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News and Events

This webpage lists forthcoming News and Events - check this page often.

All are welcome to our events.  Please encourage family and friends to join us.

Past News and Events are recorded in our Newsletter.


  • Thur 14 June to Fri 27 July

Matariki: Make a wish tree

Make a wish for the 9am to 4pm Matariki New Year! Write or draw your wish on native leaf cards in our Visitor Centre and either take your wish home or we’ll hang it on our wish tree until spring.

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre exhibition. Free

  • Sat 7 to Sat 21 July, 10am to 4pm

Kidsfest: Dino Detectives

Kidsfest has gone prehistoric this year and will feature a dinosaur themed discovery trail through the Botanic Gardens. The trail will have children solving clues to discover what mystery dinosaur is eating all the plants in the Gardens.

Free activity booklets can be collected from the Visitor Centre. Daily. Free.

  • Sun 22 July, 2pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE. Annual general meeting to be held at the Old Information Centre. All welcome.

  • Wed 8 to Sun 12 August, evenings

Botanic D’Lights

With a theme this year of ‘Escape your Reality’ the event is aptly being sponsored by House of Travel.

The spectacular lighting won’t just be reserved for the Gardens this year – it’s set to extend into the Arts Centre and add an extra dimension to an already magical experience.

Free, $1 donation to Nurse Maude appreciated.

  • Sun 12 August, 10am to 12pm

Curators Edible Garden

Join Collection Curator Louise Young and Sustainability Expert Rhys Taylor for this month’s Edible Garden Workshop. August is all about pruning so come along and receive hands on, practical advice on how to prune everything from apples and pears to berries and currants. Enjoy a winter tapas tasting from the Curator’s House restaurant to round off the morning. Tickets coming to Eventfinda.

Curators Garden. $39, only 15 tickets available.

  • Fri 17 August, 10.30am

Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk – the Great Rift Valley of
East Africa

By Sue Verrell, independent travel leader and travel leader for Discover Travel. For 16 years in the mid 1990s Sue lived and worked along the Great Rift Valley. She established a landscape company in Tanzania working in stunning wildlife lodges and coastal retreats. She will talk about the wonderful experiences she had during this time.

Venue: old Information Centre
Cost: Members $5.00. Non Members $10.00