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  Waitati Gardens

Address485 Buffalo Rd, Coromandel Town, opposite Gold Stamper Battery,
Privately owned or publicPrivate
PhonePhone/Fax: 07 866 8659/ Mobile: 0274 841 736
Fax(07) 866 8659
Contact PersonMary Pat Hogan and Larry Knorr
HoursSeptember through April- Dawn ‘til dusk May through August- by appointment
Garden Size1.5 acres, allow half to one and a half hours
PriceAdults $7, Children under 12 free. Group tours welcome, discounts apply.
Brochure Available?Yes, we can post this out if you wish.
ParkingParking for autos and smaller buses. Parking for large buses at bottom of drive.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
PicnicsLinger to enjoy your picnic in an inspiring garden.
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair accessible tracks enable visitors to wander amongst Graeme's native areas and enjoy the colour and perfumes of his Vireya Rhodo collection.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all time as we have a pond.
AccommodationNo we don’t but we are happy to recommend accommodation in the area.
WeddingsSeveral brides have chosen to have their wedding photographs taken in the garden.
Plant/Other SalesYes we have plants that we have potted up from our own collection.
Guided ToursYes on request.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesWaitati Gardens provides a memorable backdrop for painters and photographers.

Home of New Zealand's rarest Gecko - Gecko Hopodactylus stevensii "Coromandel."


The Garden

Fourteen years ago, Waitati Gardens was a rock covered cow pasture. Now the Coromandel quartz rocks have been built into walls and rockeries and the gardens filled with rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials.
Come stroll down the fragrant walkways that lead through tranquil gardens and pass under a canopy of native trees, by the Vireya Rhododendron glade down to water pools accompanied by the bird song of native Tuis and Bell birds.

The Gardener

Mary Pat Hogan, a landscape architect, and Larry Knorr are from America and made the garden their own four years ago, adding a bountiful potager, a walkway featuring hybrids of New Zealand native plants on the site of the former entry drive, as well as creating other specialty gardens. Mary Pat is the hands on gardener and prefers Larry to stay away from pruning, no need to ask why. They have someone in to cut the grass. They enjoy having visitors to the garden, and being a real plants person she loves to walk around and discuss what is in the garden.
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Rockery in early Spring
Blue & Green Graden
The Hot Garden
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