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Gardens & Parks

Botanica Gardens & The Fernery – A Whangarei Attraction

North Island

The Fernery is a delight for gardeners with its flourishing collection of rare and endangered New Zealand ferns. Enjoy the quiet corner of central Whangarei as you wander through the slightly faded timber frames and the hot houses.

Sub-tropical Northland Whangarei orchids flourishing in the warm climate, NZ
Sub-tropical Northland Whangarei orchids flourishing in the warm climate

What to expect at The Fernery, Whangarei


  • Bright, showy exotic palms and orchids
  • Bizarre shaped cacti and succulents
  • Fragrant subtropical plants
  • Flourishing native ferns thriving in the subtropical climate


Discover a small specialist garden at the end of a no exit street. Botanica Gardens specialise in ferns and orchids. The Fernery boasts one of New Zealand’s largest collections of native ferns found in New Zealand and its offshore islands.

The Fernery has three shade houses and a linking tunnel, ponds and a small waterfall and courtyard area. The central pond is home to three large eels which are fed every second or third day. Within the fernery is the Finn Bruce Filmy Fern House. This is a purpose-built adobe brick house that is home to a small collection of New Zealand native filmy ferns.


The Fernery merges seamlessly into the small public park. Cafler Park has a small stream, public seating and mature magnolia reliably bursting into bloom in late August – mid-September.

Cafler Park, New Zealand @Gardens to visit
Cafler Park @Gardens to visit

Parking at The Fernery

On-street parking is available on First Avenue or in the Forum North car park through Cafler Park and over the footbridge. The Fernery is located in the central city.



Whangarei Quarry Gardens lush foliage with concrete walls and iron work as part of the decorative features, NZ
Whangarei Quarry Gardens lush foliage with concrete walls and iron work as part of the decorative features

For gardening enthusiasts unmissable Whangarei attractions include the Whangarei Quarry Gardens and the A H Reed Memorial Park.

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