Otari-Wilton's Bush is an internationally significant native botanic garden located just 5 km from the Wellington CBD. This unique sanctuary, with its 14 km of walking tracks, is the ideal place to experience New Zealand's unique bush environment and native bird life.
• OTARI BOTANIC GARDEN: 5 hectares of botanic gardens dedicated to the collection and preservation of New Zealand's native plants. Highlights include The Canopy Walkway and the self-guided Nature Trail.
• WILTON'S BUSH RESERVE: 100 hectares of ancient and regenerating native forest. Highlights include an 800-year-old rimu and some of Wellington's oldest trees, picnic areas, several waterfalls and 11 km of walking tracks.
Otari is registered as a Garden of International Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. It's history as a reserve dates back to the early 1900s.
Otari is managed by the Wellington City Council, with active support from the Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust, a public charitable trust set up to support activities at Otari.
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We always welcome new members without whom we could not protect this priceless legacy for the future. Whether you are keen to volunteer or would simply like to be associated with this wonderful native plant reserve, we would love to hear from you.
Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust volunteers are active in managing the forest and bush, including possum and rat control, weed control and replanting, and many other activities. Choose how you'd like to get involved.
Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust is registered as a Charitable organisation and donations of over $5 qualify for a tax rebate to individual taxpayers.