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Fernglen Native Plant Gardens

Fernglen bush view
Nikau Tree Fern Gully

Fernglen Gardens are located in Kauri Road, Birkenhead and owned by the Auckland Council and administered by the Auckland Council Parks Department.

Fernglen is devoted to the growing and preservation of New Zealand plants. It aims to educate people of all ages about New Zealand flora and fauna. The gardens consist of approximately 9 acres of Kauri Association bush with roughly half an acre under cultivation.

Well maintained walking tracks provide an excellent opportunity to observe many interesting species including two 300 year old kauri and ancient rimus clothed in epiphytes.

Of special interest to Fernglen visitors will be:

Silver Fern
Silver Fern
  • The collection of rare alpine plants
  • View other rare and endangered plants from throughout the New Zealand botanic region
  • An enclosed Fernery containing 'Prince of Wales Feather Fern'
  • A bush walk across serene nikau tree fern gully surrounded by a great variety of native bush
  • The smallest conifer in the world
  • The largest forget-me-not in the world
  • Birds all year round: Riroriro (Grey Warbler), Nakonako or Pipiwharauroa (Shining Cuckoo) Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Tui, Tauhou (Silvereye)
  • Minibeasts galore
  • New wetlands area where cattle once grazed and watered
  • Spring flowers
  • Autumn seed collecting

The entrance to Fernglen is located along the extension of Kauri Road at:

36 Kauri Road (between house numbers 30 and 48)



Fernglen welcomes visitors daily during daylight hours. We ask visitors to Fernglen to please sign the visitor's book located next to the information signs by the entrance gate before you leave.