Open to the public with free admission, the Auckland Botanical Gardens is always flourishing with a stunning collection of different plants and is every landscape photographer’s dream with an endless amount of photo opportunities!
The Auckland Botanical Gardens first opened to the public in February 1982 and currently covers over 64 hectares of land, including 10 hectares of native forest. Located in the south side of Auckland, it is the biggest and most extensive garden in Auckland where there is over 10,000 plants.
The garden is split into different sections/collections where each has a particular theme and hence involve different species of plants. All the collections are connected via trails, and visitors can easily spend the whole day meandering and exploring the Auckland Botanical Gardens.
As we are currently undergoing the beautiful season that is spring, the spectacular Spring Blossom Valley section is blooming with flowering cherries, crab apples, and daffodils! The trees are covered with breathtaking pink flowers and the field is covered with yellow and white daffodils. A perfect combination of bright colors, especially when the sky is blue and clear! The Magnolia Garden also displays magnificent flowering trees and the largest collection of magnolias and their near relatives in New Zealand! This area is dazzling during the winter and spring months!
One of my favorite collections is the Edibles Garden where seasonal vegetables are displayed in themed gardens! I really enjoy the recently-opened Walled Garden portion which provides a warmer microclimate (compared to the surrounding edible portions) for plants that require a warmer temperature. I particularly like how the bricks and various man-made features add a nice contrast to the natural environment. The African Plants section and the lake are also worth a visit!
The park has many other features such as off-leash zones for dogs where they can run free, hands-on gardening workshops for both adults and children, a collection of New Zealand sculptures, a section called Potter Children’s Garden that is just for kids, and Cafe Miko where you can sit down and chat over a glass of wine!
So to all you Aucklanders, take a drive and head to the Botanical Gardens and enjoy the beautiful horticulture and landscape! It’s a fantastic way to spend your day, enjoy some fresh air, and hopefully (like me) shoot roll after roll. :)
Amy Tam is a self-confessed travel addict who loves eating, writing and taking loads of photos. In her spare time she likes to travel to new and different places – armed with a film camera where she snaps to her heart’s content. This Locations series is dedicated to her beloved home city – Auckland – where she has been happily residing for the past 20 years.