Check out the best green spaces and places to get your spring flower fix below:
Trust us, this is no ordinary bunch of blossoms. Tucked away in the upper reaches of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, the four-hectare dell is a haven of giant Rhododendron bushes in every colour imaginable, intertwined with meandering paths through the foliage and picnic perfect lawns. A true inner-city retreat with the occasional glimpse over the city beyond. The rest of the gardens are also a delight to visit during the season, with a wide variety of floral displays and tranquil places to enjoy a quiet moment in this six-start Garden of International Significance.
Explore the wooded pathways of Glenfalloch Gardens on the Otago Peninsula, admiring its rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias, plus a profusion of other flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous New Zealand trees. An essential stop on any Otago Peninsula excursion, the acclaimed onsite restaurant makes a rather sumptuous refreshment stop or better yet, leisurely lunch on the sun-drenched terrace. The garden adds a little enchantment to this change of seasons with its magical Night Garden display of illuminated wonders forming a sculpture trail of artworks and whimsy, running from 19-21 September.
A family classic, the Woodhaugh Gardens are something of a sanctuary, hidden away in the Leith Valley. The lovely green lawns, extensive playground, public paddling pool and BBQ area are surrounded by copses of tall trees, both native and introduced. The perfect place for a game of hide-and-seek or an ice-cream under the trees, there is no shortage of beautiful green spaces to enjoy.
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is a slice of old Shanghai in downtown Dunedin. Traditional and serene, the garden was built by Shanghai artisans as an inner-city haven for peaceful contemplation and features bridges, water features and a tea house,
You'll also find an enchanting garden around the grounds of Larnach Castle, which features stunning views of the Otago Peninsula. A wonderful array of manicured lawns, shaped hedges, unique displays and castle history can be found in this Garden of International Significance, where you can enjoy delicious high teas al fresco when the sun is shining.
A hidden pleasure for those who love the tropical-looking blooms of rhododendrons and magnolias, the Lady Thorn Dell is situated in an historic quarry in Port Chalmers, 20 minutes’ drive from Dunedin’s city centre. A sheltered, secret garden with views of the stunning Otago Harbour and full of pathways and tunnels formed by mature plants.
Blooms to Go
If you’ve got that spring feeling and want to share the love, pick up an expertly arranged bunch from one of Dunedin’s super-stylish florists. Those in the know, head to the chic Joseph Jones for contemporary handpicked arrangements RocknRosie for boho-inspired blooms, the gorgeous creativity and gifts at Fallow & Fox and Estelle Flowers’ old world charm and aromatherapy influences.