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  Fothergills on Mimiha

Address 84 Mimiha Rd Matata. From Whakatane, take Thornton Rd past the airport, then continue on through Matata. 5 kms past Matata, turn left on to Mimiha Rd. (look out for blue B&B sign) . From Tauranga follow SH2 through Te Puke. 25 minutes to Mimiha Rd. For a map of where we are, look on our website, No. 84 = 840 metres up Mimiha Rd
RegionBay Of Plenty
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone07 322 2224 / 0274 605958
Fax07 3222224
Contact PersonHilton & Bev Fothergill
HoursThe garden is open from Labour Weekend through till Easter, by appointment only
Garden Size2+ ha
Brochure Available? For B&B & cottage
Parking Off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableTea & Coffee, fruit, or Devonshire Teas by pre-arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
Seating Shaded deck and around garden
PicnicsYes picnic spots , hot/cold water available
Wheelchair AccessMost areas accessible by wheelchair, suitable around house area and in cottage
Dogs AllowedBy arrangement.
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationBed & Breakfast accommodation in self-sontained suite or self-service Mimiha Cottage.
WeddingsBy arrangement. Good photo venue
Plant/Other SalesFresh produce & preserves for sale
Guided ToursHosts happy to oblige.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesHigh-standard accommodation in two venues,
B&B suite (up to 4) or Mimiha Cottage (2-6, minimum 2-night stay), see

Walking tracks.

Petanque court.

Visits to other local gardens can be arranged. Contact Bev to organise.


The Garden

An idyllic country garden, richly planted, with touches of formality and a charming arrangement of structure, space and beauty in a relaxed atmosphere.
When you drive up the sealed country road (less than 1 km from SH2) you will suddenly find yourself in a beautiful river valley with huge hills rising either side, and there is our country garden, blending into the surrounding landscape and enhanced by nature's grandeur; two+ hectares of beauty and tranquillity.

There are colour co-ordinated garden beds overflowing with roses many of which climb on rustic structures, and perennials, and lovely views which flow out into the farmland beyond; trees large and small, some fruiting, plus vegetables, herbs; a small lake in a park-like space with a seat to rest on, a jetty over the water and ‘Chortle’ the dinghy; a stream wandering through.

230 roses, David Austin and Heritage mainly

Garden furniture

Cottage gardens

Some formal touches

Garden sculptures

Relaxed, country-style arrangement of gardens and lawns

Many trees - ghinko, magnolia, michelia, dogwood, maple, weeping silver pear, liriodendron, rhododendron, camellia, flowering cherry, parrotia, sorbus, cercis 'Forest Pansy', robinia, frangipani, rowan, liquidamber, titoki, gleditsia, espaliered apples, feijoa, kiwifruit, quince, pear, peach, passion fruit plus there are wonderful vegetable and herb gardens.
Birds abound; tui, kereru, fantail, bellbird, swallow, waxeye, sparrow, starling, blackbird, thrush, quail, finch, and some that are unwelcome like magpie, mynah and lorikeet.

The Gardener

Hilton & Bev have lived here for 43 years and used to farm, but have now sold most of their property and are full-time gardeners and B&B operators who love to meet people and share this special place. Hilton & Bev share the workload. Hilton has always been a farmer and enjoys driving his little tractor about, mowing the park, picking up pruning's or delivering mulch. He is also the mower on the ride-on which he regularly employs. The mulching machine is another machine he is master of. The large vegetable garden is cultivated and planted by Hilt. Bev is the ideas person, plus chief pruner and titivator! If it's heavy work, it's Hilt's! If it's presentation or care, it's Bev's domain. Bev was a teacher, and through the 1990's while still working, redeveloped this space which grew from confinement around the house, through several fence-shifting extensions, to the present expansive area with large pond and trees, much of which was part of the farm until it's sale 4 years ago. A friend and landscaper, Bobbie Drabble of Country Road Nursery, has been a strong influence in the garden for 14 years, with planning advice and hands-on help. This garden was named 'Most Prestigious Garden' in 'Pride Whakatane's open garden section, 2007 & 2008.
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