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  Chiddingfold Garden

Address52 Hydro Road, Karapiro, Cambridge. Directions- From SH1, 6 kms south of Cambridge, take Hydro Road sign posted for Karapiro Village. Postal, Chiddingfold RD 2 Cambridge.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone+64 7 827 4294
Fax+64 7 827 4394
Contact PersonSally and John Coles
HoursVisit our garden by prior arrangement only, Please call first. The garden is open all year as there is always something flowering.
Garden SizePrivate property of several acres.
Brochure Available?Yes information about the property can be handed out when you come.
ParkingOff street parking is available for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsNo but there are Public toilets available in Karapiro Village
Food AvailableNo but good restaurants are nearby.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingThere is seating around the garden.
PicnicsYes feel free to bring along your own picnic.
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair access is good.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedChildren must be accompanied by an adult,
AccommodationOur lovely self contained annexe is apart from the main house and entirely private, new and modern. It has provided holidays for many people from all over the world. It is a self-contained one bedroom with queen-size bed, plus two divans in the sitting room, with kitchen. It also has a big separate bathroom. Laundry available in unit, TV
Weddings No
Plant/Other SalesPlants for sale from our own collection.
Guided ToursYes we are happy to show our visitors around the garden.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesMany places to visit within one hours drive.

Rotorua - New Zealand's top tourist attraction
Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
Lunch or Dinner on a Waikato River Cruise
Lake Taupo - Catch a trout for breakfast!
Tauranga or Mount Maunganaui - A day at the beach
Picnic by the Lakes - Visit a Hydro Dam
Hamilton - For sightseeing and shopping
Cambridge/Tirau - The antique and craft centres of New Zealand.


The Garden

Chiddingfold Garden has historic plantings dating from 1873 and newer plantings commencing 1936. An easy walking garden with a large native tree section, many roses, rock and bark gardens and an extensive selection of camellias flowering all winter. Chiddingfold includes an all year garden where visitors can walk the paddocks with a newly formed pond and damp area planted with New Zealand swamp varieties. You will enjoy a view of the lovely Waikato countryside.

The Gardener

We bought this property in 1976 after selling our sheep and cattle farm in Arohena, as we still wanted to live in the Country. The trees on the drive were the first attraction as well as the native tree patch, which was planted in 1950 along with the present house. There were also 100 roses and 40 camellias and we have extended this to a terraced garden adding more varieties of plants. We have also planted several more ever green trees in the paddocks as well as 6 varieties of magnolias both deciduous and ever green. We can now enjoy the autumn colours from our planting. We also planted thousand of daffodils on the drive, with many buckets picked to sell on Daffodil day, so raising money for cancer research. We decided to open our garden for more people to enjoy, but bookings are only by arrangement. Please email or phone.
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Our Home and Melia tree
Rose Garden
Tuis in the kowhai
Aerial view our property
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