The Exhibition
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The Exhibition

The Exhibition

How long is the exhibition on for?

The Sculpture in the Gardens 2017-2018 exhibition is taking place from 11 November 2017 through 25 February 2018.

In the meantime be sure to visit the Botanic Gardens to view the extensive permanent outdoor collection of sculptures. There is always something happening in the Botanic Gardens. For the latest updates go to the Gardens’ website.

How will I know where the permanent sculptures are or ensure I don’t miss any?

You can pick up a brochure from Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre at the Botanic Gardens.

When can I visit?

For opening hours of the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre and Café’ Miko click here.

How long will it take me to see all of the permanent collection?

At a leisurely pace it will take about an hour to see all of the permanent works.

Is it ok to touch the sculptures or climb on them?

Many sculptures are tactile and designed for you to touch but please treat them with respect and care. Climbing is generally not allowed unless the sculpture is specifically intended to be climbed or ‘used’ by the public as a seat or play structure.  Please consider the nature of the work before you or your children engage with it.

Are the works for sale?

All artworks in both the indoor and outdoor exhibitions are for sale. Enquiries can be made at the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre.

Food and Beverages

Are food and beverages available?

Food and beverages can be purchased from Café Miko located in the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre. The Café is fully licensed and is open every day, except Christmas day. For times click here.

Are there water fountains?

There are water fountains in the Gardens at three locations.

Can we picnic?

Picnicking is permitted throughout the Gardens.


Do we have to walk the trail?

The Wiri Rambler ‘train’ is available on weekends and costs $2 per adult and $1 per child.  The ride is a continuous loop about 35mins long with no stops. Many of the sculptures can be seen along the route. The Wiri Rambler can be hired for groups at other times, please contact at the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre, phone 267 1457.

Are mobility scooters/wheelchairs available?

Yes, these are free of charge and can be obtained from the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre; bookings are recommended.

Is there an eftpos machine?

Both the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre and the Café accept eftpos and credit cards. There is no ‘cash out’ facility at the Gardens.

Is there an ATM available?

The nearest ATM is in Manurewa.

Do you sell sunscreen?

Sunscreen is provided at the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre free of charge.

Is there a public phone?

There is no public phone on site. Public can make local calls using the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre reception phone if required.


Is there a safe place to park my bike?

Yes, there is a rack just outside the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre. We ask that you do not ride it through the Gardens.

Is there public transport?

Buses travel to Manurewa from Britomart Transport Centre. Visit the Auckland Transport website or phone (09) 366 6400 for timetable information. Ask the bus driver to drop you at Southmall. From Southmall, walk up Hill Road from the traffic lights, after about 20 minutes, the Gardens will be on your left 100m past the motorway overbridge. Or you can catch the number 466 bus at the Southmall Manurewa Interchange; this stops outside the main gate of the Gardens.

Trains also run direct to the Manurewa Interchange from Britomart.

Is there car parking?

There is a free car park at the Hill Road entry to the Gardens. For directions to the Gardens click here.

Is there a taxi rank?

There is no official taxi rank. Taxis must be ordered by phone which can be done by the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre reception team on your behalf. Taxi drivers should be asked to pick up and drop off at outside the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa.


Can we ride our bikes along the sculpture trail?

Please leave bikes/scooters/skates/skateboards at home or in the car as their use is not permitted within the Gardens.

Can I take photographs?

Yes, you are welcome to take photos.

Can we bring our dog?

Dogs are permitted within the Gardens provided they are under control and on a leash. Dogs are not permitted within the buildings or Potter Children’s Garden unless they are assistance dogs.

Do you have a shop?

The Gardens does not have a gift shop. When the exhibition is on artworks on display are for sale.

Are there children events / activities?

Children enjoy the Potter Children’s Garden and other kids’ trails at the Gardens.

For other activities click here.