Auckland Botanic Gardens

Name of case study

Auckland Botanical Gardens


Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand




Urban/ landscape scale

Area / size

42,0000 m2

NbS employed

 Botanical Gardens

Type of NbS

Ecosystem Protection


 Auckland Regional Authority


 Auckland Regional Authority


Initial cost of the land is $NZ200,000 (1967)

Design group

Auckland Regional Authority, Auckland Botanic Garden committee

Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, South Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph by Golik, 2017. Source:
Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, South Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph by Golik, 2017. Source:
Climate change benefits

Biomass cover loss, Changes in rainfall, increased temperatures, indirect health, social, and cultural climate change impacts, reduced air quality, urban heat island effect.

Societal / socio-cultural benefits

Biodiversity health and conservation, climate change adaptation, economic and social development, human physical health and wellbeing, pressures of urbanisation.

Ecological benefits

Aesthetic value / artistic value/ artistic inspiration, climate regulation, creation of a sense of place, cultural diversity and history, habitat provision, pollination, recreation and tourism.

Summary of case study

The Auckland Botanical Garden acts as an ecosystem protection programme for many collections of plants that are both introduced and native to the area. Its main initiative has been to develop sustainable horticultural principles (Auckland Botanical Gardens, 2023). The aim is to establish plants that require minimal maintenance. To achieve this, plant trials and research can determine which plants perform well and remain healthy in relation to Auckland’s climate, especially as the climate changes. This research in the gardens is the basis for many planting-related initiatives around Auckland once successful. This research also enables climate change adaptation by establishing plants best suited for changing temperatures.

The Auckland Botanical Garden’s development in both size and green infrastructure potential over the years also helps with climate change mitigation. Adding urban greening systems like botanical gardens within the urban framework allows for climate benefits such as reduced air pollution, carbon storage, and water pollution mitigation by reducing stormwater runoff (Cavender & Donnelly, 2019).

The Auckland Botanical Garden attracts more than 950,000 visitors each year which not only benefits people’s health and well-being but also contributes to the economic recreation and tourism sector. Being a landmark of ecology has added many benefits to local people including the opportunity to get involved in volunteer initiatives.

Within the garden, there are 10 hectares dedicated to native forest which contributes to the preservation of Indigenous toanga species (special ‘treasure’ species). This also helps towards creating a sanctuary for native wildlife and protection of native plant species.

Being a non-profit initiative, The Auckland Botanical Garden can be maintained by volunteers which allows for education and social connections adding to the value of the project.

  • Cavender, N., & Donnelly, G. (2019). Intersecting urban forestry and botanical gardens to address big challenges for healthier trees, people, and cities. Plants, People, Planet1(4), 315-322.

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