Waqanki Orchid Center

Northern Highlands


This showcase garden replete with some 400 species of orchid growing in a beautiful forest is located 5km south of the 'City of Orchids.' Providing a wonderful natural alliance is an adjacent hummingbird garden where around 26 species of the tiny birds can be seen. Professional guides can take you round a 40-minute walking circuit or you can stroll alone.


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