1. Little Bush
In the middle of the Botanic Garden you can feel as if you’re in the middle of the bush. This tiny patch links the aviary and Mediterranean Garden. A long term scientific study is studying the changes happening in here over time.
2. Fern Gully
About a minute’s walk from the aviary, Fern Gully is a shady secret nudging beneath Opoho Road. A single track wends its way through the welcoming coolness, passing ferns ranging from forest floor to tree ferns.
Long, flat sections of track take you through this massive bush patch on the side of a hill. At the bottom, riverside tracks go to grassy picnic spots that soak up the sun.
4. Rhododendron Dell Bush
This bush is home to a silent survivor of the olden days. A big broadleaf tree remains from pre-Pakeha days, in the board-walked gully beneath the Cherry Walk.
5. Lovelock Bush
It’s amazing how nature can heal itself in 130 years. Lovelock Bush used to be grazed by deer but now is a visible example of the regrowth process - tall kanuka protect regenerating native bush below.