Great New Zealand Gardens to Visit


Thanks to New Zealand’s temperate climate and the cleverness of its gardeners, there are magnificent properties throughout the land to enjoy. Visitors are welcome at these beautiful estates. When exploring the country, put these spectacular gardens at the top of the must-visit list

NEW ZEALAND GARDENS TRUST
Discover Distinctive Gardens! The New Zealand Gardens Trust carefully assesses and selects gardens from all over New Zealand to feature in a nationwide network for you to explore. Visit our website for details of these outstanding gardens and to plan your itinerary.
www.gardens.org.nz

AYRLIES GARDEN, AUCKLAND
Creator of Ayrlies, Bev McConnell, has led the evolution of a distinctive New Zealand garden style, both complex yet relaxed and with a rich variety of tree and plant species. A sweeping landscape links the six-hectare garden via valleys of native and exotic trees to a 16-hectare wetland leading to the Hauraki Gulf.
ayrlies.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


OMAIO GARDEN, MATAKANA
This manicured garden blends harmoniously into the
surrounding ancient bush with planting that incorporates
existing native plants. The soft colour palette and repetition of plants allow the coastal landscape to dominate, and offers visitors a calm and peaceful oasis.
omaio.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


MINCHER, AUCKLAND
A large rural garden of formal and informal planting surrounds a Georgian-style home and features waterways, stunning birdlife, Victorian-inspired glass houses, a walled kitchen garden and peaceful bush walks. Open by appointment.
email: minchergarden@xtra.co.nz
Garden of National Significance


AUCKLAND BOTANIC GARDENS, AUCKLAND
Explore a garden that can delight, inspire, entertain and relax your senses. The collections of natives and exotics are complimented by lakes, the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden and a growing collection of large-scale outdoor sculpture by New Zealand artists. Open every day of the year and entry is free.
aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz


WEST LYNN GARDEN & BUTTERFLY HOUSE, TE MARA KAHUKU, AUCKLAND
In the foothills of the Waitākere Ranges, West Lynn is an
all-season garden, a haven for the monarch butterfly, native birds and plants. The two-hectare garden is a place to create memories
— of weddings, birthdays or school visits — and is a way for all the family to get closer to nature.
westlynngarden.org.nz


HOFMAN GARDEN, TARANAKI
An expansive country garden featuring numerous interesting elements from contemporary twists to traditional aspects including two wetland areas, a woodland garden, outdoor living areas, a Japanese garden, summer house, and an art garden with local stone walls.
email: lhofmansfamily@gmail.com
Garden of National Significance


PUKETARATA GARDEN, HAWERA
On a hilltop site with mountain and inland Taranaki views, adjacent to the outer ramparts of 400-year-old Puketarata Pa and kainga Keteonetea. This large country garden blends natives skilfully with exotics. Walking tracks through a QEII covenanted gully.
puketaratagarden.co.nz
Garden of National Significance


GREENHAUGH GARDENS, PALMERSTON NORTH
This two-hectare garden, established over the past 40 years, is set around a historic 1874 homestead and within established trees. Old rose gardens, water gardens and woodland plus a touch of Africa with a Giraffe House — perfect for pausing for tea.
greenhaugh.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


WOODEND GARDENS, MARLBOROUGH
Spring is beautiful in this garden just five minutes from Blenheim. The wisteria walk, an avenue of flowering cherrys, and a rhododendron dell underplanted with bulbs is followed in summer by irises, camellias, azaleas, clematis and hostas. Also glorious are the oaks, liquidambar, magnolia, dogwood and gleditsia.
woodendgardensgrovetown.co.nz
Four-Star Garden


BAREWOOD, MARLBOROUGH
Barewood is a large, semi-formal country garden that roams across 1.2 hectares in the spectacular Awatere Valley. Lovingly created by Carolyn and Joe Ferraby, Barewood is a constantly evolving work of inspired plant and colour combinations in special spaces.
barewoodgarden.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


FLAXMERE GARDEN, NORTH CANTERBURY
This large country garden created by Penny Zino has evolved over five decades and now spans 3.2 hectares, with its striking vistas considered works of art. Naturalistic plantings, large native gardens, roses and extensive use of water come together in a glorious celebration of the seasons.
flaxmeregarden.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


WELTON HOUSE GARDEN, MARLBOROUGH
An expansive plant lover’s paradise filled with rare horticultural beauties and clever use of the more commonplace. Unique and extensive topiary hedges mirror the stunning Richmond Ranges, and powerful, oversized wooden steps, platforms and pergolas settle the garden in its place.
www.weltonhouse.nz
Garden of National Significance


 

WINTERHOME GARDEN, MARLBOROUGH
Winterhome’s long and bold vistas lead the eye to wonderful mass plantings, views of the Pacific Ocean and interesting structures in every direction. This classicial and timeless garden, now 40 years old, is still lovingly tended by the Macfarlane family. Open October to March by appointment.
winterhome.co.nz
Garden of National Significance


BROADFIELD, CANTERBURY
Just six kilometres from Christchurch, this 3.5-hectare garden mixes innovative use of natives and exotics, and includes tōtara and miro hedges, kauri, lowland and beech forests plus large camellia, rhododendron, rose and azalea gardens. Open Wed and Sat 8am to 4.30pm and by arrangement.
email: david@bel.nz / 0274 334 099
Garden of International Significance


 

OLVESTON GARDEN, DUNEDIN
Olveston, built in 1906 for the family of businessman/philanthropist David Theomin, is surrounded by a garden celebrating the original Edwardian layout. The interior of Olveston is also a time capsule with little changed since the family left in 1966.
olveston.co.nz
Garden of National Significance


 

LARNACH CASTLE, DUNEDIN
This four-hectare garden surrounds the gothic revival-style castle within the footprint of the original Victorian carriageways and its old dry stone walls. At 300 metres on the Otago Peninsula, its strong design maximizes the spectacular vistas.
larnachcastle.co.nz
Garden of International Significance


 

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