Dunedin Botanic Gardens

If you’re looking for a place to unwind in Dunedin from your adventures, then we’ve got the perfect trip out for your stack. Head to Dunedin Botanic Gardens to relax among 6,800 species of exotic and native plants and greenery, scenic hill views and the sound of bird life.

Where can I find the oldest garden in New Zealand?

Dunedin Botanical Gardens are the oldest gardens in New Zealand, established in 1863. Just under a 30 minute walk from the railway station, a trip to these gardens is the perfect way to unwind among nature without travelling for hours out the city.

This 28 hectare botanic garden is the oldest in the country! From formal garden beds on flat land to naturalistic landscapes, you’ll find a range of stunning, lush green landscapes to explore. For a true taste of New Zealand, wander down the Treasured Plants trail to where you’ll find fauna native and completely unique to New Zealand, or the aviary, a hot spot for native New Zealand bird life. Explore the Dunedin volcanic trail, one of the best spots in the South Island to see the stages of volcano evolution. Experience true tranquillity on the silent spaces trail, as you soak up the sounds of nature around several special spots. Head to the winter garden glasshouse in the colder months for a tropical retreat, with a huge collection of tropic plants.

Make a stop at the cafe for delicious locally prepared food or beverages, or bring a picnic along for a feast among nature, or get some free food from the shop or information centre to feed the friendly neighbourhood ducks. Dunedin Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to relax among nature in the South Island, free all-year round!

  • The garden is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Open from dawn until dusk all-year round (free admission).
  • The Information Centre and Shop: open 10am to 4pm
    The Winter Garden Glasshouse: open 10am to 4pm
    Cafe: open Monday to Sunday 9.30am – 4pm
  • Guided tours can be booked here.
  • Located a 25 minute or 5 minute drive away from Dunedin Railway Station.
  • Carpark available near the garden.


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