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  Mayward Homestead

Address880 Whakamarama Road, off Barrett Rd, then off Old Highway, or via Youngson Rd. Whakamarama. Tauranga.
RegionBay Of Plenty
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone64 07 552 6299
FaxNo.
Contact PersonJudy and John Mahar.
WebsiteNo.
HoursThe garden is open by appointment only.
Garden SizeA large country garden. Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price$8 person for less than 10. $5 for groups larger than 10.
Brochure Available?No.
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes.
Food AvailableWe can cater to groups for morning/afternoon teas and lunches by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is limited seating around the garden.
PicnicsYes feel free to bring your own picnic.Power"hot water available,
Wheelchair AccessYes but bush walk would not be suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs AllowedNo animals please.
Children AllowedNo children please as we have ponds.
AccommodationB&B by arrangement.
WeddingsBy arrangement.
Plant/Other SalesWe are happy to sell small bits and pieces from our own collection of plants.
Guided ToursYes Judy is happy to show visitors around the garden.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesWe have a large venue room for approximately 40 people (seated at tables)-suitable for meetings, lunches etc.

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The Garden

A large country garden in a bush setting featuring ponds and stream enhanced with massed plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, hostas, irises, and azalea mollises. A short bush walk beside a sparking stream which meanders through stunning natives adds special interest to this unique garden.
A property with Native Bush such as this,we believe, should be shared and with this in mind we are pleased to open the garden.

The Gardener

Arriving in Taupo as 2 school teachers in1959.our interest in gardening became a passion when we bought a little plant shop, later building our own which became 2 businesses-Taupo Garden Centre and Taupo Florist. During this rime we moved and developed a nursery and new garden which at times was opened to the public. After selling the shop and John working for 'Duncan and Davies' for 11 years, we reluctantly left our home and garden and moved to Tauranga Dec.2004. We took on a huge challenge namely low cloud, dampness,cold and clay not to mention the opossums, rabbits, rosellas,pukekos and sheep which managed to push their way through the fences all of which seemed hell bent on destroying what were trying to achieve. From that day on we have not stopped planting John being the nurseryman, knows his plants while Judy the florist is the designer. These days John prefers the warmth of the kitchen and plies his willing working wife with food while she contours this property for your enjoyment. A property such as this , we believe, should be shared and with this in mind we are pleased to open the garden.
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Looking across the pond to Mayward Homestead.
Patio area.
Water wheel.
A quiet place to sit in the shade.
Our stunning native bush walk.
A short bush walk beside a sparking stream which meanders through stunning natives adds special interest to this unique garden.
Massed plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, hostas, irises, and azalea mollises.
Water feature.
Entrance to Mayward.
We can cater to groups for morning/afternoon teas and lunches by arrangement.
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