Te Kainga Marire is the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand to be rated as a Garden of International Significance. Te Kainga Marire’s (translated ‘peaceful encampment’) point of difference lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand.
This native plant paradise was developed in 1972 from clay wasteland. Keen outdoor adventurers, the owners wanted a bird friendly garden designed around the ecological groupings they had observed in the wild. New Zealand native grasses, climbers, herbaceous plants, shrubs & trees have been carefully nurtured around rustic fences, a pond, a colonial bush hut & cool fern filled Whare. Shy Tui now regularly fly into the garden to feed.
Enjoy a guided ‘Interactive Sensory Experience’ tour with the knowledgeable owners (Bookings required).
This garden was selected for inclusion in the prestigious BBC documentary Around the World in 80 Gardens.
Open daily 9am-5pm from September to April.