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  Keri Keri New World Rotary Garden Safari

AddressThe Rotary Club of Kerikeri PO Box 51 Kerikeri 0245 New Zealand
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone09 401 6254.
Contact PersonMy name is Vicki Douglas and I am this year’s Chairman of the organising committee
HoursThe festival is over for 2010 and we will add all new details for 2011 soon.
Garden SizeEach garden varies in size, please check the programme.
PriceBuy your tickets now and make the last weekend of October a weekend to remember in the Bay of Islands. Tickets cost just $20.00 for the whole weekend. (Alternatively, you may email this information to but please do not forget to state the number of tickets required and to include your contact and return postal address details.) You will receive a reply with the bank account number and reference details to include with your deposit. Once the money is deposited, the tickets will be sent out by post. * During the week before the event, tickets will be available from Kwans Garden Centre, Shoe Styles, McFadziens Pharmacy and other retailers within the Kerikeri township. * On the weekend of the event, tickets will be available from Kwans Garden Centre and outside the Kerikeri New World Supermarket.
Brochure Available?Contact us for a brochure and ticket
ParkingPlease observe parking signs or follow the directions of the Safari marshalls.
ToiletsToilets are clearly marked on the map included in the booklet presenting the gardens.
Food AvailablePlease check the programme for those gardens with food facilities.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYou are welcome to sit, relax and enjoy the views.
PicnicsYou are welcome to bring your own picnic to the gardens, however please take away your litter.
Wheelchair AccessPlease check the programme to see which gardens are wheel chair friendly.
Dogs AllowedAnimals are not permitted on to the properties.
Children AllowedChildren need to be closely supervised as there are some gardens with water features.
AccommodationFor those of you visiting our wonderful town for the Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari, we showcase a range of trusted accommodation providers to help in your planning for your weekend away. Some providers are offering an accommodation special for this weekend - when booking, please mention you are attending the Kerikeri Garden Safari.
WeddingsMany of our gardens do host weddings through out the year, so check with the garden owners for those details.
Plant/Other SalesUnfortunately there will be no plants sold at the gardens
Guided ToursPlease respect the privacy of our participating gardens - there will be Rotarians on hand to provide any help that you require. Each garden owner will be on hand to answer your questions about their gardens and plants.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThe Rotary Club of Kerikeri is an active club of men and women devoted to the principles of Rotary. We meet every Monday at the RSA Kerikeri Club in Cobham Road, Kerikeri at 5.40pm.

Our club is involved in a number of international and community projects. We are also involved in community activities, both by assisting groups and individuals and by undertaking community projects, one of which is Rolands Wood and is part of the safari.

Roland Sanson passed away in 1998 and left in his will, a plot of land, 8Ha on Inlet Rd to the community via Council. Roland left the land for future generations to enjoy and in particular for dogs to enjoy as well as there owners.
Roland had spent many years clearing and planting the land, mainly in English trees, oak and spruces etc

You are welcome to visit with your best pal, but make sure you clean up after him / her !

We in Keri Keri are very proud of Roland's Wood. A lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into the project since early 09 and it will be ongoing for many years. As they cleared the land, they found lots of stones which are being used to wall paths and make pools. They have also found a natural spring which is being turned into waterfalls and ponds.

It is located on Inlet Road near the 65 K speed signs just before the road turns down the hill past Heron Hill Rd. there is car parking at the entrance, it is signposted, there is still much work to be done but this is being done mainly by Rotary members, supervised by John Graham


The Garden

Who would have thought in 1988, that the Kerikeri Rotary Garden Safari would still be going strong 23 years later?

The Kerikeri Rotary New World Garden Safari is now an established event in the area and is our major fund raising activity. This event is supported by our major sponsor Kerikeri New World.

This year we feature a combination of three adjacent gardens.

The first garden features a liquidambar-lined drive with terraces leading down to a sitting area beside the lake. Plants have been selected for their ability to cope with the sunny, exposed site with colour added near the house to provide bright splashes throughout the year.

The second garden leads you through innovative gateposts, down the tree-lined driveway to the home by the lake. Who could believe these were once bare horse paddocks 4 years ago. Look for the sculptural feature in the lawn, the gardener’s ingenious solution to a drainage problem. Lunch will be available in this garden so spend time here and relax before you move on to the next.....

The third house and garden has been designed on feng shui principles with informal fish ponds and moving water. Two distinct parts form this lakeside property – the garden immediately surrounding the house and the wide, sweeping lawns with unobstructed views of the lake. There will be a classic car display at his garden.

There are another 13 gardens in the safari, including the redeveloped Palmco garden which is being readied for the NZ Horticultural Society judging in December and Roland's Wood - a Kerikeri Rotary on-going project.

The Gardener

This annual Garden Safari has become an important event in Kerikeri and for two days each spring, attracts people from a wide area to this wonderful part of the country and our lovely town. Once again we have many dedicated gardeners who prepare and open their gardens for this event. The Rotary Club of Kerikeri is grateful to these people who so willingly allow us to showcase a great selection of Kerikeri gardens. We thank them for their generosity and support. Our sponsors are an important part of our Garden Safari. David and Deanne Hannan who recently purchased Kerikeri New World Supermarket have continued to be our main sponsors. We are grateful to them for their generous support.
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Our photos are "Gardens from past Garden Safaris"
Roland Sanson past away in 1998 and left in his will, a plot of land, 8Ha on Inlet Rd to the community via Council. Roland left the land for future generations to enjoy and in particular for dogs to enjoy as well as there owners.
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