guided Tours
    Available by arrangement.

Map

2 First Avenue, Whangarei