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Otari Reserve 4Lost for ideas for the next fine day? Why not get in touch with nature and vis­it the clean, green — and award-win­ning — Otari-Wilton’s Bush?

Praised for its dra­mat­ic Can­opy Walk­way and excel­lent work­ing rela­tion­ship between the coun­cil and volun­teers, the Nation­al Nat­ive Botan­ic Garden was recently recog­nised with an inter­na­tion­al Green Flag award, giv­en exclus­ively to the world’s best parks.

May­or Celia Wade-Brown describes Otari as a “jew­el” of Wel­ling­ton, emphas­ising our envied urb­an-nature connections.

Otari con­tains some of Wellington’s old­est trees, includ­ing an 800-year-old rimu. We can get a rare glimpse of what our forest was like before humans came, and it inspires us to pro­tect and restore our veget­a­tion for the city and for New Zea­l­and as a whole.”

Fur­ther­more, the reserve boasts an impress­ive array of threatened spe­cies you wouldn’t nor­mally see on a day out in Wel­ling­ton. Find this hid­den gem on Wilton Road, and immerse your­self in the magic!

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