Auckland Botanic Gardens has been open to the public since 1982 and within that time frame has received high praise as well as awards* including "Garden of National Significance", "Threatened Native Plant Garden".
Serene and beautiful, the Auckland Botanic Gardens offer a wide variety of plants, trees, flowers and sculptures (some a bit creep in my opinion, like the one above!) along with a beautiful lake, it is the perfect place for a day of relaxation out of the big city!
If you are a person who likes lots of information then have no fear, they offer a guided tour of the gardens between 1pm - 2pm every Wednesday or alternatively every Sunday from midday until 3pm you can ride around on the awesome wiri rambler train at a cost of $2 per person. Cheap as!
There is a cafe located within the visitor centre however I would recommend taking a packed lunch, not only is it cheaper, having lunch next to the lake amongst all the beautiful flowers is the perfect place for a picnic... and also a little bit romantic if you take a loved one there!
This is a great place to visit at any time of year, the changing seasons mean an ever-changing garden, with different plants and flowers to see on every visit!
How to get there
To get to Auckland Botanic Gardens from Auckland by car you need to take the SH1 Highway and take the Manurewa/ Hill Road Exit then turn left on to Hill Road. If you are travelling by bus you need to take a bus to Manurewa and get off at Southmall, from Southmall you walk up Hill Road.
*Awards - "Garden of National Significance Auckland Botanic Gardens is a 'Founding Garden' and is designated a 'Garden of National Significance' by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. The Threatened Native Plant Garden is an original concept that has inspired similar concepts elsewhere. In 2004 the garden received international recognition with an Award of Excellence from the International Federation of Landscape Architects." - read more.