The New Zealand Garden Trust classifies Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, as a Garden of National Significance. Established in 1871, the gardens are full of flowering trees, ferns, and a Matai tree that’s around 1,000-years-old. The gardens are a must-visit for keen gardeners and nature lovers to explore.
Horticulture enthusiasts will delight in the Glenfalloch Gardens’ rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, native ferns, and New Zealand trees. There are also views of the Otago Harbour, wildlife and native birds, and a number of activities, such as a trampoline for kids, artists’ and potters’ studios, and a restaurant and cafe. It’s a relaxing place to visit with kids, and a fine addition to Otago Peninsula sightseeing itineraries.
Travelers often visit the historic garden on sightseeing tours of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, which is an area full of natural beauty, wildlife, sweeping views, and short hikes. Multi-day tours leave from Queenstown and Christchurch.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Glenfalloch restaurant is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Dunedin, so is worth visiting for a meal. Call ahead to book.
- Visitors are requested to pay their entrance fee at an honesty box. As the gardens are owned by the Otago Peninsula Trust, a charitable trust, it’s highly recommended that you do pay the entrance charge to help maintain the gardens.
- The Otago Peninsula can get cold in the winter, so wrap up warm if visiting during this time.
How to Get There
Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, located in Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, are easy to get to if driving your own car—it’s less than a half-hour from Dunedin. Buses from central Dunedin take around 40 minutes and leave several times a day. Otherwise, a private sightseeing tour is the most convenient way to see the gardens, plus other attractions on the peninsula.
When to Get There
The gardens are open year-round, and each season offers something for you to admire. The gardens are at their best in spring and summer, with blooming flowers creating a colorful place to visit. In the autumn and winter, the trees are adorned with attractive autumn colors. Note: The on-site restaurant closes Mondays and Tuesdays from April to September.
Nature Tours of the Otago Peninsula
A short drive from the city of Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula offers many nature and wildlife experiences, the Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens being one of them. Visitors to the gardens can combine their trip with a visit to Larnach Castle, and the peninsula’s seal, penguin, and albatross colonies.