Auckland Botanic Gardens
This huge sprawling garden backs onto Totara Park so bring your walking shoes and make a day of it. The gardens themselves are large and varied with something for everyone including a cafe. They often have exhibitions such as the excellent annual sculpture in the gardens.
Winter Garden & The Auckland Domain
Don’t miss the wintergarden at the Auckland Domain. It’s fantastic in any weather, entry is free. It was opened in 1913 and consists of two huge Victorian style glass houses and a courtyard with a pond. The domain also has a number of other gardens and the Auckland Museum some make sure you have time to see it all. Auckland Domain is located between Newmarket and the city centre.
Built in an old quarry on the side of Mt Eden this is a really nice garden with a cafe, a stream, extensive flower beds and short hiking trails.
Parnell Rose Gardens
The Parnell Rose gardens in Dove-Myer Robinson Park have over 5000 rose bushes.The gardens showcase traditional and new rose varieties. By far the best time to visit is between October and April when the roses are in bloom.
Stay in the nearby Rose Park Hotel, located right next to the Parnell Rose Gardens.
This is the official residence of the Governor General when in Auckland. Tours are free and by arrangement only.
Cornwall Park is a beautiful place to walk under large mature trees. There’s plenty of flower gardens hidden around the park for you to discover.
This beautiful Newmarket mansion was built in 1862. It’s now open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday for a small fee.
Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens
Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens are located 40 minutes drive from any downtown Auckland Hotel. It takes around 1 hour to walk the sculpture trail. It’s not really suitable for wheelchairs or walking frames so maybe leave Grampa in the car for this one. There’s around 40 sculptures along the trail.
West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House
This 4 and 1/2 acre garden in West Auckland is run by volunteers. Entry to the gardens is a bargain at $3 which also gets you into the butterfly house. Get amongst it.