One of the 4 gardens managed by the Wellington Botanic Garden, (the Main Garden, Bollton Memorial Park, Truby King House, and Otari, Otari is the specialist garden displaying our native flora. It also attracts many native birds which can be usually seen as one moves quietly around the Garden. While the Main Garden contains some native plants in its remnant bush areas, if you are especially interested in our native flora, a visit it Otari is highly recommended.

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest, and five hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

Entry is free.

Otari-Wilton's Bush is about 5 km from the city centre, on Wilton Road between Gloucester and Warwick Streets.
It can be reached by a No 14 Wilton bus from Lambton Quay.. The main public carpark is at the Wilton Road entrance. Parking is also available off Churchill Drive.

Further information including maps can be found at the official garden website.


The following photographs illustrate the main areas of this Garden and typical views

Main Entrance and information shelter

Main Entrance and alpine garden

Alpine garden

Alpine Garden
Alpine Garden

View towards Visitors Centre

Alpine Garden Alpine Garden

Alpine rock garden from shelter

Treetop walk

Treetop walk

Cockayne memorial

Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Bush view

Bush view

Wild Garden

Giant Rata
Stream walk Fernery

WBG city localtion map