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  The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum.

Address207 Scotsman Valley Road, R.D. 7, Hamilton
Privately owned or publicPrivate
PhonePhone/Fax: (07) 824 0733
FaxPhone/Fax: (07) 824 0733
Contact PersonJohn & Dorothy Wakeling
Hours• Opening hours are 10 am – 5 pm in Winter; 10 am – 6.30pm during daylight savings.
Garden SizeThe Park is an arboretum that has been created in a formerly derelict quarry of 42-acres. A 2 km track takes you past all the sculptures and through each section of the arboretum.
Price$5 per child aged 5 – 14 and will continue to hold adult entry at just $10 ( 15 +). With the appointment of the Trust’s arts educator more is now offered for families and schools.
Brochure Available?We have just produced a new brochure for I-sites which state new hours of opening and new entry prices.
ParkingAmple parking.
ToiletsYes, we have one near the carpark and one at the main house.
Food AvailableRefreshments lakeside: the Leaping Frog Cafe is open at weekends and public holidays September through until May for lunches or morning and afternoon teas. For groups of between 20 - 45 people, we can cater for lunches any time of the week provided we have four days notice. Leaping Frog Cafe is open from 10 am until 4pm everyday except Monday for this summer.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingYes. There are seats in strategic locations- at the top of steps, and along the walks.
PicnicsWe welcome picnickers - there are several locations for you to choose from. Please note we do not allow picnics in the cafe area on days when the cafe is open.
Wheelchair AccessSome selected sections accessible by wheelchair. For more information contact the owners.
Dogs AllowedDogs are not allowed.
Children AllowedChildren are welcome, strictly under adult supervision.
WeddingsThe Sculpture Park is a great location to hold your wedding. Included in the package is the opportunity for your guests to enjoy the whole 42-acre park and the current sculpture exhibition while they catch up with your friends and relatives. The park has a considerable range of settings for your photographs along the 2 km sculpture trail. There is a capacity for up to 120 guests and parking for a bus and 40 cars. The wedding party vehicles can access most areas in the park -by arrangement. We do not provide room for full wedding receptions. Instead, we recommend booking at the Tauwhare Hall that has kitchen facilities, chairs & tables. Their fees are only $125 per night. Contact the Hall Manager for more details.
Plant/Other SalesA guide to the plants in the arboretum is available for $10; books of the sculpture exhibitions are available for $35
Guided ToursGuided tours can be arranged for parties at an extra fee. Volunteer guides and docents are often on duty at weekends.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThe Park is the art place to be. All the exhibitions are presented by the Waikato Sculpture Trust. There are three new exhibitions annually. Commissions from sales help run future exhibitions.

Suitable locations for outdoor ceremonies include:
1. The quarry pond
This large (800m2) water lily pond is the most spectacular option. It contains a stage & boardwalk suited to an informal wedding ceremony. The acoustics within the quarry pond are outstanding, creating a great location for listening to music. This setting is the most distant from the car park so you may need to arrange for transport to be provided for your elderly guests, in consultation with us.
2. The pavilion
Set between two ponds, the pavilion is a small shelter with Moorish arches. Its location is near the main car parking area and is easily accessible for elderly as it is on flat terrain. Seating can be arranged leading to and around the pavilion. It has a backdrop of native tress with spring-flowering cherry trees and summer-flowering plants close by.
3. The artist's shelter area, alongside our biggest pond, includes seating which can be utilised by arrangement after 5pm for drinks and nibbles or for an evening wedding.

BOOK OF E:SCAPE 2011 The first printing of the coloured catalogue of the exhibition has sold out but we are currently taking orders for its next printing. It is available for $35 by getting in touch with the Trust’s arts administrator, Sarah at The Trust intends to publish such a book as a long-term resource for its summer and autumn exhibitions each year.

Come stretch your legs on a fine day over the next few months and visit the winter collection.


The Garden

The Park is an arboretum that has been created in a formerly derelict quarry of 42-acres. Planting started in 1991 and has been designed to use and enhance the landscape of rocky outcrops, ponds, flowing water, and broad vistas toward Pirongia mountain.
Features include ponds, lakes, waterfalls and a stream;
collections of more than 18,000 trees and shrubs located in various sections including a fernery, a rock garden, native NZ bush gullies, and areas devoted to the plants of different continents. A circular loop along a trail of more than 2 km leads you through the sculpture park. All weather walking track.

The Gardener

Derek Turnwald is the full-time curator/manager of the park. He is generally within hailing distance during working hours. He is professional arborist with further qualifications in landscape construction. Sue Smith works one day per week and looks after the garden areas and ensures the continuity of floral attractions and the design of the borders.
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Transformation, by Ralph Price
Tuigamala and Rongo, by Fatu Fe'u
Pearliculture, by John Iaone
The Atrist's Shelter and Leaping Frog cafe. For groups of between 20 - 45 people, we can cater for lunches any time of the week provided we have four days notice.
Autumn at the gardens
The celebrated Wai Taiko Drummers performing on the stage in the Quarry pond
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