Notable New Zealand Gardens New Zealand is a country that remained isolated from the other land masses for more than 75 million years. This isolation allowed the development of a unique flora (and fauna).  When the first humans – the Maori – settled the islands, they brought with them plants which adapted to their new environment. The same happened again centuries later when the first Europeans started settlements of their own. Today, that country’s landscape is a mix of native and ‘introduced’ species. Whenever possible this website will reflect that fact. AUSTRALIA Included on this website are photos of a garden I visited in Australia, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.   Click on the garden names below to access their individual pages. NORTH ISLAND: Auckland Domain, Auckland Pukekura Park, New Plymouth Mount Taranaki area Te Kainga Marire, New Plymouth Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington SOUTH ISLAND: Christchurch Botanic Gard