Autumn day at the Gardens

Welcome to the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Come, relax, be inspired and let our plant collections surprise you

Opening hours

Winter hours (April to September) The Gardens are open daily from 8am to 6pm. Huakaiwaka visitor centre is open from 8am to 4.30pm.

Summer hours (October to March) The Gardens are open daily from 8am to 8pm. Huakaiwaka visitor centre is open daily from 8am to 4.30pm. 

See our Cafe Miko page for opening hours.

*Please note the Visitor Centre and Cafe Miko are both closed on Christmas Day (25 December), the gardens remain open to visitors.

Getting here

The Auckland Botanic Gardens is situated right next to the Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) on Hill Road, Manurewa.

From Auckland city

The Gardens is approximately 25km from the city. Travel south on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exiting the motorway at the Manurewa/Hill Road exit (exit 451). Turn left onto Hill Road, the main entrance to the Gardens is the first driveway on the left.

From south of the Gardens 

Travelling north on the Southern Motorway (SH1), exit the motorway at the Takanini exit (exit 453) then turn left onto Great South Road and drive towards Manurewa. Turn right at the lights onto Alfriston Road. Follow Alfriston Road then turn left at Claude Road and continue until it connects with Hill Road. Turn right onto Hill Road and drive past the traffic lights, the entrance to the Gardens is the first driveway on your left after the lights.

Buses and trains from downtown Auckland 

Buses and trains travel to Manurewa from Britomart Transport Centre. Bus route 366 runs between the Manurewa bus interchange and the Gardens.  

If walking from the train station or bus interchange at Southmall, walk along Great South Road and turn right up Hill Road at the traffic lights. Walk along Hill Road for approximately 20 minutes, the Gardens will be on your left just past the motorway overbridge. 

Phone Auckland Transport on (09) 366 6400 or visit for transport options and timetables.

By bicycle (and train)

Take your bike on the train (at no extra cost) and get off at Manurewa train station. The Gardens are a 2km ride from the station. We have bicycle parking infrastructure at the front of our Huakaiwaka visitor centre. Cycling is not allowed within the Gardens but there is good cycling in neighbouring Tōtara Park, including mountain bike tracks.