Feed the ducks, discover the worm farm, get lost in the bush, go tropical, get oriental, or discover new uses for herbs than you could imagine! Auckland Botanic Gardens offer FREE entry, with trails and walkways aplenty.
Go fill your boots with 64 hectares of garden wonderland at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa.
There are more than 10,000 plants from around the world, award winning blooms, glasshouses, plant collections and former home to the internationally famous Ellerslie Flower Show.
If you fancy a walk (may as well while you are there) the Native Forest Trail begins behind the Lower Lake, so grab a brochure at the Main Entrance and get going.
If you're serious about plants, you can always take a free guided tour. Just meet at the Auckland Botanical Garden's Visitor Centre (no need to book) and you will head off on a garden voyage of discovery through the seasonal collections. The tours are every Wednesday and commence at 1pm.
We Reckon | Explore with the kids the Anti Ani Trail (super spy fun whilst exploring the gardens and an easy way to entertain the children). Pick up a map at the main reception. This made our hitlist of Free Things to do around Auckland.
Who said gardening is for the green thumbed? If you still need convincing, check the Auckland Botanic Gardens website. And one of the many super dog friendly areas in Auckland, with plenty of trails to keep everyone entertained.
Getting to the Botanical Gardens in Manurewa | You'll find the Auckland Botanic Gardens right next to the Southern Motorway, on Hill Road in Manurewa.
See our Things to do in Auckland map for directions.
Photo Credit | Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa