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Top garden recommendations from locals

Botanical Garden
“The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com”
  • 157 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Such an interesting place, has something to interest everyone. "With daily Māori cultural performances and internationally significant Māori and Pacific collections to explore, the Auckland Museum is a must-see place to experience our rich culture. Auckland Museum is housed in an historical building within a tranquil park which has beautiful views of the harbour. It is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand's history and stories. Since 1929, the Museum has also served as place of remembrance for the many Aucklanders who have sacrificed their lives in war. Whether you have an hour spare or a whole day, you will gain a deep understanding of New Zealand culture and heritage by visiting the iconic Auckland Museum!"”
  • 156 locals recommend
Garden
“The Hamilton Gardens are definitely worth visiting, themed gardens and much more you can easily spend a few hours here!”
  • 119 locals recommend
Park
“Get a taste of geothermal activity on our doorsteps. only 5 minutes away and free of charge. you cant beat it. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Fantastic little area of native bush amongst the suburbs of Wellington. Great bird life too. Probably easiest to get there by car although it is also on a bus route. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Garden
“Home to the most photographed building in NZ The historic Bathouse. It’s a 15 minute walk away and it’s a free city garden.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Garden
“Dove-Myer Robinson Park, more commonly known as the Parnell Rose Garden, is a park containing a rose garden in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Garden
“⋒ Best visited when the sun it out as there's a lot to explore. Cafe on sight (but it isn't great)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. It incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Celtic and Maori starlore. Built on the same scale as Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England. Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica. It is a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. In this awe-inspiring place, people young and old can explore the mysteries of our past and learn how early cultures, including New Zealand Maori, used the Sun, Moon and stars for life and survival.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Garden
“Soak up the atmosphere of this stunningly landscaped garden and unique homestead. Tūpare has recently earned the NZ Gardens Trust highest six-star rating - a distinction shared only by 13 other locations nationally. A peaceful and beautiful setting to walk around, you can visit the homestead and have high tea at The Chapman-Taylor house Tūpare’s distinctive Chapman-Taylor designed house is a great example of the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. The Friends of Tūpare host free public tours at 11am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from October to March. Group tours at other times can be organised on request. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Garden
“A lovely place to spend some time with the flowers and birds and breath the fresh air.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Garden
“Five acres of paradise! With a playground, picnic areas, Beverage Can Museum, friendly hand fed birds and fish, turtles, fountains, waterfalls, waterwheels and more. Fully pathed and wheelchair accesssible.”
  • 1 local recommends
Botanical Garden
“Recognised by the NZ Gardens Trust as a 'Garden of Significance', the Bason Botanic Gardens is set in 25 hectares of landscaped countryside and includes one of the most extensive public garden orchid collections in New Zealand. There are a mix of gardens from Stanley and Blanche’s old homestead garden to the Arboretum, Woodlands, Exotic and Native areas. The Lakeside Flats are used to host events such as Shakespeare In the Park. Large open areas and the free gas barbeques have made Bason Botanic Gardens a very popular place. www.basonbotanicgardens.org.nz ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“They have a miniature train track that operates every 2nd and 4th weekend from 10-4pm. So if you don't want to be surrounded by heaps of train enthusiasts - young and old - best avoid those times. Otherwise you can walk or run along the tracks within the park.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Garden
“Walk up to the Tower to lookout over the Riverloop and town. The tower is lit up at night also. ”
  • 1 local recommends