VISITING OTARI WILTON'S BUSH

Otari-Wilton's Bush is only 5 km from downtown Wellington, and accessible by car, bike or bus. Many of Otari's paths are easily accessible for all, including wheelchairs and prams.  However there are some steep stepped sections which require more mobility and a moderate level of fitness. Cyclists are not permitted at Otari and dogs must be on the lead at all times, and cleaned up after.

 

There is parking at the main public car park on Wilton Road, outside the main entrance. The Information Centre and Canopy Walkway is nearby. There is another signposted entrance at the end of Blackridge Road, and additional parking on Churchill Drive.

 

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GUIDED TOURS

 

Guided tours are available for groups ranging from cruise trip visitors to garden clubs and other interest groups. Experienced guides can tailor their tours to your interests. The Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust also runs monthly walks for members and visitors.

To Book T: 04 499 1400 E:

 

SCHOOL VISITS

 

Please let us know if you are planning to bring your class to Otari, so we can ensure it is a fun, safe and educational day. By booking ahead, we can cover health and safety and manage garden activities, so your group has a great time. We've also created an environmental education kit for teachers to use with school groups at Otari-Wilton's Bush.

To Book T: 04 499 1400 | F:  04 499 1903 | E:

OTARI OPENING HOURS

 

Otari-Wilton's Bush is open daily between sunrise and sunset.
Entry is free. Te Marae o Tane Information Centre is open
9am - 4pm daily.

HOW TO GET TO OTARI

 

It's an approximately 15 minute journey by car from Wellington city centre to Otari-Wilton's Bush.
See Route.

 

Or take the No 14 Wilton bus from Lambton Quay to Otari-Wilton's Bush. See Timetable.

 

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VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS AT OTARI

Otari native kereru

THE CANOPY WALKWAY

The Canopy Walkway soars 18 m above the forest floor, taking you onto the flight path of beautiful native birds such as tui, kereru and fantail and providing magnificent views of the forest and valley below.

Starts at Information Centre | Suitable for prams and wheelchairs

Otari pink flower
Otari botanic garden view

OTARI PLANT COLLECTIONS

Otari's native botanic garden boasts half of all New Zealand's plant species within its 5 hectares, and feature 1200 species collected from as far afield as the Subantarctic Islands in the south to Cape Reinga at the northern tip of New Zealand. All gardens lie within 100 metres of the main entrance on Wilton Road and can be explored at leisure via meandering pathways.

 

The gardens were established in the 1920s by eminent botanist Dr Leonard Cockayne. Otari staff now tend numerous distinct collections, including North Auckland plants, an alpine garden, a fernery, hebe and flax cultivars, and a magnificent rock garden. The collections are key to conserving many of New Zealand's endangered species, and are useful for in researching plant physiology, nomenclature and potential economic uses of plants.

Allow 30-60 mins | All fitness levels | Walking shoes recommended | Suitable for prams and wheelchairs

Free leaflet at the Information Centre | Guided tours by booking T: 04 499 1400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEONARD COCKAYNE
CENTRE AT OTARI

 

This centre seats up to 25 people and can be booked for small meetings, seminars and weddings.

Booking information.

To Book T: 04 499 1400

F:  04 499 1903

E:

Entrance to the Leonard Cockayne Centre at Otari

THE NATURE TRAIL

Starting and ending at the Information Centre near the main Entrance, this loop route takes you onto the Canopy Walkway and around the reserve – revealing the unique aspects of New Zealand native bush and forest, from its magical and melodious bird life to towering native trees and iconic ferns.

Allow 30-60 mins | Medium fitness due to steep steps
Walking shoes recommended | Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs | Guided tours by booking T: 04 499 1400.

THE TREASURE TRAIL

A self-guided Trail of some of Otari's living treasures, developed by renowned NZ botanist and author Dr John Dawson. Starts at the Fernery (near main carpark on Wilton Road) and ending at the Cockayne Lookout via the Canopy Walkway.

Allow 30-60 mins | All fitness levels | Walking shoes recommended | Suitable for prams and wheelchairs
Free leaflet at the Information Centre
| Guided tours available by booking T: 04 499 1400.

Otari Nature Trail
Otari native fern on Treasure Trail

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