Gardens to Visit

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park

707 Ram Paddock Road, Amberley

The Sculpture Park primarily exhibits the work of Raymond Herber in the stunning backdrop of the Waipara Valley. Raymond's graceful, strong sculptures are set against a carefully curated native garden, all under the shadow of breathtaking limestone hills.



Lanarch Castle

145 Camp Rd, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

The Larnach Castle gardens are one of only five given the rating of "Garden of International Significance" by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Divided into a variety of different garden rooms. Spectacular vistas. Open daily to members of the public. Entry fee applies.

www. LanarchCastle

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Dunedin Botanic Garden

Great King St North, Dunedin

The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance. ArbNet, the global network for tree-focussed professionals, has accredited the Botanic Garden as level III. The Camellia Collection is rated as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.


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Chicken Wire Sculpture Garden

71 Willowbridge Settlement Rd, Waimate

A small garden displaying the amazing chicken wire creations of resident artist Michelle Aplin. By appointment in the Spring. $10 adults (kids free). Entry includes refreshment.To book or 021 02476923.

www.chickenwire creations

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Hidden Sculpture Garden and Gallery

4854 Motueka Valley Highway, Tapawera

Take a walk around the pond and admire the sculptures of a selection of artists including resident artist David Carson. Nestled amongst a variety of native and exotic trees, this walk is only $5 and under 12s are free. Season pass available. There are also two galleries with a selection of art from around NZ. You can picnic in the Garden. Dogs welcome on leads.
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Paloma Gardens

Pohutukawa Lane, Fordell, Whanganui

Exotic gardens, landscaped with plants from all over the world, Paloma has been awarded "Garden of National Significance" by the New Zealand Gardens Trust for the past seven years.

Open daily.

Admission charged.

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487 Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth

Tupare is an arts and crafts inspired property which features a magical Chapman-Taylor designed house set amongst beautifully landscaped heritage gardens.

Open 9am - 8pm

Admission free

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Hollard Gardens

1686 Upper Mania Rd, Kaponga

Hollard Gardens, established in 1927 by plantsman Bernie Hollard, boasts a plant collection  of national importance including many rhododendrons and unusual plants.

Open 9am to 8pm

Admission free

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2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth

Pukeiti houses a world-class rhododendron collection, uniquely nestled in Taranaki rainforest. There are many kilometres of paths or tracks for either a garden walk or an adventure into the rainforest

Open daily 9am to 5pm

Admission free

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Te Kainga Marire

15 Spencer Place, New Plymouth

This is the only private native garden sanctuary in NZ to be rated as a garden of International Significance. Featured in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Gardens.

Open 9am-5pm daily September - April.

Admission charged.

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Hamilton Gardens

Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton 3216

Hamilton Gardens is a public garden park in the south of Hamilton owned and managed by Hamilton City Council in New Zealand. The 54-hectare park is based on the banks of the Waikato River and includes enclosed gardens, open lawns, a lake, a nursery, and the convention centre.

Open daily

Admission free