Whangarei is proud to present Botanica Whangarei, a horticultural complex where the public can come and enjoy plants that range from colourful and exotic palms and orchids, bizarre cacti and succulents, fragrant sub-tropical plants, native ferns and filmy ferns all in one central location.
The complex is located in First Avenue, Whangarei, and parking is available outside or in the Forum North carpark through Cafler Park and over the footbridge.
We have a variety of family-friendly events and displays at the complex throughout the year. Check out the details in the column to the right of this page.
Botanica is also available to hire for wedding ceremonies, photos, and other functions for a small fee, payable when making a booking. The area will accomodate a maximum of 50 people, and it also has a sound system and public address system available with speakers positioned throughout the complex.
Open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Admission is free, and the complex is accessible for wheelchairs.
Phone +64 9 430 4200 for bookings or information, or download and complete the form below.
Botanica Whangarei booking form [219kb]
Marge Maddren Fernery
The fernery is named and dedicated to a stalwart of conservation in the Whangarei area and past president of the Whangarei Native Forest and Bird Protection Society.
Marge was the driving force behind the fund raising efforts for the construction of the fernery, which was officially opened in December 1987.
The Fernery boasts one of New Zealand’s largest collections of native ferns found in New Zealand and its offshore islands. It has three shade houses and a linking tunnel, ponds and a small waterfall and courtyard area.
Some of the history of Whangarei has been incorporated in to the construction of the Fernery.
Kerb stones from the old style Rathbone Street edge many of the gardens and pools, bricks from the former Town Hall on Bank Street have been used as paving, and wall stones used around the town in the 1920's have also been utiilised in the complex.
1995 saw the construction of a purpose built adobe-brick Filmy Fernhouse structure. It is climate controlled to provide the cool, moist, high humidity conditions loved by the small translucent leaved filmy ferns.
The filmy fernhouse has ponds with waterfalls, a display board with the 'Fern of the Month' information and a photo history of the development of the filmy fernhouse. This addition was named in honour of Fin Bruce, a local fern enthusiast.
The Snow Conservatory
The Snow Conservatory, built in 1970, was named in memory of Stanley John Snow M.B.E, a well known local citizen, to honour his valuable contribution to the city over many years in civic and other fields.
Now home to a wonderful collection of tropical and subtropical plants the conservatory is the perfect spot to take time out of your day and whisk yourself off to a tropical hideaway complete with birdsong and the gentle cascade of the waterfall.
The Cactus House
The recently refurbished Cactus House uses passive solar heating to recreate the hot arid conditions that cacti and succulents revel in.
A stunning photo montage transforms the walls into an authentic desert landscape, providing the perfect foil for a fascinating collection of desert plants.