One of the lesser known gems of Auckland, possibly due to it’s proximity to Manukau, but only twenty mins from the CBD are some beautiful free gardens well worth visiting.
The visitor centre is pretty smart, but unfortunately the cafe is very average.
Every two years the gardens host Sculpture in the Gardens. Here are a taster of 2013/14 and 2015/16, follow the links for more.
The gardens are next to Totara Park which is also worth an explore, particularly along the Puhinui Stream Forest Trail.
If you liked this you may also like this summary of other New Zealand gardens.
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