Auckland Botanic Gardens


This 64-hectare park has more than 10,000 plants (including threatened species), dozens of themed gardens and an infestation of wedding parties. By car, take the Southern Motorway, exit at Manurewa and follow the signs. Otherwise take the train to Manurewa ($12.50, 43 minutes) and then walk along Hill Rd (1.5km).

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1. Rainbow’s End

1.82 MILES

It's a bit dull by international standards, but Rainbow's End has enough rides (including a corkscrew roller coaster) to keep the kids happy all day.

2. Stardome

10.32 MILES

Near the excellent children’s playground, this observatory offers regular stargazing and planetarium shows that aren’t dependent on Auckland’s fickle…

3. One Tree Hill

10.38 MILES

Maungakiekie was the largest and most spiritually significant Māori pā (fortified village) prior to British arrival. At the top of this volcanic cone (at…

4. The Arts House Trust

10.48 MILES

Housed in a gorgeous 1879 mansion with views to One Tree Hill and the Manukau Harbour, this arts centre is endowed with contemporary NZ art from an…

5. Achilles Point Lookout

11.88 MILES

A great vantage point for gazing over Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Traditional Māori carvings honour important historical chiefs.

6. Eden Garden

12.17 MILES

On Mt Eden's rocky eastern slopes, this mature garden is noted for its camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

7. Highwic

12.18 MILES

A marvellous Carpenter Gothic house (1862), sitting amid lush, landscaped grounds.

8. Mt Eden

12.22 MILES

From the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m), the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep) is known as…