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About the Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of Garden of International Significance. It has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui.

The 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.

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.

Apprenticeships opportunity

Are you interested in working outside? Love plants? Have an interest in plant science? Enjoy physical work AND learning why plants do what they do? If this sounds like you, then look no further…

4Trades Apprenticeships are currently advertising for people with an interest in undertaking an amenity horticulture apprenticeship. This is a full-time work/course of study over three years, based at one of NZ’s premier gardens - Dunedin Botanic Garden.

The successful candidates will need to possess:

  • A passion & interest in the Horticultural industry
  • Honesty and maturity
  • A strong work ethic and organisational skills
  • A commitment to both on and off job training
  • An ability to communicate to a wide cross section of people
  • A desire to learn and build on your academic achievements
  • A full driver licence is essential.

Interested people should request an application pack from:

Bruce Dunn
4Trades Apprenticeships
PO Box 5782, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 479 0181

Applications close 5.00pm, Thursday 15 January 2015



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

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
Closed - Christmas Day and Good Friday

The Winter Garden Glasshouse

Open - 10am to 4pm

The Alpine House

Open - 9am to 4pm

Croque-O-Dile Cafe

Open – 9.30am to 4.30pm,
Closed - Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 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

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.

Strategic Development Plan

The planning for the Strategic Development Plan started as an exercise for the Garden staff in 2004. It progressed from an initial framework of ideas for managing the plant collections to developing the physical appearance of the Garden in 20-30 years.

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