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Botanical Gardens

Opening Hours

Opening hours

Pedestrian access 24 hours


Roebuck Road, Aberdeen Road and Carnarvon Street.

The main car park is on Carnarvon Street by the playground.  Street parking and access is available on Aberdeen Road.  There is limited street parking on Roebuck Road.

Corner of Aberdeen Road and Carnarvon Street


Less than 1 kilometre from the city centre, alongside the Taruheru River.

Things to do

  • Birds3 - Bird Aviary
  • Duck - Ducks to feed
  • Picnic Table - Picnic Tables
  • Playground - Playground
  • Toilets - Toilets

Things you can't do

  • No Camping - X No Camping
  • No Dogs - X No Dogs
  • No Fire - X No Fires

About Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens host an impressive framework of mature trees, meandering wide paths, and stunning garden collections. Alongside the native New Zealand bush, the roses and flowerbeds, the riverside garden are the Sister City Gardens said to be the ‘jewels in the crown’ for the Botanical Gardens. Developed between 1997 and 2000, the Palm Desert (USA), Gisborne (Aus), and Nonochi (Japan) gardens are inspired by and represent the Sister City locations, made up of iconic materials and plants.

An important feature of the Botanical Gardens is the open space and area of lawn that it provides for picnics and gathering, as well as an extensive children playground. Another highly regarded feature of the Botanical gardens is the free-flying bird aviary, developed in 1872, now home to a variety of birds.

Event or wedding venue

To book Botanical Gardens for your wedding ceremony or to hold an event. Fill in the online booking form

On the booking form - tell us what area of the gardens you would like to hold your ceremony or any event.
Map of the Botanical Gardens

Reserve management plan

To read the Botanical Gardens management plan


The Botanical Gardens were set aside in 1908 making it Gisborne’s oldest reserve. It was historically used to play cricket and host town gatherings.

Botanical Gardens images on Flickr

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