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  Aramatai Gardens

Address12 Mapara North Road, R.D. 3,Postal Code: 3983 Te Kuiti. We are situated 16 kms south of Te Kuiti on SH4 off SH3 at the major 8 mile junction which takes you to Taumarunui, and the Ski-fields at Mount Ruapehu. Mapara North Road is the second road on the left, then right into our gate-way, then continue along our driveway. Please phone for directions if you are coming from the south or the east directions, garden sign on highway.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone07-8788071. Cell-phone No.027 5555289.
Contact PersonStew & Trish Donaldson
HoursOpen all year by appointment.
Garden Size3.5 acres. Allow 2 hours for your visit.
Price$5 for garden walk. Package accomodation deal on request.
Brochure Available?Yes,
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableTea/coffee available Lunch/morning and afternoon teas by pre arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingSeating/shade. Covered verandah for dining
Wheelchair AccessLimited access
Dogs AllowedYes
Children AllowedChildren under supervision, welcome
AccommodationSelf contained farmstay unit, which sleeps up to 4 people.
WeddingsYes by arrangement.
Plant/Other SalesTrees, and pottery for sale.
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesNear by, stands a new addition to the property, a Self-Contained unit "Birdsong Cottage" farm stay, and a large display room containing an extensive collection of antique musical instrument's plus antique English porcelain etc.
Antique cane fishing rod collection
Pottery display
Porcelain ,etc. arranged for public viewing
Walking tracks
Limited cell-phone coverage
P.O.P. Park over property for camper vans and caravans.


The Garden

Situated at the head of a valley surrounded by rock cliffs, this large 16 year old picturesque, tranquil garden is created on natural undulating boulder strewn farmland, with expansive lawns and walking tracks.

Rest full seating is strategically placed to view vistas of beautiful flowers, and a collection of many rare trees, weeping trees and shrubs with exotic bark features, plus Rhododendrons, Camellias, and Azaleas.

Because we planted specifically to encourage bird life, you can leisurely stroll through our garden and naturally listen to a symphony of birdsong, plus, we also have a large sunken garden planted with many interesting seasonal plants on show all year around, and during April and May our garden features an amazing array of autumn colours for you to view.

A cascading water-fall joins two large ponds. An island of natural native wetland plants enhances the top pond, the lower pond is planted with various Irises plus other water loving plants, and has its own island, resembling Stewart Island, and so named.

An old fashioned fruit orchard, vegetable and herb garden supplies the home with produce all year around.

A visit to this garden will leave you feeling rejuvenated and has something to see all year round as each season has its own charm, it opens your eyes to beauty through the love of nature.

Exotic and weeping trees
Autumn colours
An abundance of bird life
Garden Sculptures
Vegetable and Herb Garden
Fruit tree orchard
Sunken Garden
Very large Rock Forms
Natural water features
Water lilies
Miniature fruit trees and Berry gardens
Friendly Clydesdale horse, and Donkey

The Gardener

Trisha and Stu own a sheep and beef farm, and when you visit you will be welcomed by "Pete" the foxy and 'Mitsy-Mac-Do" the Cairn Terrier. We have 3 grown-up children, 5 grand-children all over-seas whom are missed dearly. We look forward to your visit and, Stu doesn't mind if you bring your own lawn-mower. Above all else as hosts, we love to show you around our garden to embrace our amazing creation, and have the joy of your company. To finish:- with a random exert from our visitors book, "Absolute paradise, what a lovely place to live, so peaceful and calming, can I move in?". signed Dale C..... Dorset, England.
Click on any image below to enlarge
One of our many walking tracks
Looking back to the house
A view of bottom pond
Some Autumn Colours
Our homestead in autumn
"Aramatai Gardens"Accommodation and Walks.
Sunken Garden Area
Birdsong Cottage for accomodation and Museum of Antiques
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