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Submitted by Valeside on Monday, June 20, 2011

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The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum. The Art Place to Be

Submitted by Valeside on Saturday, June 11, 2011

The long, mild autumn and recent publicity in the NZ Herald (see link below) has brought many more visitors to the Park than is usual for early Winter.  With a surprising number of plants still in bloom and the leaves clinging to many trees, this Queen’s Birthday weekend has been our busiest ever.


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Garden at French Farm. 104 French Farm Valley Road, Akaroa.

Submitted by Valeside on Sunday, June 5, 2011

Visits by prior appointment only. Garden and studio visits limited to groups of 30 maximum, as our studio will not take any more than this. 10am to 5pm - September to April inclusive.

A charge of $10 per head for unguided individuals/small groups. $15 per head for groups (minimum 10, maximum 30) - 2 hour programme - studio talk & guided walk round the garden. 


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Submitted by Valeside on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If you are still stuck for accommodation check this site and   Many of our garden owners have great B&BS with the whole Kiwi Experience going on.

Use the search option on the home page, put in the region you wish to stay in and accommodation available and those gardens will come up.

You will find that the accommodation is of a very high standard, not 5 star but very comfortable.

Cheers Jacquelyn Jamieson


64 09 5342663

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My Profile, Jacquelyn Jamieson/Ludlam

Submitted by Valeside on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hi from Jacquelyn Jamieson (nee Ludlam) the originator of this “Gardens to Visit” Website. I am a Stratford Taranaki girl, who caught my passion for gardening... from my father Jack Ludlam. All 5 generations of the New Zealand Ludlam's worked with the land and fed their families from extensive vegetable patches. I still can’t look at broad beans! As a hairdresser who trained in Christchurch I was taught the elements of design and how to turn something ordinary into something quite spectacular. It was only a small step to transfer these principles into the world of gardens and landscaping. In Auckland I turned a sloping windswept 1.5 acres on Point View Drive into the well known “Valeside” with rock features, paths, subtropical's, a fernery, banks of succulents, orchids and specimen trees. This property has now been sold and I am currently re-establishing my garden in pots & tubs in Howick. Gardenstovisit is the result of many requests from fellow gardeners to have an internet.


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If you are in the East Auckland area visiting gardens visit McNicol Homestead and Museum

Submitted by Valeside on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Take a step back in time and see what Clevedon was like in the 1800's until today. Visit the display rooms within the restored homestead of the McNicol family, early settlers to Clevedon. The Kauri home built in 1878, now runs as a museum.


McNicol Road (Wairoa Bridge end). Head north toward Whitford Rd Exit the roundabout onto Whitford Park Rd 4.2 km 3. Turn right at Brookby Rd 1.0 km 4. Turn left at Twilight Rd 1.2 km 5. Turn right to stay on Twilight Rd 4.4 km 6. Turn right at North Rd 83 m 7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd 750 m 8. Turn right at McNicol Rd Destination will be on the left. 20 m.
Check for more details.

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If you are in South Auckland visiting gardens you must visit the Waipipi Bird Garden.

Submitted by Valeside on Monday, April 4, 2011

Waiuku has a great tourist attraction with the opening of the Waipipi Bird Park in Waipipi Wharf Road. For Ron Peake, this is the culmination of ten years of hard work, as he and his wife Amily worked on their 16 acres of farmland, transforming pasture into an avocado orchard and six acres of gardens and aviaries. Many of the 300 parakeets, lorikeets, parrots, cockatoos and conures have been hand-reared and for the past few years Ron has also been buying birds from all over New Zealand to produce breeding pairs.
Apart from building the 70 aviaries, Ron has planted an extensive garden with trees and shrubs to attract native birds as well as fruit trees, bottle brush and olive trees to help provide food for his bird population, ducks and swans. Check


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The Prenzel Shop Whitford is a must if you are visiting gardens in the Manukau area.

Submitted by Valeside on Monday, March 21, 2011

Visit our latest listing if you are coming to the area to visit gardens on The Prenzel Shop Whitford Address 7 Whitford Wharf Road Whitford Village, Manukau City. Tasting Table Immerse yourself in the best that New Zealand has to offer, and tantalize your tastebuds at the tasting tables in both stores. There you will find Infused Rice Bran Oils, Infused Olive Oils, Vinegar's, Vinaigrettes, dessert toppings, mustards, jams, chutneys, syrups as well as locally made Extra Virgin Olive Oil from River Estate in Whitford, along with fabulous Dukkah.

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Would you be interested in running a B&B in one of the most beautiful rural areas in NZ.

Submitted by Valeside on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We have a very up market B&B Lodge in Awakino on the West Coast of the North Island.  We are wanting a weekly rental and the running of the B&B profits are yours.

Please contact Garry on 021 775397.
or email

Awakino River Lodge can be seen on

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Rural Attractions of NZ

Submitted by Valeside on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Have you visited our sister site  It is a site that lists rural attractions all around NZ.  For groups who are visiting gardens there are also places that may interest you.  If you want to put a ''day out'' together check both sites for places to visit.

Cheers Jacquelyn Jamieson

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