Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand is a botanical garden that covers 64 hectares in Manurewa, South Auckland. The first purchase of land by the Auckland Regional Authority (ARA) - predecessor of Auckland Regional Council (ARC) - dates back to 1968. Developments started in 1973. The garden was officially opened to the public in 1982. In that same year the first (and until now only) Visitors Guide was published. It now holds more than 10,000 plants.
- New Zealand Native Plant Collection, in several areas:
- The New Zealand Native Plant Identification Trail
- The Native Forest Trail, a marked walk that leads through a broadleaf/podocarp forest remnant with a total of about 30 hectares. 10 hectares are part of the Botanic Gardens and managed by Auckland Regional Council. 20 hectares are part of 'Totara Park', managed by the Manukau City
Council. The area was cut in earlier times to harvest timber. The forest is now regenerating. There are a number of tracks in the area. One of the tracks is described in a leaflet with information on plants and trees. The flora of the combined area consists of 158 species in total.
- The Flax (Phormium) Collection, with a large number of cultivars.
- The Threatened Native Plant Collection, opened 2001 by Helen Clark, in those days Prime Minister of New Zealand. Here we find for instance fine specimen of Three Kings (Trumpet) Vine Tecomanthe speciosa and of Shore Spurge.
- Native Plant Ideas.
- The Roses.
- The Children's Garden
- The Shrubs Trial Garden.
- The Gondwana Arboretum.
- The Edible Garden.
- The Perennial Garden.
- The Camellia Garden.
- The African Garden
- The Rock Garden
- The Palm Garden.
- Urban Trees, which shows a selection of small trees that can be successfully planted in private gardens.
There are a number of other collections, for instance a small collection of conifers, with nice specimen of Keteleeria davidiana and Bishop Pine Pinus muricata.
The Visitor Centre Huakaiwaka is a modern building, opened 2005 that houses the information desk, information displays, a café, and offices.
The Horticultural Reference Library is housed in a separate building. The building was opened in 1992 and was funded by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens. It contains some 2,500 books and a number of horticultural journals and magazines. The catalogue holds about 10,000 items. The library is open to the public. The huge impact of the activities of the Friends is clearly demonstrated by the fact that in 1989 the library housed only 400 volumes in the Information Centre, that were solely used for reference by staff.