If you are lucky enough to be in Auckland in late spring to early autumn, head to the fragrant and vibrant Parnell Rose Gardens. Over 5,000 roses bloom annually in the park, also known as the Dove-Myer Robinson Park. The roses begin to bloom in October and are masterpieces of nature by mid-November for the annual Festival of Roses, which celebrated 25 years in 2018.
Featuring both new and old rose varieties, the gardens are a highlight in Auckland’s oldest neighbourhood of Parnell. An eclectic mix, some of the flowers have been bred by internationally celebrated rose breeders.
Getting to Dove-Myer Robinson Park
- The Parnell Rose Gardens are off of Gladstone Road in the Auckland neighbourhood of Parnell.
- There is both street parking and car parks inside the gate.
- Pedestrian access to the park is available 24 hours.
- Entry is free.
- The Auckland Hop-on Hop-off bus stops at the Parnell Rose Gardens and is a great way to enjoy the city.
More about the Parnell Rose Gardens
Dove-Myer Robinson Park is one of many lovely urban parks in Auckland.
- Aside from the roses, Dove-Myer Robinson Park is also home to the oldest manuka and the largest pohutukawa tree in Auckland.
- The adjacent Nancy Steen Garden features excellent examples of heritage roses that are typically in bloom from October and April.
- Also in Parnell is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the world’s only example of a Polynesian-gothic style church.
- If you love flowers, don’t miss the Auckland Wintergardens. Also free to enter, it is on the Auckland Domain, near the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
- A visit to the rose gardens is just one of the many free things to do in Auckland.
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