Auckland Botanic Gardens

The Auckland Botanic Gardens

The Auckland Botanic Gardens is located on Hill Road, Manurewa, covering 64 hectares (156 acres) of land, including 10 hectares of native forest. Opening to the public in 1982, the Auckland Botanic Gardens is a young garden by world standards.

The Gardens attract more than 950,000 visitors each year and is a member of the New Zealand Gardens Trust, an organisation that assesses gardens for the quality of visitor experience and promotes garden visiting.

Our vision for the Gardens guides our long term development: A spectacular South Pacific Botanic Garden that is widely recognised for its outstanding plant collections, Auckland regional identity and the interest inspired in the community.

A focus on creating unique gardens and landscapes has resulted in a spectacular garden with a distinctive South Pacific flavour.

Our team are extremely knowledgeable about plants, and are passionate about connecting our visitors to plants and gardens. As horticultural experts, our role is to help people engage with plants and gardens, and to highlight their importance in everyday life. We run regular workshops and drop-in sessions where our staff can give expert advice and tips to our visitors. Keep an eye on our event calendar for upcoming sessions.

Winter hours (April to September)

Days Times
The Gardens are open daily from 8am to 6pm
Visitor Centre Huakaiwaka is open from 8am to 4.30pm
Miko is open weekdays from 8am to 2.30pm, weekends 8am-3pm

Summer hours (October to March)

Days Times
The Gardens are open daily from 8am to 8pm
Visitor Centre Huakaiwaka is open weekdays from 8am to 4.30pm
Cafe Miko is open daily from 8am to 4pm

Opening hours

*Please note the Visitor Centre and Cafe Miko are both closed on Christmas Day (25 December), the gardens remain open to visitors.

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Getting here

From Auckland city

The Gardens is approximately 25km from the city. Travel south on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exiting the motorway at the Manurewa/Hill Road exit (exit 451). Turn left onto Hill Road, the main entrance to the Gardens is the first driveway on the left.

From South of the Gardens From Auckland city

The Gardens is approximately 25km from the city. Travel south on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exiting the motorway at the Manurewa/Hill Road exit (exit 451). Turn left onto Hill Road, the main entrance to the Gardens is the first driveway on the left.

Buses and trains

Buses and trains travel to Manurewa from Britomart Transport Centre. Bus route 366 runs between the Manurewa bus interchange and the Gardens.

If walking from the train station or bus interchange at Southmall, walk along Great South Road and turn right up Hill Road at the traffic lights. Walk along Hill Road for approximately 20 minutes, the Gardens will be on your left just past the motorway overbridge.

Phone Auckland Transport on (09) 366 6400 or visit at.govt.nz for transport options and timetables.