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  Kakahu Farm

AddressWinchester-Hanging Rock Road, RD 21 Geraldine. Directions- From SH 1 Turn into SH 72 towards Geraldine at Winchester, then turn south into SH 79 before Geraldine. Turn left into Hanging Rock Road. Kakahu is 14 kms from Winchester, 12 kms from Geraldine.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Contact PersonSue
HoursVisitors are welcome by appointment at any time of the year
Garden Size14 acres
Brochure Available?Of available rhododendrons
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
PicnicsBy arrangement
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all time as we have a pond.
Plant/Other SalesOur extensive gardens feature over 130 varieties of mature rhododendrons for sale grown in natural conditions in the Geraldine District.
Guided ToursBy arrangement
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesCheck for details of the other side of our business.
At Kakahu, our rhododendrons are grown outside from an early age so are hardy and will shift successfully to any area.
They are up to 20 years of age and as high as 3 metres.
Rhododendrons to suit everybody - town or country. Many varieties have smaller grades which are priced accordingly.
Please contact us for details
Today the farm, 1400 ha, carries 2500 composite ewes and 1600 hogget's and a total of 1200 cattle including 500 Angus stud cows and a Charolais Stud. A plantation of radiata pine covers 80 hectares.


The Garden

The garden was established in the 1890's a park-like garden with a predominance of English trees, rhododendrons and camellias covering 16 acres.
A century-old avenue of English oaks leads to the homestead. Bluebells have naturalised beneath a plantation of Oregon pines, and a great variety of New Zealand native trees have established under the canopy of English trees.
In recent years a bog garden has been added, with a great variety of bog plants. Further plantings of interesting trees have been made, as well as a garden of coral roses for summer colour.

The Gardener

The Hargreaves family purchased the property in 1924. Kakahu Angus Stud was founded by Kenneth Hugh Hargreaves in 1954 with Ngawaka and Elleton cows and bulls bought from the Dannevirke commercial pens. Gerald now is placing great emphasis on the carcass traits of his hardy NZ based herd. To this end, proven American bulls are being judiciously used to establish one of the most advanced Angus carcass herds in the country.
Click on any image below to enlarge
Markitas Pride
White ducks by the pond
Spring colour
The compass rocks
The island
Lemon Lodge by the pond
When you visit, you will get to see our Angus cattle. This is mother and daughter
Angus faces up close.
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