Queenstown Gardens

The Queenstown Gardens, located next to the town of Queenstown, New Zealand is a botanical garden which contains a variety of exotic and native trees and plants as well as a large pond and a range of facilities. Some of the facilities in the garden include a children's playground, tennis, lawn bowls, skate boarding, BMX biking, skating, Parkrun, disc golf and ice skating/ice hockey.

Queenstown Gardens
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Entrance to Gardens on Park Street
TypeBotanic gardens
LocationQueenstown, New Zealand
Coordinates45°02′16″S 168°39′35″E / 45.037704°S 168.659836°E / -45.037704; 168.659836Coordinates: 45°02′16″S 168°39′35″E / 45.037704°S 168.659836°E / -45.037704; 168.659836
Area14.75 hectares (36.4 acres)
Created1867 (1867)[1]
Operated byQueenstown Lakes District Council
OpenAll year
WebsiteOfficial website

There is a variety of trails in the garden with views of the surrounding mountains and of Lake Wakatipu and the Frankton Arm as well as Queenstown itself.

The most visible large tree species in the garden is that of the Douglas fir of which there are many large specimens. This tree also forms a protective forest that surrounds much of the gardens. There is also a Rose Garden just past the tennis court.

HistoryEdit

Māori used the Queenstown Gardens peninsula in pre European times specifically the local tribe of Kāti Māmoe had a settlement here at one stage but it was no longer there once European explorers arrived. The first two trees planted at the garden were English oaks in 1866 by the first Mayor of Queenstown James W. Robertson and Mr McConnochie the nurseryman at the time[2] to commemorate the incorporation of the borough, but it wasn't until 1867 that the gardens were officially opened and the major planting began. Residents at the time set about planting exotic trees which they planted wherever they chose. By the 1900s the Department of Tourist and Health Resorts was promoting the gardens internationally. The band rotunda near the Park Street entrance was originally established in 1891 but rebuilt in 1999 by the Queenstown Lions Club. In the 1960s a formal rose garden was established with 850 rose bushes planted.

The Disc Golf Course is the first permanently marked course in New Zealand.[3]

Heritage treesEdit

The heritage trees planted by the first mayor of Queenstown, James William Robertson, and protected in the gardens are:

 
Female Monkey Puzzle Tree
 
Sequoiadendron giganteum in Queenstown Gardens

MemorialsEdit

There are two significant memorials in the gardens:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reserve Management Plans". Queenstown Lakes District Council.
  2. ^ Scuttlebutt (121 ed.). Queenstown Lakes District Council. August 2017. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Fun Facts About Queenstown (Bullet 10))". Destination Queenstown.
  4. ^ "Reserve Management Plans". Queenstown Lakes District Council.

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