Stop 11: Eden Garden
Visit this attraction on our Blue Tour
Eden Garden is a magical microcosm of the art and craft of gardening and has been described as Auckland's best-kept garden secret.
Discover this peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland. Wander through a 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden and explore its many plant collections, including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. There's always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views.
A café is open daily.
Eden Garden History
This land on the slopes of Mt Eden was originally used as a quarry. During World War Two, precious artefacts from the Auckland Museum were hidden inside caves in the quarry walls in case of invasion.
In 1930 the owner of the property next door bought the land so he could expand his garden. But he never built it, and for 30 years the quarry was an abandoned and overgrown dumping ground.
Finally in 1964 a group of keen gardeners offered to take it on, and through their care the neglected land was transformed into a vibrant, colourful garden.
Visiting Eden Garden in spring?
Don't miss the annual Tulip Festival, taking place at the start of September each year. Featuring over 16,000 flowering bulbs, it's Auckland's largest tulip display.