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  Villa Tamahunga

Address155 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana, RD 5 Warkworth Warkworth is approximately 64kms North of Auckland. From Warkworth take the Matakana road. At Matakana carry on straight ahead (now the Leigh Road). We are the first road on the left, Omaha Valley Road, approximately 4.5kms from Matakana. We are 1.5kms down Omaha Valley Road on the left (number 155 on letter box). We are about 15 min's from Warkworth.
RegionAuckland - North
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone(09) 422-9004
FaxNo
Contact PersonBrett & Margo Schneideman
Websitewww.villatamahunga.co.nz.
HoursFirst Sunday of every month October-April 10:00 am-4: pm. Also open on Sundays of public holiday weekends. Other times by prior appointment
Garden Size5 acres in garden
Price$8.00 per adult (including olive oil tasting).
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingPark in the car park area immediately to right of entry to property. Follow the arrow (on lawn area left of entry gate) pointing to the lotus pond and from there follow the orange tipped bamboo stakes that will take you through the pond gardens and up to the terraces and house. The walk up takes 5-20 minutes (depend eng on haste) and is steepish in places. If fitness is not good you can view the pond gardens first and then drive carefully up the metal driveway to the house.
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableMorning/afternoon teas by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingVisitors are invited to sit on the verandah with an excellent coffee, sample our olive oil and enjoy the view over the terrace gardens and the beautiful surrounding rural view down Big Omaha Valley road.
PicnicsBy prior arrangement
Wheelchair AccessCould be arranged
Dogs AllowedSorry no dogs
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all time as we have ponds.
AccommodationNo
WeddingsPhotos and small ceremonies only
Plant/Other SalesOur olive oil is pressed on the property using the New Zealand made Aquarius oil press and is available for tasting and sale.
Guided ToursYes we are happy to show our visitors around the garden.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesOlive Grove
There are approximately 300 trees in the grove. Manzillo is the variety used for pickling, both in brine and by dry curing in salt. The oil varieties are primarily J 5 types, Koroneiki (Greece), Frantoio and Leccino (Italy), and Picual (Spain).

Brett is available for landscape design and planting, mainly in Autumn and Winter.

If you are visiting the gardens pop into Board and Batten Studio
897 Matakana Rd Matakana. Check details on our sister site www.ruralattractions.co.nz.

On Saturday from 8 am to 1pm the vibrant farmer’s market is a focal point for locals and growers to meet. Luscious produce from the area fills the stalls – fruit and vegetables, delicious home baking and Italian-style sausages, divine organic chocolate, fine wines and boutique olive oils, locally-brewed beer, the all-important morning coffee and live music as an accompaniment.

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The Garden

A unique garden that includes olive grove, beautiful bush walks, subtropical pond gardens, rose walk and a sequence of three formally designed terrace gardens below the relocated villa, each of which relates to a distinct aspect of the great garden design tradition translated into the New Zealand context. The gardens are set right at the foot of majestic bush covered MT. Tamahunga in the picturesque wine growing Matakana region.

The Gardener

Brett Schneideman is a landscape designer of 25 years experience whose work and previous gardens has appeared on 'Maggie's Garden Show', NZ Gardener Magazine, Trinity Garden Festival, Ellerslie Flower Show, etc. In 2007 Brett was a guest artist of the Mahurangi Group of artists who held a very successful exhibition in the water gardens. For Brett his garden, Villa Tamahunga, is an ongoing work in progress and represents the culmination of a dedicated pursuit of landscape design as living art form.
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View down terraces
Muehlenbeckia 'rocks'
Olive oil
Lotuses
Clipped muehlenbeckia
Rugosa rose 'Robusta'
Middle terrace room.
Louisiana irises
Hot border view
Border view
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