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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the exhibition on for?

The Sculpture in the Gardens 2019-2020 exhibition is on from 17 November 2019 through 1 March 2020.

The Botanic Gardens also has an 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 sculptures are to ensure I don’t miss any?

You can pick up a Trail Guide from Huakaiwaka visitor centre at the Botanic Gardens. Plus directional signage is along the sculpture trail.

When can I visit?

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

How long will it take me to walk the sculpture exhibition?

At a leisurely pace it will take about an hour and a half to see all twenty exhibited 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. If a sculpture is fenced, or has ‘do not touch’ signs, please do not touch them.

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.

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 at the Library, Rose Garden and Potter Children’s Garden

Where are the toilets?

There are four toilet blocks – at the Visitor Centre, Library, Rose Garden and outside the Potter Children’s Garden.

Can we picnic?

Yes! 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. Some 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.

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. If posting to Facebook or Instagram use #sculptureinthegardens so you can enter into our photography competition.

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 exhibition has outdoor artworks, t-shirts, indoor artworks, medallions and jewellery for sale, within the Huakaiwaka visitor centre.

Are there children events / activities?

Grab a copy of the Kids Trail from the visitor centre. We also have hands-on activities planned for January. Children enjoy the Potter Children’s Garden and other kids’ trails at the Gardens.

For other activities click here.