Picnic at Otari-Wilton's Bush
Te Marae o Tane - Information Centre
The Information Centre displays information on Otari-Wilton's Bush history and botanic diversity. The centre is located just inside the main entrance on Wilton Road.
There is seating for visiting groups, toilet facilities and a snack vending machine. A small meeting room can be hired for meetings, seminars and workshops (of up to 15 people) and is available Monday to Sunday, 4−10pm.
Leonard Cockayne Centre
A medium-sized room at the Leonard Cockayne Centre can be hired for meetings, seminars and wedding ceremonies. You can hire the room for groups of up to 25 people seated; maximum capacity 45 people. The Leonard Cockayne Centre is located at Otari-Wilton's Bush, 160 Wilton Road, Wilton.
Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust runs workshops and seminars from time to time. Check the events calendar for details.
School groups often visit to study New Zealand's plant life, and to experience the forest that once covered Wellington. An education kit is available.
Otari-Wilton's Bush is one of Wellington's best picnic spots. There are two main picnic areas - the North picnic area off Wilton's Bush Road, and the idyllic Troup Picnic Area on the Circular Walk.
The Troup Picnic Area is an open space ideal for large groups and school visits. It has toilet facilities, tap water, and two push-button gas barbecues (these run for 20 minutes - for longer cooking push the button again). Availability is on a first-in, first-served basis - please note the barbecues may still be hot from previous usage.
Although bookings are not required, large groups should advise the Treehouse Visitor Centre of intended visits.
Hiring a venue
You can hold weddings on Cockayne Lawn at Otari-Wilton's Bush - it is available for ceremonies involving up to 100 people.
To request a booking at this venue, refer to the following:
Pay for botanic garden venue
The reserve is a resource for botanical and horticultural research.
Staff at Otari-Wilton's Bush liaise closely with tertiary institutions and the scientific community, including Victoria University, Landcare Research NZ, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.