Just a short walk from the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain are the Wintergardens, a beautiful series of formal gardens that are free of charge and well worth a visit.
The Wintergardens complex was established after World War I and is a protected heritage site.
The complex consists of two ornate Victorian-style display glasshouses. One is non-heated, with an average temperature of 24°C and contains temperate plants. The other contains tropical plants and is heated with an average temperature of 28°C.
There’s also a formal courtyard with a pond in the centre, and a fernery within an old quarry.
Just outside the Wintergardens you’ll find a duck pond with a natural spring and a café.
Explore the Auckland Domain
The Wintergardens sit inside Auckland Domain, Auckland’s oldest park. It covers 75 hectares, making it one of the largest parks in the city as well. The park was developed around the cone of an extinct volcano called Pukekawa.
The Domain is home to formal gardens, walking trails, sports fields, sculptures and of course the Auckland Museum.