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Spicer Botanical Park



Primary Purpose of Reserve

Values & Outcomes

Heritage values

Natural values


The plantings represent vegetation from different parts of the world.

Adjacent to Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve.

Mitchell Stream.

Recreation values

Walking, picnicking, exploring the trees in the Arboretum.

Entrance to Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve.

Other values

This is not a Crown Derived Reserve.

This reserve and the adjacent landfill (opened 1976) have inherited the name Spicer as a reference to the Spicer trig station, the nearest landmark at the time. The trig station was originally named for the pioneering Spicer family who owned the land at the head of Ohariu Valley; the site of the trig station. 

Utilities (Important): Sewer, Stormwater.

Landfill, leachate pond.

Outcomes sought
  1. Improve the arboretum through on-going specimen plantings.

  2. Provide carparking.

  3. Provide landscape appreciation, walking and cycling opportunities.

  4. Safeguard the reserve as a contributor to Porirua’s Western Green Belt, and retain access connections to Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve.

  5. Co-operate with Wellington City Council to develop a destination hub for recreation involving and integrating recreation management of the Spicer Botanical Park, the lower Spicer Landfill land, and adjacent plantation forest land.

  6. Prepare a development plan to achieve these outcomes.

Legal Description

Appellation Reserve Act Classification Gazette notices
Sec 409 Porirua Dist Recreation Reserve New Zealand Gazette 2011 In 8276
Part Lot 1 DP 52949 Freehold (part of landfill site)

Other information

Information Description
Parcel Area (ha) 7.90
Certificate of Title
District Plan Zones Open Space
Earlier NZ Gazette Notice References
Scale Local
Village Elsdon, Kenepuru, Takapuwahia
Ground Shaking No
Landslide Susceptibility No
Tsunami Evacuation Zone No
Liquefaction Zone No