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  Eden Garden

Address24 Omana Avenue, Epsom. Only a few minutes drive from the bustling streets of downtown Auckland. The garden is not signposted until you are within a block of the garden itself.
RegionAuckland - Central
Privately owned or publicPublic
Phone+64 (9) 638-8395
Fax+64 (9) 638-7685
Contact PersonKaren Taylor.
HoursWe are open from 9 am to 4:30 pm during the Summer (1st September through 30th April) and 9 am to 4 pm during the Winter (1st May through 31st August). The Garden is closed on Christmas Day.
Garden SizeFive acres, Take half an hour or half a day to visit Eden Garden.
PriceAdults $8, Seniors & Students $6, Children under 12 – Free.
Brochure Available?Yes along with a full map of the gardens.
ParkingThere is free on-street parking right outside our front gate, plus street-side parking on adjacent streets. Please be sure not to block or impede access to our neighbours' driveways.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingThe heart of the Garden is the compact plaza with its umbrella-shaded tables and chairs surrounding the cafe and main meeting room.
PicnicsYes please feel free to bring your own picnic, however the cafe seating is available only for those eating at the cafe.
Wheelchair AccessThe lower garden is easily accessible.
Dogs AllowedYes - on lead only.
Children AllowedYes, but no skate boards/bikes etc
Plant/Other SalesPlease visit us and explore our wonderful range of gifts for all ages: * Beautiful cake stands * Lovely cups and saucers and mugs * Irish linen teatowels * Embroidered handkerchiefs * Candle and candle holders * Coasters * Lovely cards * Fiskars tools * Niwashi tools * Plants.
Guided ToursYes we do guided tours of the garden outlining the history, for more than 3 visitors only. We have a flat charge of $100, 3 people or 100 people.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesArt in the Garden
Garden Art and an Art Exhibition. Sunday 20th February 2011

Explorer Bus
Auckland's famous Explorer Bus stops at Eden Garden every hour during the summer on its tours of Auckland City. The service runs from 16th October to 13th April, The route to Eden Garden is part of the Explorer Bus satellite service which connects to the main tour at Auckland Museum. For enquiries, call free phone 0800-4-EXPLORER

A Café For All Seasons
Featuring everything from an informal cappuccino and a snack to delicious lunches and Devonshire teas, our café offers visitors a wide range of choices.

Garden Patio
The sunny garden patio, sheltered from the wind, makes alfresco dining in the garden a delight, even in winter. For those rainy brisk winter days, there is new heating in the Garden Room to keep you warm.


The Garden

Eden Garden is the brainchild of Jack Clark who, with fifteen fellow enthusiasts, began work converting the wilderness and rubbish in the old quarry into a garden.

The quarry itself is interesting as it is an old volcanic cone that was a source of building materials for colonists in the 19th century.

It has been described as Auckland's best-kept garden secret. Eden Garden boasts the largest and most varied collection of camellias in New Zealand; a large number of vireya rhododendrons, rhododendrons and azaleas, a host of bromeliads, some magnificent hibiscus and a wide collection of New Zealand native plants, making this an important and interesting garden for the plants alone.

The Gardener

We are a 5.5 acre garden maintained until recently by one full-time gardener and a dedicated group of volunteers. We've recently hired another full-time gardener/maintenance person but will continue to rely on the efforts of volunteers.
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Ben James path
Millers Lane
If you visit in the spring you will see a beautiful display of tulips.
‘the mosaic seat’.
Watch for the resident native birds - a Tui perched on the giant flower stalk of an agave.
Admire the vista over the tops of the trees from the vantage points on the heights.
Enjoy the view over the hundreds of bromeliads flourishing in Bromeliad Glade
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