Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
The Wintergarden is located in the central suburb of Grafton in what’s called the Auckland Domain (Auckland largest park) just minutes from city center. When you drive in here (and you’ll need to drive) there is one handicapped parking space and everything is very level with no restrictive steps.
The Wintergarden was established after World War I and is a protected heritage site.
The complex consists of (1) two display glasshouses, one containing temperate plants, the other containing tropical plants, (2) a formal courtyard with a pond in the centre, and (3) a fernery within an old quarry.
If you like Botanical gardens you will love the Wintergarden which is very unique and the setting in this huge park is beautiful. The exhibit is free and just so you know there are NO public restrooms at this site.
We visited only the Tropical House and Fernery and spent an hour or so. There are a couple steps down to the pond but you can easily experience this without going down the steps. The Fernery has no steps, just an easy level path.
It’s really convenient to visit the Wintergarden after you visit the Auckland Museum as they are on the same large property. NOTE: the Google directions and website directions don’t work. Go to the museum or click on my directions above.