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Published April 22nd 2016
Stop and smell the roses
Sitting on 30.4 hectares of manicured lawns, with wide ranges of horticultural and botanical collections, New Zealand natives, collections of rare and endangered native plant species, romantic and quiet picnic spots and four hectares of Rhododendron Dell, the Dunedin Botanic Garden is one garden that certainly impresses!
One of the lovely fountains on display at the Gardens...
Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and it holds the status of Garden of International Significance and sits at an altitude of 25-85 metres above sea level, making the visit to this botanic garden even more special!
You will find amazing collections here from roses, the herbaceous, perennial borders, rock garden, native plants as well as spectacular hillside and flat land with hill views from sunny lawns, birdsongs ringing the air from wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. Also be sure to visit the aviary that showcases native and exotic birds.
There are more delightful displays that include the geographic plant collections which are an expression of the Victorian penchant and are quite striking with exhibits of plants from temperate climates of North Asia, the South, Central and North Americas, Southern Africa, the Himalayas and Mediterranean.
One of the many walking paths across the Gardens...
There is also a information centre and shop open from 10am-4pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday), The Winter Garden Glasshouse is open from 10am-4pm, The Alpine House is open from 9am-4pm and the Cafe is open from 9:30am-4:30pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).