The Auckland Botanical Gardens are located off the main motorway between Hamilton and Auckland (approximately 25 km from the downtown Auckland). This was the last day of our week-long site visit and we were anxious to return home to our girls. The flights out of Auckland are typically evening departures but thankfully New Zealand’s largest city offers plenty to do.
The Botanical Gardens are free to enter and ideal for an afternoon picnic. They have activities going on all the time based on the calendar displayed. The day we visited hosted an outdoor yoga class and the attendees enjoyed a peaceful environment.
Auckland’s Botanical Gardens include over 10,000 plants and many were arranged in neat displays. The gardens are easy enough to do as a self-guided walk but bring your comfy shoes with the grounds spanning across 156 acres of land.
The Visitor Center is located at the front entrance and has an attached cafe’ the smelled yummy!
We headed straight for the Rose Garden which is my favorite! I cannot resist the smell and the flowers were in perfect bloom this time of the year.
This was my favorite picture of the day with the bees doing their thing!
The relaxing walk was exactly what we needed before a 22 hour trip home!