New Zealand: Eden Garden with Auckland Explorer Bus

Eden Garden in Auckland was our fourth stop with Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop tour. We got a discount on entry because we came with the Auckland Explorer Bus, but didn’t get to spend as much time in the gift shop as we wanted because we wanted to be able to hike up Mount Eden. We did eat at the cafe though.

The Eden Garden in Auckland is one of the stops that the Auckland Explorer Hop on, Hop off Tour makes. Its grounds are full of birds, flowers and other plants, and its location at the end of a cul-de-sac make it a special, quiet place away from the city. Walking the paths is pleasant, and the simple guide you get on entry shows what’s flowering when you visit.

Eden Garden History

Situated on the side of one of Auckland’s many volcanic cones, this space had provided stone for many Auckland buildings. Sir Frank Mappin purchased the property as it adjoined to his own. In 1962, Mappin wanted to give the property to the country, but the quarry was classified as an eyesore. The government rejected the quarry. Mappin asked Clark what he could do about it. In 1964, Jack Clark and 15 friends began converting an old quarry into the gardens.

Garden Café

If you want to experience high tea at Eden Garden, you’ll need to book at least 3 days in advance. High tea includes the cost of entry into the garden. The café offers a seasonal menu and a full list of coffee drinks. Reservations are recommended.

Eden Garden Now

Eden Garden offers several different activities throughout the year. It is a non-profit organization and has several volunteer opportunities. It has the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of camellias. Birds you might see include tuis, kingfishers, and fantails.

All information has been adapted from the Eden Garden – Auckland’s Best Kept Secret Guide and from their website. They are scheduled open from 9 am to 4 pm.


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