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Otari-Wilton's Bush is the only botanic garden in New Zealand solely dedicated to native plants. This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest and five hectares of plant collections. The reserve was recently awarded an international Green Flag Award, an award that is given to only a small number of the world’s best parks.

The forest is made up of original and regenerating podocarp broadleaf forest. The mature podocarp-northern rata forest is the only remnant of this once common forest type in the Wellington peninsula.

The native bird population consists of tui, kereru, fantail, silver eye, kingfisher, grey warbler and morepork.

Otari has over 10km of excellent walking tracks, a treetop canopy walkway soaring 18 metres above the forest floor, large alpine garden, picnic areas and a modern visitor centre.

Located just 10 minutes from Wellington city, it is easily accessible by car and by bus (No 14 - Wilton).

Guided tours are available for groups of all sizes. Experienced guides lead tours tailored to each group. The Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust runs monthly walks for members and visitors.

Find out what native birds you might spot on your visit to Otari-Wilton's Bush.

Wild Things

Discover a trail of Wild Things hidden in some of Wellington's most spectacular locations. Keep an eye out for Spikes at Otari-Wilton's Bush and take a photo with this Wild Thing for your chance to win prizes. Download the Wild Things map and start exploring!

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