Here’s a list of Auckland gardens open to visitors.

The following is a list of Auckland gardens open to the public to visit.

Please note some of the Auckland gardens listed are private, so an appointment may be necessary before visiting. There may also be a charge to visit these private Auckland gardens.

Auckland Botanic Gardens.

General information:
Open. Dawn – dusk, all year.
These Auckland gardens are publicly owned by the Auckland Regional Authority.
Over 65 hectares including 10 hectares of native forest – an important remnant in the Ak area.
It has a capacity for capacity for large group sizes. Recommended minimum visit time of 3 hours. Best to visit in Summer, Autumn, Spring.

Description of these Auckland gardens:
Started in 1973 on gently sloping farmland. Development is continuing with new features being added. The area has a wide variety of plant collections, from temperate to sub-tropical regions in their own separate areas.
The native plant collections concentrate on plants naturally occurring in the northern parts of New Zealand, including an area with threatened and near extinct plants. The South African area is fascinating with protea, erica, bulbs and succulents.
There is also a substantial collection of succulents and cacti in the rock area, where a large Aloe barbarae (syn.bainsesii) is a feature.
Other collections in these Auckland gardens include the salvia, camellia, magnolia and rose families while the herb and the edible area are always popular with visitors.
Two notable collections are – palms, including the native nikau. While descendants of plants that once lived in the ancient southern continent of Gondwana, may be seen, including cycads and related sub-tropical plants that are becoming established in the nearby Gondwana Arboretum.
There are also: a coastal, alpine , cottage, edible, formal, Herb , and Rose gardens. Herbaceous borders, sculpture, water features, and wetland.

Facilities and Amenities in these Auckland gardens:
It best to enter at the Hill Road entrance, where there following are available: A brochure/map at the Information Centre, bus/coach & car parking, Cafe near entrance, plant Sales, seating , toilets , tour guide(s) , wheelchair access. Children are welcome, and picnics are allowed.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
102 Hill Road
Manurewa
South Ak.
Phone 09 267 1457
Fax 09 266 3698
www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

Auckland Domain Wintergardens.

General information:
Publically owned by the Ak City Council.
Opening Hours: 1 April – 31 October Monday to Sunday (9am – 4.30pm) 1 November – 31 March Monday to Saturday (9am – 5.30pm) and Sunday (9am – 7.30pm)
Capacity for group sizes 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less for these Auckland gardens.
Best to visit in Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Description:
It was designed in the 1920s in the style of the famous English partnership of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jeckyll.
Displays an interesting seasonal succession of in each of the two barrel vaulted Victorian style glass houses which face out on to an large paved courtyard and sunken pool water feature. One house has heating and exhibits tropical and heat loving plants. While the other displays temperate plants in season.
Pergolas festooned with showy climbers, link the two structures framing the formal design.
A collection of native New Zealand ferns grow in a sunken area at the rear.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach & car parking, seating, toilets,Cafe nearby. Children welcome, picnics allowed, wheelchair access.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
20 Park Road
Grafton
Ak City Region
Phone 09 3792020
www.aucklandcity.govt.nz

Atarangi Garden.

General information:

Opening Hours 10.00am – 4.00pm winter/9.00am – 6.00 pm summer A privately owned, two acre property with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 2 hours for these Auckland gardens.
Best to visit in spring and summer.
Appointments are required during week days.

Description:
Atarangi Garden has been developed from farmland since 1986.
These Auckland gardens has panoramic views across the Manakau harbour, to the Waitakere Ranges and to the Clevedon Valley.
It features an extensive rose collection with over 600 old-fashioned and modern roses. Beyond which is a walk way planted with New Zealand native plants as well as a range of Clivia, Hosta and Vireya Rhododendrons, Azalea, maples,Camellia, Magnolias, Hellebore, foxglove, Cyclamen and other shade tolerant plants. Atarangi also has a large perennial border with many Salvia, Aquilegia and Penstemon. – over 50 of the latter are for sale.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach car parking, seating, toilets, tour guide(s) available, picnics allowed,children welcome,plant sales.
Refreshments and lunches are available by prior arrangement.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
85 Awanui Rise
R D 2 Papakura
5 km East of Papakura
Phone 09 298 3238
Email n_wguyatarangi@xtra.co.nz

Directions:
From Papakura, travel along Clevedon Rd; turn right into Heard Rd, left into Ohiwa Rd, right into Awanui Rise, then right down private road to Atarangi Garden on right.

Ayrlies Garden.

General information:
Privately owned
Larger than 10 acres, ( 4 hectares ).
Has a capacity for group sizes greater than 20.
Appointments are required.
Recommended 2 hours to visit.
Best to visit in Summer, Autumn, Spring.

Opening Hours All year by appointment mon- fri. Closed Sun.

Description:
More than 40 years from a bare site, these Auckland gardens are close to maturity.
Situated in gently sloping land east of Ak city.
It is has sweeping lawns and informal, but detailed plantings with ponds and waterways.
A feature is a the use of colour in the ‘Lurid Border’, where ‘hot’ colours are used to great effect and else where old roses, clematis and perennials provide a romantic style.
The owner has successfully managed to have some plant providing horticultural interest every week of the year. The almost subtropical climate allows exotic plants such as Petrea, Alocasia, Bromeliads, Vireya Rhododendrons and Ficus dammaropsis from New Guinea to proliferate.
Trees and shrubs provide a backdrop for roses, perennials, bulbs and grasses while plants native of New Zealand are prominent.
A wild flower meadow is at its best in early summer.
Below the garden there is a large wetland area connecting the garden to the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
Also herbaceous borders, a plant nursery, coastal, informal, pergola, rose, scented, water, and woodland, wetland, and water features.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
A brochure/map, bus/coach, and car parking, seating ,toilets, tour guide(s), plant sales, picnics allowed.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
125 Potts Rd
Whitford5 km North East of Whitford
Phone 09 530 8706
Fax 09 530 8451
Email ayrliesgardens@xtra.co.nz
www.ayrlies.co.nz

Directions: To find these Auckland gardens,from Whitford travel 2.5 k. turn left into Clifton Road, 1.5 k. veer left into Potts Road, Ayrlies Garden is 1.5 km on the right.

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.

General information about these Auckland gardens:
An easy one-hour trip from Ak City.
The Trail is open everyday from 10am to 5pm.

.Children must be supervised by one adult per two children.
Trail Passes include a trail map which lists the works on display.

Guide dogs are permitted, however no pets are allowed as there is livestock and abundant bird life.

Description of these Auckland gardens:
The Brick Bay Sculpture Trail near Snells Beach, displays contemporary sculpture by established and emerging artists. Set in a rural background with Brick Bay Vineyard, native bush, pasture and a pond.
A 2km sculpture trail takes you around a large pond, through native bush with a changing exhibition of 25 to 30 works of sculpture carefully positioned.It can be easily traversed in less than an hour by most people.All sculptures are for sale so exhibits change as works are sold.
The structural centre piece of this attraction is the Glass House. It houses a tastefully decorated cafe with food and Brick Bay Wines available to enjoy while you savor the relaxing environment. It also contains a resource centre where you can browse through art publication and the Brick Bay Sculpture archive.
The plan is that the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail will attract visitors on their way to or from the other attractions already in the area such as the Matakana Village Farmers Market, and other sculpture projects, art galleries and vineyard tasting establishments.

Facilities and amenities:
Bus/coach, and car parking, seating ,toilets,cafe.

Location & contact:
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Arabella Lane (off Mahurangi East Road)
RD2 Warkworth
Phone 09 425 4690
Fax 09 425 4691
Email: sculpture@brickbay.co.nz
www.brickbaysculpture.co.nz
www.brickbay.co.nz

Directions to find these Auckland gardens:
Take SH1 north from Auckland to Warkworth. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights, then take the second turn right Marked Sandspit/Snells Beach. After you see a ‘Welcome to Snells Beach’ sign, in front of a picturesque view out to sea. There is a brown sign on the left saying Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Trail. Turn left into Arabella Lane.Then turn left at the sign saying ‘Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Trail’.

Bridgewater Country Estate.

General information:
Opening Hours 10 am – 4 pm. 1st November – May 31st.
A privately owned 15 acre property with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in Summer.
Caters to corporate functions and weddings.

Description:
It has a collection of approximately 570 hydrangeas bushes. There are many Camellia, Rhododendron, roses and daffodils.There are expansive lawns, water gardens – including lilies, a board walk through native bush, an Astroturf tennis court and a swimming pool, as well as many large deciduous trees.
Weddings have been held in the garden since 2003.
Renowned amongst photographers for it’s beauty.

Location & contact:
561 Peak Road
Kaukapakapa
Phone 09 4416499
Email rose@bridgewaterestate.co.nz
www.bridgewaterestate.co.nz

Directions to find these Auckland gardens:
Northern Motorway.-
Approximately thirty five minutes from the Auckland central city.Take the Northern Motorway (SH1), until you reach Silverdale exit, turn left at the roundaboutafter 300m turn right into Pine Valley Rd and continue to the T junction (11.8km)At the T junction turn right into Kahikatea Flat Rd and travel for 11.8kmTurn left at the Real Estate Agents, travel another 200m and turn left at the church into Peak RoadTravel approx 6km. You will find Bridgewater Country Estate at 561 Peak Rd, on the Left side of the road after a steep rise.

North Western Motorway.-
Takes approximately thirty five minutes from the central city. Go to end of the North Western Motorway and turn left at the traffic lights. At the roundabout (about 500m) turn right onto State Highway 16. Travel along SH16 a few km past the Riverhead turnoff, until you reach Allely house on the right hand side (large white colonial style restaurant), on the corner of Old North Road. Travel all the way along Old North Rd, all the way through Riverhead State forest until it ends at a T junction where you turn right into Peak Rd. (about 10 minutes)Travel along Peak Rd. Go past the 4WD adventure park on your right and just over the rise on your right is Bridgewater Country Estate at 561 Peak Rd.

Brookgreen Park.

General information about these Auckland gardens:

Opening Hours From beginning October – mid May by appointment.
A privately owned property between 0.5 and 5 hectares in size, with a capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointment required.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in spring,summer,autumn.

Description of at these Auckland gardens:
Brookgreen Park is a large property in the country. The house is positioned on a high part of the property with vistas of the expansive lawns below. Formal trimmed box hedges surround roses and manicured topiary shrubs to one side. While opposite a path leads to a gazebo with a Clivia and New Guinea Impatiens planting. A walkway lined with Melia azedarach takes you to a pond with an arching bridge. Pink water lillies flower in here in spring and summer. Another bridge takes you to an area planted with maple, Hosta and ferns. Looking across the water you can see a formal fountain and tiled rill water course. The walkway back goes through a palm collection to a vegetable potager with topiary citrus trees.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Bus/coach and car parking, seating, toilets, tour guide(s), morning/afternoon teas & lunches by available prior arrangement, picnics allowed.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
15 Goldflats Lane
Albany
10 km North of Auckland City.
Phone 09 4154433
Fax 09 415 4438
Email brookgreen@xtra.co.nz

Directions: 3 km north of Albany, turn left onto Highway 28 being the Coatesville/Riverhead hway for 5.9 km, then turn left onto Goldflats Lane. Brookgreen Park is 150 metres on left.

Cornwall Park & One Tree Hill Domain.

General information:
Opening Hours All year – dawn to dusk.The park is open 7.00 am to dusk every day.
Closing times change according to the seasonal changes to daylight saving.
Check www.cornwallpark.co.nz for updates.
Signs at the various gates in the park display the closing time.
Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain is publicly owned and managed for the recreation and enjoyment of all visitors, with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 3 hours.
Best to visit in Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Description:
Cornwall Park surrounds One Tree Hill a volcanic cone that was occupied by a Maori fortification (pa) in the early 1700’s and probably earlier than that, features of which can still be seen.It is accessible either from Greenlane Rd, Manukau Rd or Campbell Rd, in the suburbs of Auckland.
The Park contains many volcanic and archaeological features that can be seen today.
The Park’s donor, Sir John Logan Campbell, is buried on the summit alongside the obelisk.
The Park is known for its design that incorporates open grasslands grazed by sheep and cattle, specimen trees line many roads, magnificent mature trees which enhance the grassy slopes below the cone.
It also has a range of passive recreational facilities, with many interesting geological and archaeological features.The park’s donor, Sir John Logan Campbell, is buried on the summit beside the obelisk.

Facilities and amenities available:
Children welcome, wheelchair access, dogs welcome (on leash).
Lunches available and morning/afternoon refreshments available at the restaurant or kiosk between the Greenlane entrance and the One Tree Hill lookout.
Children’s play area near the Stardome at the Manukau road entrance.
The garden features an arboretum, bedding displays, glasshouse, cottage garden, fern garden, formal, Plant nursery, informal, native plants, and water feature.

Location & contact:
Epsom
Auckland City.
Phone 09 5246442
Fax 09 5246433
Email huialodge@xtra.co.nz
www.cornwallpark.co.nz

Directions to find these Auckland gardens: Leave the motorway at Greenlane. Follow Greenlane Road to main entrance on left after two sets of traffic lights.

While at the One Tree Hill Domain consider visiting the Stardome Observatory and planetarium that is located in the One Tree Hill Domain near the Manukau Road entrance.
They have many public sessions during the day and evening. Entry charges apply.
For further information phone: (09) 624 1246 or visit www.stardome.org.nz.

Eden Garden.

General information:
Hours Winter Hours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – 1st May-31st August
Summer Hours: 9:00 am -4:30 pm – 1st September-30th April
A publically owned property with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring, summer, autumn.

Description:
It’s about five acres in size and is only a few minutes drive from downtown Ak.It is built in a abandoned scoria quarry, that had become overgrown. In 1964 a group of volunteers began to transform the site into a lush garden of splendor and interest. It features one of the largest collections of camellias in the Southern Hemisphere, also Hibiscus, Bromeliad, palms,conifers and deciduous trees – maples, magnolias and cherries.Azalea and Rhododendron including Vireya are also planted and some flowers can be found in most of the year.
Between the shrubs a range of low growing perennials cover the ground including, – winter roses, Hostas, ferns, Clivia and Huechera. Specimens of native trees and shrubs are located throughout. Also sculpture and water featuresare present.The landforms enhance the appeal of this oasis. Around the edge of the former quarry, in places the paths become steeper and climb to the highest point. Where views over the city and to the Hauraki Gulf can be enjoyed.

Facilities and amenities available:
Car/bus/coach parking is availble on the adjacent road, seating, toilets, tour guide(s), picnics allowed, brochure/map available, children welcome, conference facilities, dogs welcome (on leash), plant sales, product sales, wheelchair access. Devonshire teas, with freshly-baked scones, strawberry jam and cream, plus a delectable variety of club sandwiches, paninis, delicious quiches, and home-made pies, plus an assortment of salads, cakes and pastries, including a selection of gluten-free foods are available all year at the on site cafe.

Location & contact:
24 Omana Avenue
Epsom
Auckland City
Phone 09 638 8395
Fax 09 638 7685
Email eden@edengarden.co.nz
www.edengarden.co.nz

Fernglen Native Plant Garden.

General information about these Auckland gardens:
Opening Hours Dawn – dusk, all year round.
these Auckland gardens are publicly owned with a capacity for group sizes 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring, summer, autumn.

Description:
Fernglen, is located in the North Shore’s suburbs,and is about 4 hectares of native bush.
Purchased Frank Fisher in July 1888.The property was a mix of native bush and scrub land. Some scrub land was cleared for growing market crops and grazing, and the native bush area was inter planted with pohutukawa, rimu and kahikatea in the early 1920s.
Frank Fisher was a skilled propagator and passed on his knowledge to his son Bill.
Bill Fisher met Muriel and were married in 1952, and Muriel came to live at Fernglen.
The Fishers nurtured the bush, and added many species to it.Bill’s first love was ferns, while Muriels was alpines and hebes. She had an idea of creating a plant museum like Otari, so in the late 1950’s they began bringing scoria, rocks, and peat onto the property.
They exchanged information and plant material with other enthusiasts, obtaining many specimens from Otari, and swapped northern species for southern species. Many days were spent on expeditions to collect stock for their collection.
Muriel and Bill started a nursery at Fernglen that remained viable until 1987 when Bill died. Muriel then found the maintenance too much for her so, partially gifted the property to the former Birkenhead City Council in 1989 (now the North Shore City Council). It was opened to the public on 28 September 1991.
There are many superb specimens to be seen in the reserve such as a 300 year old rimu, a wonderful mass of the NZ begonia ( Elatostema) and Prince of Wales ferns (Leptopteris superba). There is also a number of alpines plants rarely seen, so far north – Aciphylla,Celmisia, NZ edelweiss, Ourisia, Raoulia and ten different species of the unusual grass tree, the Dracophyllum genus.The off shore island collections are interesting including plants rare in the wild such as Elengamita, Xeronema, Tecomanthe and Cordyline kaspar.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Car/bus/coach parking is available on the adjacent road. Brochure/map seating, toilets, available, children welcome.
There may be someone living in the house on site.

Location & contact:
36 Kauri Road
Birkenhead
North Shore City.
Phone 09 4839421
Email raefisher@xtra.co.nz
www.fernglen.co.nz

Government House Garden.

General information:
More than 5 hectares in size. These Auckland gardens are publicly owned by the NZ Government.
With a capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in Spring, summer.
Opening Hours – By appointment.

Description:
The garden at Government House, is a national treasure that includes historic, native bush, fern, Woodland, formal, and informal plantings.
This planting has survived from an era when many large estates had landscaped grounds.
Most centrally located properties of this size, have either been subdivided, or become public parks.
Some of the trees date from the 1870s, making them amongst the oldest in the country.
The garden retains the original lava outcrops.
The house was built in 1921 by Sir Frank and Lady Mappin, who spent 45 years developing the garden into what can be seen today.
The Mappins generously gifted the house and grounds to the crown in 1966 for use as a vice-regal residence.
Maintenance and development of the property is under the direction of as management plan and a garden committee.
Management goals are to conserve its historical, botanical and design values.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens are:
Brochure/map, car parking on adjacent Road.
Toilets,tour guide(s), wheelchair access, picnics allowed.
It’s best to park on Savannah Road, which is off Omana Ave, off Mountain Road. Between Eden Garden and Government House Garden, where there is a carpark. Then you can visit both Eden and Government gardens, within walking distance.

Location & contact:
119 Mountain Road
Epsom
Ak City.
Phone 04 3898055
Fax 04 389 5536
Email info@govthouse.govt.nz

Haunui Farm.

General information:

Opening Hours Open all year round
This is a working thoroughbred racehorse breeding and management operation.
A privately owned 155 hectare property with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in spring, summer, & autumn.

Description:
Native bush with large established totaras, rimus, puriris and nikau provides a verdant backdrop to the working area of this thoroughbred stud Farm.
There is also many exotic plants including Camellia, maples, Magnolia and a wide variety of shrubs, roses, perennials and annuals.
The swimming pool has Cycads, palms and succulents and a small water feature near it.
There are many attractive vistas of country side to enjoy with some sculptures.

Facilities and amenities available:
Bus/coach & car parking, seating, toilets, tour guide available, picnics allowed, children welcome, wheelchair access.
Refreshments and lunches are available with prior notice.

Location & contact:
399 Whitford Park Road
R D Manurewa
8 km South East of Ak City.
Phone 09 530 8013
Fax 09 530 8690
Email admin@haunuifarm.co.nzwww.haunuifarm.co.nz

Directions to these Auckland gardens:
Thid property is situated 8 km SE of Howick/Botany

Highwic.

General information:Highwic is one of three house museums owned and operated by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in Ak.
Highwic also offers a function venue with a capacity for group sizes fo 20 plus.
The 1.1 hectare property has a splendidly preserved ‘Carpenter Gothic’-style building.
Opening Hours Open Wednesday to Sunday (except Christmas Day & Good Friday) 10.30 am to 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Concession ticket for Highwic, Ewelme and Alberton

Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in spring, summer, & autumn.

Description:
The trees around Highwic date from the 1860’s and provide screening from outside providing an oasis from busy nearby activity. Many are nearly as old as the house, including pines under planted with clivias. Norfolk pines tower over the croquet lawn and front entrance.
Mature camellias border the pathway down the drive, with an ivy and South African bulb under planting.
The landscape design was created by Andrew Jackson Downing, an American architect and landscape designer.
The original Victorian garden beds are still visible in a hedged, circular area with narrow curving pathways. An Echevaria edged border outlines the former tennis court.There is also a rose collection.
Nearby is the Billiard room where groups can pre booked to enjoy morning or afternoon tea. A fern house features many varieties of indigenous ferns.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach car parking, seating, toilets, tour guide(s) available, picnics allowed,children welcome,conference facilities, dogs welcome if on a leash, wheelchair access.

Location & contact:
40 Gillies Avenue
Epsom
Ak City.
Phone 09 5245729
Fax 09 5245575
Email highwic@historic.org.ntml

Directions:
Highwic is a short walk up Mortimer Pass from bus stops outside the 227 shopping complex in Newmarket and a ten minute walk from the Newmarket train Station. Take a Link Bus from the CBD, or a train from Britomart to Newmarket.
Highwic has two entrances. The recommended vehicle entry is from Mortimer Pass which runs one way from Gillies Ave down to Broadway, Newmarket.
The Gillies Ave entrance is directly opposite the Gillies Ave motorway off ramp.

Joy Plants.

General information:
More than 5 hectares of private property with a capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.

Opening Hours 9 am – 4.30 pm Mon – Fri. 9 a.m. – 12.00 on saturdays by appointment. Closed Sundays and all public holidays.
Large groups must book in advance for a garden tour.
Best to visit in spring, but there is something of interest to see in summer and autumn, and winter.

Description:
Joy Plants is an establishing working garden developing under an grove of native trees – totara, puriri and titoki. A large variety of, Sun and shade tolerant, rare and unusual plants,from all corners of the world thrive with the Hatch families’ attention. They have planted many rare native trees here to protect those endangered in the wild. As plant breeders they have specialized in many genera both native and exotic. Specialising in South African flora Their breeding program has resulted in an increasing colour range of Clivias, and Helelbores.
The property includes informal herbaceous borders, native bush, water features, water and Woodland gardens.
The way to Joy Plants Garden lies through the nursery, where many plants are available for sale.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Bus/Coach, car parking,seating, toilets, tour guide available, plant nursery.

Location & contact:
78 Jericho Road
Pukekohe
Phone 09 238 9129
Fax 09 238 9127
Email hatch.clan@xtra.co.nz
www.joyplants.co.nz

Landsendt.

General information:

Opening Hours 9.00am – 4.30pm all year
A 5 acre privately owned property with capacity for large group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best time to is visit in summer & autumn.

Description:
Landsendt is a located in the Waitakere Ranges, originally subtropical orchard owned by the Endt family have since 1962. It has evolved into a collection of rare and unusual edible and ornamental plants and nursery. Including rare palms, virus free fruit crops, Bananas, Cannas, Strelitzias, Taros/Aroids, Gingers, Bromeliads, unusual edible crop plant including: Babaco, Casana, and Yacon. They also provide a Cycad pollen source for the Palm and Cycad Society pollen bank.
The plants have been collected by Dick and Annemarie’s Endt from a range of locations including South America and New Zealand.
Carolyn and Anthony Melling (Dick and Annemarie’s daughter and son in law) Have taken over running the proprty now, which is available for for weddings and other functions.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Car/bus/coach parking is available on the property and on the road.Brochure/map, seating, toilets, tour guide available, children allowed under supervision, morning/afternoon teas available by prior arrangement, picnics allowed, plant sales at nursery.

Location & contact:
108 Parker Road
Oratia
Ak City.
Phone 09 818 6914
Fax 09 818 6391
Email info@landsendt.co.nz
www.landsendt.co.nz

Directions:
Landsendt is located in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland.
From Auckland Central get onto the North Western Motorway (Hwy 16). Turn off at Great North Road. This will get you to West Coast Rd (at Kelston) – the main road to West Coast beaches. Parker Rd, Oratia is off West Coast Rd. Oratia does not have a town centre, it is an area with a road through it to the West Coast beaches.

Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Garden.

General information:
Publically owned and managed by Auckland City Council.
Bastion Point is open from 6.30am-9pm daily.
The car park is closed after dark.
Entrance fee- None
No dogs allowed.

Description:
A memorial to the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the Welfare State, it offers panoramic views and is adjacent to the Ngati Whatua papakainga. It includes a memorial obelisk that is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a reflective pool with hedges and flower-beds, drinking fountain, and public toilets.The gardens are formal in style, with extensive plantings, and have fine views to Rangitoto Island.As well as some fine pohutukawa trees.

Location & contact:
19 Hapimana Street (next to Bastion Point), Orakei, Auckland
Phone 09 302 1252
Fax 09 525 5308

Directions:
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial is located above the Tamaki Drive.
Take Hapimana Street, off Tamaki Drive between Orakei Wharf and Mission Bay.
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial can also be accessed via a walkway from the western end of Mission Bay.

Mincher.

General information:
A privatley owned property of about 5 hectares, with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring,summer,autumn.

Opening Hours All year by appointment
Lunches and morning/afternoon teas are available by prior arrangement for groups of ten or more people.

Description:
A Georgian style home is the centrepiece of this rural property, with the remnants of an old orchard. Behind the house is the formal area with twin herbaceous borders. On one side is a cottage garden and path that leads to a ‘kissing gate’, under weeping willows. Beyond there is four hectares of native walkways, large grassed areas. Also includes plantings of cherries, Rhododendron, Camellia and Acer, with a traditional walled kitchen garden, gardener’s cottage and Victorian like glasshouses.
A backdrop of Northland podocarp bush adds quality to Mincher. The stream is a feature throughout with platforms dotted along the northern boundary to allow viewing of the water and bush beyond.
Includes formal, informal, wetland, woodland, and water plantings.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach and car parking, seating, toilets,tour guide(s), wheelchair access, plants and products for sale.

Location & contact:
338 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway
Coatesville, Albany
20 km North of Auckland City.
Phone 09 415 7469
Fax 09 415 7468

Directions:
Take SH 1 north, or from north take SH 1 south towards Ak, turn off at the Otea Valley Rd/Nth Harbour Stadium (SH29) exit.
Turn right at lights, go through Albany village , then 3km north of Albany near the top of the hill, turn left after petrol station, onto Highway 28. Mincher is 3.4 km along the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway on the right.

Nancy Steen Rose Garden.

General information:
Publically onwed and managed by the Ak City Council.
Open- Daily during daylight hours
Entrance fee- None.
The garden is at it’s best in early summer.

Description:
Adjacent to the Parnell Rose Garden, the Nancy Steen Rose Garden is a tribute to Mrs Nancy Steen who fostered the preservation and cultivation of heritage and species roses. The garden has Over 200 of the heritage and species roses she collected over her life, including some quite uncommon varieties.
Most classes of old rose varieties are present, giving those interested in old roses, a chance to see different varieties of heritage roses growing and to assess them.
The approach to the area is along a footpath edged with rengarenga lilies, (Arthropodium cirratum) that flower over the same period as the roses.
The garden has a formal style with a central path leading under a rose covered arch into a sheltered, circular seating area. This area are planted with roses and perennials in soft colours.The plantings includes many of Mrs Steen’s favourite shrubs and perennials that grew in her own garden. The mixing of roses with shrubs, perennials and bulbs creates a country garden style.

Location & contact:
Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland.
Phone 09-302 1252
Fax 09-525 5308

Parnell Rose Garden.

General information:
Publically onwed and managed by the Auckland City Council.Open- Daily during daylight hours.
Entrance fee- None.
The rose bushes will be at their best from late spring to early autumn.

Description:
A magnificent display of over 4500 mainly modern rose bushes.Laid out in formal beds within the Dove-Myer Robinson Park. The Rose Gardens are enhanced by many mature trees.The Dove-Myer Robinson Park has some wonderful old pohutukawa next to the Nancy Steen Rose Garden).

Location & cotact:
85 Gladstone Road,Parnell.
Phone 9-302 1252
Fax 09-525 5308

St Margaret’s Country Garden.

General information:

Opening Hours 10.30am – 4pm Sunday – Friday. Closed Sat.
A privately owned 2.64 hectare property located half an hours drive south of Auckland City with a capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Reservations for groups to the garden recommended.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in spring, summer, autumn, & winter.

Description:
The garden was started in 1991 on flat Sheltered land, with an informal design, groups of New Zealand native trees are mixed with exotic deciduous and evergreen trees.There are wide paths that lead to a large man-made central pond,fountain and jetty. The planted borders have a wide array of plants, including roses, perennials, and subtropical species.
Overlooking the garden,is a semi outdoor café that recently won the Metro Magazine Cafe Awards for the South Region.
There is also an outdoor garden gallery where there is a collection of artwork for sale.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Bus/coach car parking, toilets, tour guide(s) available, picnics allowed,children welcome,wheelchair access.

Location & contact:
6 Dyke Road
R.D.1 Karaka
5 km West of Papakura
Phone 09 2919163
Email rex.gazzard@bayleys.co.nz

Directions:
Turn off at the Papakura exit ramp and drive West for 3km to Dyke Rd on right.

Tawari Garden.

General information:
A few minutes walk from the Parnell Rose Gardens, this traditional 19th century wooden house, shows an integration of New Zealand native trees and European garden design.

Description:
Tawari has terraces which includes: a fernery containing endangered New Zealand ferns, a small herb garden, bush walk, fruit trees, fountain, formal parterre, named native trees and a rockery planted in succulents and Bromeliad, contemporary sculpture, and a tennis court.

Location & contact:
16 Taurarua Terrace, Parnell, Aucklandk City.
Phone (09) 302 2467
Fax. (09) 302 2467

Te Whau Garden.

General information:

Opening Hours Every day 9 am – 5 pm
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring, summer, and autumn.
Good footwear is required.
No dogs as it is a sensitive bird nesting site.
NO smoking is allowed.
Entry is from Vintage Lane, not Margaret Reeve Lane, unless pre-arranged.

Description:
Te Whau Garden is north facing, covering a ridge that has views over Waiheke Island’s Putiki Harbour and Okoka Bay.
A 40 acre property , with a large area of subtropical broadlead rainforest, including a mature nikau forest.
This property has two main parts:
1) The area close to the house, which takes about 30 minutes to see, The house planting can be reached either down a paved driveway or along a walkway beside it. There is a formal courtyard close to the house. A planting here uses groups of grasses, natives, perennials, and subtropical, with a collection of ceramics and art is on show. There is a spectacular display of Clematis paniculata in spring.
2) The forest walk which takes a leisurely 50 minutes plus any time you spend sitting enjoying the environment and sculptures.It has two kilometres of formed track, with steps that guide you down the valley to a wetland area. The forest and wetland are covenanted and are of ecological significance, and features large sculptures around the wetland area.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach car parking, seating, toilets, tourguide(s) available, picnics allowed.

Location & contact:
31 Vintage Lane
RD1 Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island
Phone 09 372 6748
Fax 09 372 6748
Email lance.kay@xtra.co.nz
www.tewhaugarden.co.nz

Totara Waters Subtropical Garden.

General information about this Auckland garden:
A privately owned 2 acre property, with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in summer, autumn, winter, spring.

Morning/Afternoon Teas by arrangement.
B&B accommodation in separate fully self contained 1 bedroom flat.
Opening Hours 1st Friday & Saturday of month or by appointment.

Description:
Peter and Jocelyn Coyle specialise in growing bromeliads. This Auckland garden, has an informal design and is almost one hectare in size.It is located on the upper Waitemata Harbour, with displays of many rare and collectable plants.
Development of an almost bare site began in 1999 with truck loads of rocks and boulders were delivered from a local quarry. The large sub-tropical plant collection includes specimens from many different genera – Bromeliads , Cycads, Beaucanea, Yuccas, Aloe, Agave, Strelitzia, Dracaena, succulents, cacti and scores of palms. These are planted in beds and on sweeping lawns in a tropical island style. There is also a collection of bonsai, some grown from seed sown 40 years ago.
A feature at Totara Waters are ornaments – old chimney pots and large crucibles as well, sculpture and garden art.
A unique feature is the rusting wreck of HMNZS Hawera, that was abandoned in the early 1950s.

Facilities and amenities available:
Accommodation available in a private one bedroom fully furnished self contained unit with a queen size bed, Sky TV,continental breakfast, and private deck.
Brochure/map available, bus/coach and car parking, seating, toilets, tourguide(s), children welcome, wheelchair access, morning/afternoon teas by arrangement.
Crafts and plant sales.(Landscape & Retail). Including Bromeliads – Alcantarea – imperialis rubra, ‘Vinicolor’, ‘Imperialis Queen’.Neoregelias, ‘Hieroglyphica’, Platynema, ‘Varigata Hybrids’, ‘Red Chestnut’, ‘Dark Knight’, ‘Purple Knight’, ‘Tasman Series’, ‘Pacific Ruby’, ‘Kiwi Sunset’, ‘Kiwi Cream’, ‘Kiwi Dusk’, ‘Nova Queen’, ‘Afterglow’, ‘Philip Foster Red’.Tillandsia,Vrieseas -fosteriana rubra, Aechmea fasciata.

Location & contact:
89 Totara Road
Whenuapai
West Auckland.
Phone 09 416 8272
Fax 09 416 8062
Email jocelyn@totarawaters.co.nz
www.totarawaters.co.nz

Twin Lakes.

General information:

Opening Hours 9.30am – 4.30pm, all year round.
No children or dogs allowed.
These Auckland gardens are privately owned property with capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring, summer & autumn.

Description:
Twin Lakes is a large country property with a central feature of a two hectare lake and a prominant house and terraces with a small walkway that leads across to an attractive pavilion.The lakes create an impressive mirrored effect, enhanced by the numerous water birds.
Easy walking and wheelchair access is has been made with a wide grassed area around the main lake.
An array of trees, shrubs, perrenials, and bog plants can be observed in mixed beds.
A special feature of this Auckland garden is a facinating range of exotic birds both in cages and free flying, including Ostriche and Macaw.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach car parking, seating, toilets, tourguide(s) available, picnics allowed,wheelchair access.Lunches and refreshments are available for groups of ten or more by prior arrangement.

Location & contact:
83 Sunnyside Road
Coatesville
North Shore City.
Phone 09 415 8762
Fax 09 415 8762
Email twin.lakes@xtra.co.nz
www.twinlakes.co.nz

Directions to these Auckland gardens:
From Auckland city drive over the Harbour Bridge north on the motorway to Albany.
Drive through Albany and up the hill (which is now SH17).
At the top of the hill, just past the BP petrol station, turn left into Coatesville-Riverhead Highway (SH28).
Drive 3km down this road to the Coatesville Store (on theright). Sunnyside Road is the next road on the right (about200 metres past the store).
Twin Lakes is number 83, which is on the left.

Valeside Gardens.

General information about these Auckland gardens:
A property of 1.25 acres ( 5,000 sqm ).
Open all year by appointment only.

Description:
Valeside garden was started in 1995 following Anna Archibald design. The culmination of collecting plants for 30 years plus including collections of succulents,ferns, natives with sub tropical’s mixed together. A woodland area, an orchard, vegetables, 50 roses, perennials, shrubs and more.
They have been in the rock business for the past 7 years ( www.rockscape.co.nz )
Valeside has in the region of 500 ton of local blue stone from quarries in the area.
There are 2 x 5 ton rocks at the front entrance, many 5-8 ton rocks used to retain banks, 70sqm of crazy paving, along with a water feature and pond constructed from many tons of blue stone.They have a ponga house built from Taranaki Browns which houses ferns and native bush orchards which are in flower in November / December.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map available and can be mailed out, buses and coaches can do a drop off then park on street 4 houses down. They have space for 10 or so cars toilets, tourguide, seating, picnics allowed, children allowed, dogs allowed on a leash, wheelchair access to 50% of this Auckland garden that is flat, with 70sqm of crazy paving around the house.
In good weather only (alternative bad weather venue strongly recommended) and no facilities for receptions.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
Anthony & Jacquelyn Jamieson
266 Point View Drive Howick. On the ridge that runs from Kilkenny through to the Whitford Rd overlooking Dannemora and the Botany Town Centre, Auckland.
Email valeside@ihug.co.nz
Phone 09 5342663 021 891 892
Fax 09-5331919

Villa Tamahunga Garden.

General information:
These Auckland gardens are privatly owned with capacity for group sizes of 6-20.

Opening Hours 10 am – 4 pm. October – March
Sundays of long weekends
By appointment at other times.
Olive oil tasting is included in the entry charge.
Extra virgin olive oil and olive pickles, grown and pressed on the property, are available for sale.
Coffee and cake available on request.
Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Best to visit in summer, autumn.

Description:
From the carpark a path goes past lotus ponds,underneath mature kahitateas into lush subtropical pond areas with waterlilies, palms, shade areas, bog primulas, ouisiana irises. Then the path climbs up through verdant bush past old varieties of roses to the house. Below house is a series of three distinctly Italian styled terraced Auckland garden rooms,including mixed borders, formal plantings, and clipped abstract shapes, with native plants.

Facilities and amenities available:
Brochure/map available, bus/coach car parking, toilets, tourguide, morning/afternoon teas available, children welcome, dogs welcome if on a leash.

Location & contact:
Villa Tamahunga
Landscape Gardens and Olive Grove
Brett & Margo Schneideman
155 Omaha Valley Road,
Matakana, RD5 Warkworth
Phone(09) 422 9004
Mobile: 027 4065450
Email: brettschneideman@hotmail.com
155 Omaha Valley Road, RD5 Warkworth
Matakana
20 km East of Warkworth

Directions to these Auckland gardens:
From Auckland city head north on Highway 1 to Warkworth turn right to Matakana. Omaha Valley Road is first road on left, go through Matakana on the Leigh Road.

Wells Bay Gardens.

General information for at these Auckland gardens:
A privatly owned property between 0.5-5ha in area, with capacity for group sizes 20 plus.
Appointments required.
Recommended visit of 2 hours.
Best to visit in autumn, & spring.

Opening Hours all year by appointment.
No children under 5 years please and no dogs.
Note that the steep driveway is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles.
Morning and afternoon teas available by prior arrangement.

Description:
Wells Bay Gardens were started in 2000 when Judy and Tony Laity moved from Auckland to Waiheke Island. A beach front property that faces east with ancient pohutakawas, oaks, oleanders, and many established native trees. A sub tropical garden was added in 2000 with Bromeliad, Agave, Aloe, Echium, Hibicus, Frangipani and succulents. Local stone is a feature of these Auckland gardens and utilised in a water feature. There a range of different varieties of fruit trees, a vegetable area, a herb plantings and a dry garden. There are many paths and with strategically positioned seats from where you can to seats from which to appreciate the vista to Ponui and Rotoroa Islands and to the Coromandel Ranges.
There is an abundance of native land and sea birds around the property.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map available, bus/coach car parking, toilets, tourguide, morning/afternoon teas available,picnics allowed, plant sales.

Location & contact for these Auckland gardens:
Wells Bay, Cowes Bay Road
R.D.1 Waiheke Island
16 km West of Auckland City accross the Waitemata Harbour.
Phone 09 3728293
Fax 09 3728293
Email tony@laity.co.nz

Directions to find these Auckland gardens:
Follow the signs to Orapiu on south east end of Waiheke. At Orapiu turn off take left turn into Cowes Bay Road and continue for 1.8km. Look for 3 mail boxes on the left marked Connells,Wells. Turn in to the driveway opposite mail boxes on the right. Open the gate and drive down driveway. Half way down drive take right fork and follow driveway around back of the wool shed to the old white house.

West Lynn Garden.

General information about these Auckland gardens:
Open 10-4pm daily.
Bookings essential for groups of 10 or more.
The entry fee to these Auckland gardens, includes visiting the butterfly house.

Description of these Auckland gardens:
The garden was established by the Eden Garden Society in 1981 and developed in similar way as Eden Garden by hardworking volunteers.
These Auckland gardens were opened to the public in November 1983.In February 1992 the West Lynn Garden Society was formed and a committee of West Ak volenteers was elected. These Auckland gardens feature a butterfly house, from December through to April hundreds of Monarch buterflies can be seen, developing on swan plants, with lots of eggs, chrysalis and caterpillars.School parties, family groups and individuals are welcome to come and see the butterflies.
You can become a member or volunteer and assist in the continued growth.

Location & contact of these Auckland gardens:
The Hon. Secretary
West Lynn Garden Society Inc.
73 Parker Avenue
New Lynn
Waitakere City
www.westlynngarden.org.nz

Whitford Bird Garden.

General information about these Auckland gardens:
Open – by arrangement through contact below.

Description of these Auckland gardens:
Well known wildlife artist Blake Twigden spent many years of his life visiting the subtropical gardens of Papua New Guinea, South America and Australia.
He has succesfully combined his love of nature and his knowledge of plant and bird life by transforming bare paddocks into a sub-tropical paradise for pheasants, finches, ducks, turtles and fish in this magnificent, environment in the Whitford Bird Garden.
This is one of the most natural and lush properties in New Zealand with a huge range of fascinating specimens.There is more than 1000 native, subtropical and tropical plants, including a 400-year-old Australian grass tree. In these Auckland gardens there is a walk-in free flight aviary displaying the exotic birds from all around the world, and a heated pool that contains tropical fish from the Amazon.
There is also a small gallery of Blake’s work, including sculpture and paintings.

Location & contact of these Auckland gardens:
Blake Twigden,
100 Trig Road,
Whitford.
Phone 09 530 8807
Fax 09 530 8807

Woodbridge Garden.

General information about these Auckland gardens:

Opening Hours – All year by arrangement.
Privately owned.
These Auckland gardens covers 4 hectares.
With capacity for group sizes of 20 plus.
Note that a discount for admission applies to groups on application.
Morning/afternoon teas and lunches are available by prior arrangement.
Reccommended visit time of 2 hours.
Best to visit in spring,summer and autumn.

Description:
Has immaculate lawns, weeping silver pears under planted in season with blue spires of Campanula and white foxgloves, in the entrance courtyard. Entrance to this Auckland garden is through a eccentric potager, where formal beds of vegetables and archways with sweet peas and climbing beans. Go through a timber gateway into the main area with a wide view of the plantings below.
A bog area predominantly in a blue colour scheme, follows the gully down into a large pond and another boggy planting in yellow leads upwards to areas of rhododendrons. Hedges also feature in this Auckland garden – Lavender, Box and Teucrium, with the highlight being the clipped hedges of silver Cupressus arizonica ‘Blue Ice’.
Includes herbaceous borders, cottage, edible, herb, informal, rose, woodland, and water plantings.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map , bus/coach car parking, seating, toilets, tourguide(s), picnics allowed, plant sales, wheelchair access.

Location & contact of these Auckland gardens:
36 Glenmore Road,
Coatesville,
North Auckland.
Phone 09 415 7525
Fax 09 415 7525
Email woodbridgegardens@xtra.co.nz

Directions for these Auckland gardens:
3km north of Albany, turn left onto Highway 28, then 4km to Glenmore Rd (opposite Coatesville Store). Woodbridge is 300m up Glenmore Rd on the right.

Wrights Watergardens.

General information about at these Auckland gardens:
A privatly owned 5 acre property with capacity for group sizes 20 plus.
Recommended visit of 2 hours for these Auckland gardens.
Best to visit in spring, summer,& autumn.

Opening Hours 10 am – 4.30 pm. 1st Sept – Mothers Day incl.

Description:
Wrights Watergardens have been built around the Mauku Waterfall and stream that were an abandoned rock quarry. These Auckland gardens have many levels with pathways,bridges and ponds present many surprises. It is unusual due to a large rock face with abundant water.
More than eighty varieties of waterlilies and exotic lotus flower spread over the ponds during the summer. The plantings include Japanese Iris, Thalia, Pontederia and Hibiscus, bulbs, perennials, trees and annuals. The sun dreanched north facing rock wall is ideal for cactus, succulents, Aloe and tropical plants. The shady south facing side provides a good micro xlimate for orchids, ferns, palms etc. The path at the bottom of the water fall takes you to the shade garden. On a hot day there is quite a contrast of conditions from the upper areas.With tree ferns, Bromeliad, Primula, Astilbe and other shade tolerant plants. Don’t miss the golder garden, the Balinese temple, the large wedding lawn or the summer house when you visit. Look for the eels and turtles in these Auckland gardens.

Facilities and amenities available at these Auckland gardens:
Brochure/map available, bus/coach car parking, toilets, tourguide, morning/afternoon teas available,children welcome, dogs welcome if on leash (please pick up after them),picnics allowed,crafts, product & plant sales, wheelchair access.

Location & contact of these Auckland gardens:
128 Mauku Road
Patumahoe
50 km South of Auckland City.
Phone 09 2363211
Fax 09 2363007
Email wriwatgdn@xtra.co.nz
www.wrightswatergardens.co.nz

Directions for these Auckland gardens:
On the southern motorway from or to Auckland, take the Drury off ramp onto highway 22. Drive towards Waiuku, approx six km to Glenbrook Road on the right. Once on Glenbrook Road take first left onto Ostrich Road. Follow Ostrich Rd into Patumahoe village. These Auckland gardens are on the right 1.28 km from village on Mauku Road. There are brown transit Wrights Watergarden signs from Highway 22 to find these Auckland gardens.

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