Unlike it’s more prominent Australian neighbours (everybody needs good neighbours, you know!) in Sydney, Auckland’s botanical gardens is nowhere near the city centre. It is a good drive along highway 1 to the South (albeit still within city limits) and was somewhere I had been past often enough without visiting…so on a beautiful spring day, it seemed like a good time to take them in at last.
New Zealand has a number of unique plant species and it was interesting to learn a bit about them (and indeed the fact that there was one species (I forget the name) that was reduced to just one plant in the wild by introduced goats – thankfully saved for future generations from cuttings).
It was surprisingly busy and so parking was sourced in a different place with a short walk…but what was there to find? Well, beautiful greenery, flowers in bloom, separate areas laid out to flower in different seasons, lakes, local birdlife…what more can one say except…please see the photos…a feast of colour…and sparrows thoroughly enjoying a dip!