Black and white photo of a young girl with her hand resting against a rock holding gardening tools starting down at the ground

Heritage of Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush – The gardens and gardeners

From forest to farm to internationally acclaimed botanic garden - let us walk you through the fascinating story of Ōtari-Wilton's Bush.

Join us to hear the rich history of this special garden while enjoying a stroll through the beautiful surroundings.

Health & Safety

Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Some of the paths are steep and can be slippery, care is required. The tour may be cancelled in bad weather.

Ōtari-Wilton's Bush. Meet at Tāne Whakapiripiri, Ōtari Visitors Centre.




Walking Tour

Event times

2-3:30pm Sat 28 Oct

Booking required

Cost: $10

Book here

2-3:30pm Sat 4 Nov

Booking required

Cost: $10

Book here

Ōtari-Wilton's Bush Trust

Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust is a public charitable trust made up of people who care deeply about the preservation of this internationally significant native botanic garden and forest reserve. Members include families, retirees, keen gardeners, walkers, photographers, botanists and conservationists. Many are active volunteers – brought together by the common purpose of sustaining Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush for future generations.