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  Awaiti Gardens

AddressChester Road, R D 1, Carterton, Wairarapa 5951 , Wairarapa. From Carterton: After Carterton, carry on along SH2 for 1 kilometre until you come to Clareville Showgrounds. Turn left onto Chester Road for 2.4 km. Awaiti Gardens is sign posted on your left. From Masterton: Head south from Masterton, carry on along SH2 until you come to Clareville Showgrounds. Turn right onto Chester Road for 2.4 km. Awaiti Gardens is sign posted on your left.
RegionWairarapa Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone06 379 8478
Fax 06 379 8478
Contact PersonJeanette & Allan Gates
Websitewww.awaitigardens.co.nz
HoursOpen Times: Gardens, Homestead Tearooms, Gift Shop and Gallery are open from September 1 to May 31. Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm and Public Holiday Mondays. Closed Christmas day. June to August (appointment only )
Garden Size 6 acres, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price Adults $7, children under 12 years old $3.00. ( Please note, large groups need to make prior arrangements with us)
Brochure Available?Yes, we can post this out if you wish.
ParkingThere is an extensive carpark suitable for turning buses and parking, with easy access to road.
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableThe Awaiti Homestead Tearooms are available to provide refreshments and light lunches can be organised for your group. Large groups are welcome and will need to make prior arrangements with us.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingLocated through out the garden
PicnicsFeel free to bring your picnic and enjoy it in the gardens
Wheelchair AccessYes fully wheel chair accessable including toilets
Dogs AllowedNo please leave your dog at home
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationWe have homestay accommodation for 4 adults, no children.
WeddingsAwaiti Gardens is becoming an increasingly popular location for outdoor weddings. We have the perfect romantic location such as our ... formal garden pond backdrop bridges promenade or a wide selection of lush garden areas.
Plant/Other SalesOur gift shop stocks boutiquegifts made in New Zealand and from all over the world Our art gallery exhibits fine works from New Zealand artists in many fields of craftsmanship. From traditional oils and watercolours to funky new designs
Guided ToursAwaiti Gardens are a popular day excursion destination for guests on international cruise ships docked in Wellington. Awaiti Gardens is highly recommended for tour groups.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesAwaiti gift shop was built by Allan about five years ago, it took about two years in-between milking cows and developing the gardens.

The shop is exquisite inside with lots of lovely gifts as is the building with its cathedral arches and lead light windows .

Jeanette being an artist has at long last got a gallery which is up stairs , with her work, along with other artists .
The theme in the shop changes with seasons and at Christmas time it becomes a Christmas shop and a must see


Our tearooms are set in an historic 120 year old building with magnificent views from every window where devonshire teas and light lunches are served.

The Awaiti Homestead Tearooms can accommodate 50 people comfortably for events, private functions and tour groups. Please contact us for more information.

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The Garden

The gardens have been landscaped with a large variety of Northern Hemisphere trees one of the largest collections in a private garden in the Wairarapa along with New Zealand natives ,which are host to native birds Tuis, Owls , Bellbirds and Wood Pigeons which come and go when food is available .
The gardens are complimented with Dahlias ,Iris , Roses , Lilies , Peonies and much more and water loving plants through out the season
Autumn at Awaiti is as spectacular as the spring with temperatures that range from minus 5 deg's up to 35 deg's in the summer and it sits well in May for lovely colours.
A place of must see if you are in the Wairarapa 10 minutes from Masterton and 5 from Carterton 2.5 km's of the main highway look for Chester Rd .

The Gardener

Awaiti, a labour of love for the Gates family, is run as a family business by Jeanette and Alan Gates with help from their daughter Katrina Jordan. The property has been in the Gates family since the early 1900's.
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A very large collection of deciduous tress .Maples ,Ash , Birch , Flowering Cherry's , Beech , Oaks , Elms , Dog Woods , Red-flowering Gum , Snowball , Walnut ,And many more Autumn Trees
Awaiti Gardens is becoming an increasingly popular location for outdoor weddings.
Tearooms This building was built be fore 1880 allthough it has been up grade in side to met health standards. The structure oft the bulding is made up with a native wood millied on the farm in my early days it had shingles on the roof ,on the inside walls scrim .All fram work is mortise and tenon through with one nail .
Gift Shop
Reflection There are a number of statues in the gardens
Awaiti has a number of Paeonia early flowering to some later ones
Awaiti has one of the largest variety of Northern Hemsphere trees and shrubs in a private garden in the Wairarapa .
A very large collection of Iris are found through out the gardens
Awaiti Gift Shop was built from timber milled from the farm some five years ago ..The shop is exquisite with its cathedral arch's made of native timbers and lead light windows .The stock in the shop changes with the season and at Christmas it becomes a Christmas shop that is a must see .And also with its Gallery up stairs with works of Jeanette's as well as other artists .
The colonnade was made about ten years ago with local stone of the farm with its back drop to the pond and its port holes in the wall even from the back you get a view of the pond and trees beyond
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