Visitors can enjoy bright and colourful flowers all year round at the Auckland Wintergardens located in the Auckland Domain.
The Wintergardens were constructed following the First World War with funds from the Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition of 1913 – 1914, which was a world’s fair held in the Auckland Domain.
Construction began on the gardens in 1916 and they officially opened on May 2, 1928.
There are two display glasshouses – one contains temperate plants that change with the season and the other is heated to an average temperature of 28°C and contains tropical plants and a giant lily pond.
There is a formal courtyard between the two Victorian style glasshouses with a sunken pond in the centre. There are also several neoclassical marble statues throughout the courtyard.
Off to the side of the courtyard visitors can enter and get up close with New Zealand’s native flora in the fernery, that has been developed in an old quarry site.
During the summer months (1 November – 31 March) the Wintergardens are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday 9am to 7.30pm. From 1 April – 31 October it is open Monday to Sunday 9am to 4.30pm.