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  Waihi Waterlily Gardens

Address441 Pukekauri Road, Waihi, Coromandel
RegionBay Of Plenty
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone(07) 863 8267
Contact PersonSam or Olivia
HoursLabour Weekend - Easter 10:00am - 4:00pm Daily
Garden Size15 acre's allow 1-3 hrs
PriceAdults $8.50. Senior Citizens $7.50. Children Under 12: Free. Family and group concessions available
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingExtensive car/bus parking off street
Food AvailableThe cafe offers garden visitors more than a refreshing drink! Licensed, the best of local wines, a range of refeshments; including delightful coffee (often described as "the best, ever!"), teas and organic juices are offered. A blackboard menu and a display cabinet with freshly prepared food provide a delicious range for all palates. For the seriously decadent, platters with site-smoked salmon, freshly baked breads, crostinis, home-made chutneys, hummus, and an olive,eggplant and artichoke infusion are thoroughly memorable. All food is lovingly prepared on site.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingThe Cafe (indoor and courtyard) seats 70+. There are numerous seats around the garden.
PicnicsWelcome in the gardens.
Wheelchair AccessMuch of the property, Cafe toilets, and Cottage Accommodation are wheelchair friendly.
Dogs AllowedLeashed dogs welcome.
Children AllowedA wonderful environment for children to explore.
AccommodationLuxury self contained or catered cottage stays.
WeddingsMultiple wedding ceremony sites and reception venue options.
Plant/Other SalesMore than 50 varieties of hardy and tropical waterlilies are for sale.
Guided ToursBy prior arrangement.
Function center?Yes
Other FacilitiesThe licensed Garden Cafe is located a short flat walk from the carpark. Delightful food, freshly prepared on site, and superb coffee is available from 10am until 4pm daily.

In 2007, the attraction of the Waihi Waterlily Gardens expanded to include boutique architectural cottage stays, through which self contained, bed and breakfast or fully catered options are offered to guests who want to spend more time in garden accommodation proximal to Waihi, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Now, four seasons of the year, visitors can enjoy the magic of the Waihi Waterlily Gardens day and night.


The Garden

The Waihi Waterlily Gardens have captivated imaginations, stimulated senses and provided enchanting water garden experiences for more than fifty years. Visitors from every corner of the globe have left footprints beneath giant flora, on grassy knolls, and next to the natural waterways that run through this magnificent fifteen acre property. Many return to nourish the seeds they'd planted during past visits: the seeds of fond memories.

Beautifully mature trees, rolling topography, and a lake fed by a gently meandering stream set the framework for the Waihi Waterlily Gardens. The ponds, more than twenty in all, are rich with splashes of yellow, red, white, blue, pink, peach and cream; waterlilies delicate on the surface. Broad, rolling areas of lush green grass are segmented by clusters of ponds, giant trees and natural waterways. There's a 'wow' factor round every bend. Canopied by giant oaks, liriodendrons, maples, liquid ambers, meta sequoias and swamp cyprus', water is transported over a ford and down a tall step before heading through a trail of native New Zealand Flora; including rimu, kahikatea, lancewood, miro and kauri. After exiting the bush, past cascading water, past the gingko trees and the copper beech, the gardens open to an expansive 2 acre lake, overlooked by a weeping willow and surrounded by giant flora.

The Gardener

Olivia, Sam, Alix and Beven purchased the Waihi Waterlily Gardens in 2004 and closed for three years to restore the property. After an intensive hands-on approach, the environment was reopened to the public for the 2007-08 summer season. Now, approaching the fourth season of operation, they're once again looking forward to sharing this 'enchanting and magical' environment with visitors from across the globe.
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