It's time to take a break from working so hard and head outdoors because Auckland is beginning to blossom, making it the perfect season for a walk.
Spring is coming on fast and it’s a beautiful thing. Enjoy the fact that you live in one beautiful city and enjoy the best flower walks Auckland has to offer.
Cherry trees are providing stunning goods this spring. A spectacular display of cherry blossom flowers awaits you at Cornwall Park this time of year. The enchanting pink flowers are with good reason an Auckland must-see and will have you appreciating spring in all its glory. The park's dark pink Taiwanese cherry blossoms (Prunus campanulata, main image above) are a favourite of tūī. There are seven different kinds of cherry blossom trees in Cornwall Park, and most are found by the main car park and along Puriri Drive. Their blossoms last for a few weeks from September, depending on the weather.
Along with anyone with eyes, we think the Domain is pretty, well, pretty. The Domain is truly charming, whether it be going for a romantic stroll with the s/o or going for your morning run, you won’t regret it! Don’t be shy to explore, the Domain includes duck ponds, picturesque Wintergardens and vibrant flowers and plant life.
Living up to its name and in true Eden style, exploring this garden is seriously peaceful. The home to many native New Zealand plants, Eden Garden is a flower-filled sanctuary. Located in the heart of Auckland, guests can enjoy the charming waterfall and a display of perennials, vireyas, camellias and bromeliads. Pro tip: book one of Eden Garden's charming high teas and the entry fee to the gardens is included, so you can take a constitutional tour after you've finished.
All you true Aucklanders will have been to Albert Park at one time or another. Whether you were taking a shortcut to work, or sitting legs crossed on the grass struuuggling your way through a uni assignment. This spring we’re suggesting you take a minute to appreciate all that is included in the surroundings of Albert Park. Aaand by this, we mean all the breathtaking flowers.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Located in Manurewa, the Auckland Botanic Gardens offer unique, beautiful landscapes that are perfect for a relaxing walk. With more than 10,000 plants from all over the world, the popular attraction is visited by hundreds of thousands each year, and for good reason! Pay a visit to the gardens and enjoy the native forest and display of captivating flowers. At this time of year, the cherry blossom trees are nothing short of spectacular.
Just a little further on from the Botanic Gardens and located just a leap from Whitford, Ayrlies Garden is one of our country’s most iconic and well-known spots. Take in the spectacular range of plants, trees and flowers and commune with nature with a leisurely stroll and really take the time to smell the roses.
Parnell Rose Gardens
We certainly can't miss a garden that celebrates roses! The concept in itself is something that sounds beautiful, and trust us, it sure is. The Parnell Rose Gardens is an epic place for activity goers to wander the dreamy grounds and embrace their inner romantic. Plus, a cheeky 'Gram with bae couldn’t hurt?
Wrights Water Gardens
Surrounding the Mauku waterfall, lies the picturesque Wrights Water Gardens. Explore the hidden pathways, follow the surprise bridges and you will find yourself amongst one of the gorgeous gardens that Auckland has to offer. Although majestic in every season, walking amongst the flower-filled gardens accompanied by the warmth of the sunshine sounds like an idyllic way to spend an afternoon to us.
Speaking of romance, Mincher Garden is home to a kissing gate! This delightful private garden is open by appointment only so once you've scored an in, pass through the kissing gate under the willow trees and find yourself winding your way down gravel paths taking in all that is the garden. Characterised by its orchards, streams and native plants, the Georgian-styled garden is genuinely magical. Bring a picnic and while away the afternoon in nature's bosom.
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Image credit: Main and top image Cornwall Park, Eden Garden, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Ayrlies Gardens by Karl Satchell, Wrights Water Gardens.