The Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens
From November 29th until March 6th 2016 Auckland Botanic Gardens is playing host to the fifth Sculptures in the Gardens exhibition to celebrate unique local art and New Zealand summer.
Alejandro, Juno, and Sally with one of the permanent sculptures.
The 1.8km walk is free to the public and features twenty spectacular pieces from a number of Kiwi artists, including Fred Graham, Greer Twiss, Peter Lange, and the McConnel Family Supreme Award winner Jamie Pickernell, for his piece; Keep.
With a focus on creating a unique space with South Pacific influence, the team of Auckland Botanic are knowledgeable and passionate about the plants, the art and sustainability. The garden has been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Gold for their efforts in conserving threatened native species, and their interest in New Zealand’s cultural heritage is represented in part by their collection of harakeke.
Chris Moore's Bird Songs
Throughout the summer the gardens are open from 8am to 8pm daily, and the visitors centre and cafe from 8am until 4pm.The gardens are accessible for all and wheel chairs and mobility scooters are available. The gardens are also dog friendly, provided you keep man’s best friend on a leash.
The gardens are a beautiful setting to throw down a picnic blanket and have a picnic in the sun, or one could pop into the cafe where there is a great selection of meals. Children are catered for in the award-winning Potter Children’s Playground.
They’re a great place for people of all ages to visit when staying at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel.
Many of our guests enjoy visiting the attraction which is only a half-hour drive en route heading South; certainly a worthwhile diversion.
Regan Gentry’s Woods from the Trees - Radiata
Gerry, Sally, Alejandro, and Juno the Dog paid a visit to the exhibition New Year’s Day and Gerry rates this the finest exhibition he as seen in some time. He was particularly taken with Garry Nash’s Waypoint, Chris Moore’s Bird Songs, and Sam Duckor-Jones’ Strong Men Point Their Toes.
Waypoint by Garry Nash. The orbs are made from blown glass.