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The Domain is located centrally and is the largest and oldest park in Auckland. The park contains the huge war memorial and is also home to a wintergarden which holds two glasshouses of tropical plants.
You could easily spend half a day here as there are also many walking tracks that take you through waterways and bushland settings.
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Wintergarden and Fernz Fernery
The Wintergarden glass houses and the Fernz Fernery are located in the city park known as Auckland Domain. Situated to the East of the city centre towards a suburb of Auckland City called Parnell. It's a short taxi ride from most of the downtown hotels and a really pleasant "Thing to Do", and the entrance is FREE.
Summer Hours: 9:00am - 5.30pm and to 7.30pm Sundays.
Winter Hours: 9:00am - 4.30pm daily (1 April - 31 October).
There are two glasshouses, one Temperate and one Tropical, both with glorious examples of fauna.
Naturally the tropical house displays the most colourful blooms, often not seen in subTropical New Zealand.
The waterlily pond central to the Tropical house, is a real feature that often attracts photographers.
Walking around this area, along with the lovely outdoor fernery, is so pleasant and envigorating. But it's also quite 'do-able' for those of us who are not so mobile. A real oasis in the midcity, and together with neighbouring Auckland War Memorial Museum a lovely way to spend the afternoon or morning. You get glorious views of the city, Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island from the steps of the Museum, just up the hill from the Wintergarden.
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