Massey University Botanic Gardens project

Massey University's Botanic Garden project will create the first research-led botanic garden in New Zealand.

Massey's Manawatū campus is a beautiful, lush expanse, that already plays host to 11,000 different species of plants. This project aims to expand on this to create a botanic garden available for research, teaching and to the community across New Zealand and internationally. The garden will generate a wealth of information on restoration methods and the management of rare, threatened and endangered plants from around the world.

The Botanic Gardens are currently in the planning stage.

Focus areas

Turitea Stream near Massey University in Manawatu

Restore native corridor

Turitea Stream runs alongside the Manawatū campus. Restoration of the stream and its surrounds will create a corridor for native plants and wildlife to thrive. Concurrent research on restoration methods and stream health will involve work from botanists, ecologists and zoologists from Massey, the local community and beyond.

Arboretum on the Massey University Manawatu campus


Massey's arboreteum is a well-established haven for native and exotic trees. This area will be incorporated into the Botanic Garden Project, with improved tree signage and pathways to enable better access to this existing resource.

Seedlings being grown in research area

Research plots and themed gardens

The creation of plots for specific research projects and themed gardens will provide researchers, students and the community with access to tailored and specific plantings for education and enjoyment.

Related links

Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium

The Herbarium has around 40,000 databased plant specimens, with many thousands more to be catalogued.

NZ Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

The Seed Bank aims to collect the seeds of New Zealand flora, to conserve the biodiversity within New Zealand’s indigenous flora.

Study at Massey

Massey University offers world-leading study programmes in plant science, ecology, zoology and related subjects.

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