We’ve had family visiting this weekend. It was wonderful to see my sister and her family.
Today, we went to Otari Wilton’s Bush for a relaxing walk before they left to head back north. Otari Wilton’s Bush is a reserve and also contains the only botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. The forest is a tiny remnant of mature podocarp northern rata forest that was once the common forest type on the Wellington Peninsula.
Fortunately for us, some far-sighted individuals back in the 1800’s realised that not much forest was being preserved in the rush to ‘develop’ New Zealand. So this tiny bit of land (today it’s around 100 hectares) has been protected as a recreation area for Wellingtonians since the 1860’s. You can read more about it in the link I’ve provided above.
Come for a walk with me now,
Ngaio seedling. The leaves of this small tree were crushed in water and used by Maori as an insect repellent. Handy to know if you’re caught in the bush when the midges are out!
We only did the short, 30 minute walk. You could stay in there all day, exploring and learning about the native plants and botanical history of New Zealand.