The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand’s first botanic garden and boasts more than 6800 plant species and the birdsong of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui. The garden sprawls across 28 hectares. The information centre is open daily from 10am till 4pm and there is a cafe and winter garden glasshouse next door. A bridge across the river leads you uphill through pockets of bush to the more naturalistic upper garden. The Rhododendron Dell and Native Plant Collection are visitor favourites along with the aviary. Access to the garden is free of charge
Dunedin Botanic Garden/Dunedin Botanic Garden
At more than 150 years old, this is New Zealand‘s first botanical garden. The New Zealand Gardens Trust ranks the country’s public gardens according to their importance on a national and global scale, and only six of them have been deemed “internationally significant.” Two of those six are in Dunedin—this place is one, and the other is at Larnach Castle. The Dunedin Botanic Garden’s 30-plus hectares (about 75 acres) are filled with flowers, shrubs and trees, including many native species. The garden is especially known for its rhododendrons and camellias. One section displays plants from around the world, grouped by their geographic regions of origin. Admission is free.