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  Haurata Gardens and High Country Retreat.

Address1257 Makaretu Rd, Matawai. Gisborne 4092. Situated between Gisborne and Opotiki, Haurata Retreat is approximately 65km from Gisborne city and approximately 24km east of Matawai village, and is a great way to complete an around the East Cape journey. The 12.5 km drive up the Makaretu Rd to Haurata is a unique experience.
RegionGisborne Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone64 06 867 8452
FaxNo
Contact PersonJane and Warwick Tombleson
Websitewww.haurata.co.nz
HoursGarden visits are available by appointment only.
Garden Size7 ha of park-like grounds. Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price$10 per person
Brochure Available?Yes we can post out a brochure.
ParkingOff street parking is available for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes.
Food AvailableMorning and afternoon teas and lunches are available by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is seating on the deck.
PicnicsYes if you wish to bring your own picnic.
Wheelchair AccessNo we are not wheelchair friendly.
Dogs AllowedYes if they are kept on a lead.
Children AllowedThe retreat/farmstay is sheltered from most winds and a haven for children to roam and play. Go for leisure walks, explore the river, find safe swimming holes for younger children and more challenging ones for grownups. Hurtle down rock slides, build huts, play in the trees and follow the tracks through the native bush.
AccommodationA four bedroom fully self contained holiday house with one king bed, one double bed and a twin bedroom. Extra accommodation (old shearers' quarters), which includes 6 beds and large room, is available for walkers or yoga, painting or writers retreats. If organised prior to visit meals can be provided. This includes continental and cooked breakfast and food supplied for making your own lunches and a two course evening meal.
WeddingsYes by arrangement.
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursYes we are happy to show you around the garden.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesAbout our walks
There is a 30 min walk through the bush from the garden.
Also for those who want a l hr walk there is a marked walk on the farm.
The terrain is very much big hill country making the 4-6 hr walks reasonably challenging therefore the fitness level needs to be good. Some of the walking is on bulldozed tracks and parts are on narrow sheep tracks on the side of steep hills. Small bogs and creeks have to be walked through. If you can't climb over fences these walks are not for you.
Cell phone coverage can be received on Telecom mobiles from mid to high hills. The retreat is ‘home base’ - no need to carry luggage, just a day pack.
Take in Gisborne's most amazing high country and breathtaking scenery when you tackle Haurata's three day walks. View Poverty Bay from 922 metres, walk to fascinating waterfalls, stand on Tekooti's Ngatapa Mountain pa site where he took refuge in 1869.
Check the web site for your choice of walk.

Map

The Garden

In 1996 Jaguar and Shakahn Kukulcan brought the property and proceeded to remove all the small farm paddocks to form the 7 ha grounds that are here today.

The Kukulcan's did a huge amount of work in the garden landscaping and planting over 600 rhododendrons, avenues of cherries, fruit trees and loads of deciduous and evergreen trees. Walking tracks were cut through a small patch of native bush down to the river. They had the place looking immaculate.
In 2005 they sold the property to a German and for the next two years the gardens went wild. We brought the property in 2007.

Please visit and enjoy the large landscaped rhododendron garden with deciduous and ever green trees,organic fruit trees, two avenues of cherry trees, a spiral garden and ceremonial area.
A narrow track leads from the garden into the native bush with paths going down to a beautiful rocky river. Spot the glow worms in the evening or go eeling.
This is a truly magnificent experience for nature lovers. The river is a play ground for the adventurous with rockslides, swimming holes and waterfalls.

The Gardener

Warwick Tombleson has been farming Aerial Station since 1973 and we married in 1982. Haurata was bought and split between Michael and Jackie Wallbank and ourselves in 2007. Warwick being a keen horseman does most of the farm work on horse back rather than motorbikes. For the last 10 years I have kept busy as an architectural designer working from home. We have three children whom have all left home.
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Avenue of cherry's. In 1996 Jaguar and Shakahn Kukulcan brought the property and proceeded to remove all the small farm paddocks to form the 7ha grounds that are here today.
Fireman Geoff
Round about
Entrance
President Roosevelt. The Kukulcans did a huge amount of work in the garden landscaping and planting over 600 rhododendrons.
The 12.5 km drive up the Makaretu Rd to Haurata is a unique experience. The land formed by ancient fault lines creates distinctive features with bluffs and fascinating rock sculptures.
Relax in the tranquil landscaped surroundings at Haurata. Great for a family holiday, a romantic escape, ideal for yoga retreat, painting retreat, writers retreat, or the overseas traveller wanting to experience a New Zealand high country setting.
Entrance to spiral garden
Cherry's
The terrain is very much big hill country making the 4-6 hr walks reasonably challenging therefore the fitness level needs to be good
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