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About the Dunedin Botanic Garden


Please download the map below to findout the carpark near the garden

The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance. ArbNet, the global network for tree-focussed professionals, has accredited the Botanic Garden as level III. The Camellia Collection is rated as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.

The Botanic Garden celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, marking its position as New Zealand’s first botanic garden. It occupies 30.4 hectares in North Dunedin at an altitude of 25 – 85 metres above sea level. The Garden has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui.

Its wide range of horticultural and botanical collections includes roses, the herbaceous and perennial borders, a rock garden, New Zealand native plants and four hectares of Rhododendron Dell with more than 3,000 rhododendrons. An important aspect of The New Zealand Native plant collection is the cultivation of rare and endangered native plant species.

The geographic plant collections are an expression of the Victorian penchant for collection and growing plants from all around the world and displaying them in related groups. This collection has plants from temperate climates of North Asia, the South, Central and North Americas, Southern Africa, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean.


Although the garden includes slopes, it has been awarded a silver rating for accessibility by BE.ACCESSIBLE. The visitor map rates each track as easy, medium or hard.

Open hours

Botanic Garden Playground Closure

The children’s playground in the lower Botanic Garden will be closed for three days from Monday 2 May, reopening on Thursday 5 May while we undertake work on a significant tree. Standing tall above the playground, the 165-year-old Royal Oak Tree was planted on 30 June 1863 to commemorate the marriage of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra. As well as pruning, we’ll be doing maintenance on cables to help support the Royal Oak which could stand for another 160+ years.

The Botanic Garden is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year, and the open hours for each of the public buildings are below. Admission to all areas of the Botanic Garden is free.

The Information Centre and Shop

Open - 10am to 4pm

The Winter Garden Glasshouse

Open - 10am to 4pm

The Alpine House

Open - 9am to 4pm

Croque-O-Dile Cafe

July hours

  • Open -  Monday to Sunday 9.30am - 4pm
  • Closed - Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Day after New Year’s Day


Lower Garden toilets under the Alpine House open - 10am - 4.30pm
Upper Garden toilets in the car park open - dawn till dusk

CREST Train Tours

Go for a fun ride and at the same time support disadvantaged children.

Garden Cam

This captured image shows a view of the Dunedin Botanic Garden from the top of the Croque-o-Dile cafe. This is a popular area of the Garden that features some beautiful plantings that will change dramatically with the seasons.

Dunedin Botanic Garden cam.

Videos of the Botanic Garden

Check out the Dunedin Botanic Garden in these video clips....

Donations and Bequests

If you wish to support projects at the Botanic Garden, you may wish to consider leaving a bequest in your will. For more information or to discuss your wishes, please contact Alan Matchett, the manager of Botanic Garden at or 477 4000.

Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden

We invite you to support us in ensuring the future of the Dunedin Botanic Garden by becoming a member of the Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden Inc.

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Strategic Development Plan

A review and update of the Botanic Garden Strategic Plan is underway. Many of projects from the earlier 2007 Development Plan have been implemented.

In 2020 approval was given to review the Strategic Plan to consider the future direction of Dunedin Botanic Garden. This work commenced in early 2021 but soon after suffered the disruptions of Covid -19. It has since gathered momentum and is expected to be completed before the end of 2021.

The review process has sought contributions from staff, specific stakeholders and targeted community groups to get a better understanding of how they as professional organisations and community representatives currently interact with the Botanic Garden. From extended discussions at these meetings the process now is to consider what elements and priorities the Botanic Garden should focus on over the next 20 – 30 years.

Dunedin Botanic Garden Plan Review

Picnic by the Plants

Favourite and hidden picnic spots at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Dunedin Botanic Garden Biodiversity


Created originally to document biodiversity observed during the Dunedin Botanic Garden Bioblitz, the project is open for the public to document their own observations from the Dunedin Botanic Garden only.

Check out our biodiversity on iNaturalist.


About a third of Dunedin Botanic Garden is bush which needs a helping hand to regenerate and become healthy and strong. Garden staff and volunteers actively manage the plant and animal pests living in the bush in a variety of ways.

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