Auckland Botanic Gardens

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New Zealand - Auckland

Institution Code: AUCK

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

The Potter Children's Garden at Auckland Botanic Garden
The Potter Children's Garden at Auckland Botanic Garden

About the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens is a young garden by world standards, but our unique designs are creating a garden of distinctive character. It was opened in 1982 and now has over 10,000 plants from all over the world.

Our vision:

* Through provision of a spectacular South Pacific Garden we aspire to contribute to our community’s wellbeing and appreciation of plants.

* The vast range of plants on display reflects the regions benevolent climate, and parallels our diverse landscape and ethnic mix.

* Most importantly the gardens should meet the needs and interests of our community, and they should inspire and inform people about the importance of plants in their lives and to the environment.

A key objective in the development of the Botanic Gardens has been to identify those plants best suited to growing in Auckland conditions. A trial programme was established to enable assessment of ornamental plants and to publish Advisory Leaflets recommending reliable subjects for home gardens.

Main Address:
Auckland Botanic Gardens
102 Hill Road
2105 New Zealand

Telephone: 64 (09) 267-1457
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Jack Hobbs, Manager
    Curator's Name: Barbara Wheeler, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Emma Bodley, Botanical Records Officer

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1982
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 64 Hectares
    Latitude: -37.007387
    Longitude: 174.904988
    Altitude: 60.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 120

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 20000
  • Special Collections:NZ native flora, flaxes (46 vars.), Hebe (90 vars.), flowering tea tree (Leptospermum, 35 vars.), Camellia, Magnolia, conifers, Dahlia, Salvia, herbs, perennial plants suitable for Auckland, African plants suitable for Auckland.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes