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  Wells Bay Garden.

Address136 Cowes Bay Rd Waiheke Island
RegionWaiheke Island
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone64 09 3728293 mobile is 021354235
Fax09 3728293
Contact PersonJudy and Tony Laity
WebsiteNo
HoursOur garden is open only by arrangement to garden groups and those interested in plants.
Garden SizeMedium (0.5-5 ha) size Private garden with capacity for Large (20+) group sizes. Recommended visit of 3 Hours.
PriceAdults $10.00 , Children $0.00 , Seniors $10.00
Brochure Available?No
ParkingBus/Coach parking,Car parking. Please note that the steep gradient on driveway is suitable for four wheel drive access.
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableMorning and afternoon teas available by prior arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere are a number of paths and seats from which to enjoy the extensive views to Ponui and Rotoroa Islands and to the Coromandel Ranges.
PicnicsPicnics allowed
Wheelchair AccessNo the garden is not suitable for wheelchairs
Dogs AllowedNo dogs.
Children AllowedNo children under 5 years please
AccommodationNo
WeddingsNo
Plant/Other SalesPlant Sales are available from our own collection.
Guided ToursTourguide(s) Available
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesCheck www.gardenstovisit.co.nz for other gardens on the Island.

Just 35 minutes from Auckland by ferry takes you to Waiheke Island. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke boasts a subtropical climate and a beautiful 100 km coastline. Several major events are Waiheke's proud tourism future along with the growing boutique style of accommodation. Always worth a visit: any day, any time of the year. Waiheke is Auckland's special destination only 15 minutes from an international airport - just 19 km from Auckland's shoreline. It is so easy... so close... to enjoy this Island Paradise.

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The Garden

The garden is east facing with beach frontage and octogenarian pohutakawas, oleanders, oaks and many well established native trees. Because of the climate, a sub tropical garden was added in 2000 with bromeliads, agaves, aloes, echiums, succulents, hibiscus and frangipani. Plants that enjoy the salt laden winds are planted with glee! Local stone has been used extensively in the garden and integrated into a water feature. There are many different varieties of fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a herb garden and a dry garden.

The Gardener

Wells Bay Gardens were started in 2000 when Judy and Tony Laity moved from Auckland to Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf to an old family home which was built in 1910 and has been in Judy's family since 1947. Many of you may remember the beautiful garden that Judy and Tony had called Cotton Wood in Panmure.
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Because of the climate, a sub tropical garden was added in 2000 with bromeliads, agaves, aloes, echiums, succulents, hibiscus and frangipani.
Judy has developed a large bank with pathways.
The garden is in a beautiful spot called Wells Bay
A real talking point in the garden is this near to 100 year old gingko.
We have taken advantage of the bright filtered light under the trees which is what the bromeliads love.
Due to our climate the hibiscus thrive here.
Wells Bay has been in the family since 1947 and you will see a collection of very mature trees including pohutakawas, oleanders, oaks and many well established native trees.
Tony's Vegetable garden
The echiums are a genus of 40 species of rosette-forming, stiffly hairy annuals and evergreen biennials,perennials some monocarpic) and shrubs, from stony hillsides, which is why they thrive hear on the beach.
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