Looking for a great family activity? Incorporate a game into your visit with our fun treasure hunts and school holiday trails.

COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens is closed

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

We’ve closed all of our Council facilities until further notice, to support the Government’s fight against COVID-19. This includes the Botanic Gardens.

The following are also closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz.

kids hunting in flowerbed

Discovery trails

Every autumn, winter and spring school holidays, there is a fun and interactive discovery trail to explore. From super powered plants to wicked wildlife - there's something for everyone!

Trails are free and self-guided, collect booklets or maps from the Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre.

Best for children between the ages of four and 10 but all ages are welcome, parent/guardian/caregiver required.

Seasonal treasure hunts

Explore the Botanic Gardens with our free seasonal treasure hunts.

Download and print the treasure list off before you come to the Gardens:

Each season we have new items for you to hunt and find.