Roberta and I left one morning for an exploratory drive south of Auckland. We had a general goal to head out to a beach but nothing more than that. While heading south on the motorway we saw a sign for the Auckland Botanic Garden and decided to stop.
The buildings were very modern and it was a surprise that entry was free. The grounds are huge with many different areas of interest. You can tell that it is a heavily kid oriented area, it was all the screaming that gave it away.
My favorite area in gardens is always the succulent section. They seem like the type of plants most likely to have come directly from outer space.
We would highly recommend going to the Auckland Botanic Gardens if you have a spare weekend day.