While its northern neighbour Christchurch holds the title of Garden City, Dunedin is no small shakes either on the garden front. If you are seeking greenery and calm, look no further than these oases around Otago’s biggest city.
Dunedin Botanic Garden on Great King St is the oldest of its kind in the country and recognised as a Garden of International Significance. The aviary houses various native birds, and the New Zealand Native Plant Collection shows off some of our most unique flora. Bring along some bread to feed the local ducks, or ask at the information centre for food. There’s a cafe if you get hungry. The Dunedin Botanic Garden is free to visit and open every day from dawn to dusk; guided tours are also available.
Located at the corner of Rattray & Cumberland Streets, Dunedin’s authentic Chinese Garden is right in the heart of the city. Open daily from 10am, it boasts hand made wooden buildings crafted by artisans from Dunedin’s sister city of Shanghai. Chinese materials were used in the tiles, bricks, paving stones and lattice work. A beautiful spot to relax.
Tucked away in 30 acres of woodlands on Portobello Road on the Otago Peninsula, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is just a 15 minute drive from the city with your Dunedin car hire. Open daily from dawn to dusk, it is a Garden of National Significance, blessed with sweeping panoramic harbour views. The cafe and wine bar and homestead restaurant onsite are excellent and its function venue The Chalet is popular for weddings.
Larnach Castle is a must visit attraction while you are in Dunedin. It is on Camp Road along the Otago Peninsula. One of its highlights is the grounds; the garden at Larnach Castle is 125 year old with an important collection of plants and flowers. The gardens have been revitalised over the past few decades and now do the historic estate proud, and was recently named a Garden of International Significance. The Larnach Castle gardens are open daily from 9am.