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  Totara Waters Subtropical Garden and Accommodation.

Address89 Totara Rd, Whenuapai, 23km west of Auckland city region.
RegionAuckland - West
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone09-4168272,
Fax09 416 8062
Contact PersonPeter & Jocelyn Coyle
Websitewww.totarawaters.co.nz
Hours10 am-4pm first Friday & Saturday of month or by appointment. Our nursery is open Mon through to Saturday 10am till 4pm
Garden Size2.5 acres allow 1 hour.We welcome : Garden Clubs, Social Clubs, Bus and Coach Tours.
Price$8. (Overseas groups $10 guided tour)
Brochure Available?Brochure/map available,.
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableMorning/afternoon teas available by arrangement..
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingSeating available,
PicnicsNo
Wheelchair AccessGarden is wheelchair friendly.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedYes but please supervise
AccommodationTotara Waters offer the discerning traveller or garden enthusist the chance to stay in its private one bedroom fully furnished self contained unit set on the grounds of our subtropical garden (separate from the main house).Tarrif : $130 - $180 per night.
WeddingsNo
Plant/Other SalesTotara Waters has a large variety of Bromeliads and other subtropical plants for sale and expert knowledge on hand. So come and visit us today! Monday to Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BROMELIADS - Landscape & Retail enquiries welcome.
Guided ToursYes by arrangement, please ask for price.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesCornerlea Garden 26 Riverlea Road Whenuapai is 6 minutes from Totara Waters and Brookgreen Park
15 Goldflats Lane Albany is 10 minutes from the Albany shops and 15 minutes from Totara Waters.

An unusual sight greets visitors at the bottom of the garden where the rusting hulk of HMNZS Hawera has been abandoned since the early 1950s.

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The Garden

Totara Waters Subtropical Garden, almost one hectare in extent, is nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata Harbour where it displays many rare and collectable plants scourced from around the North Island.

Development of the garden on an almost bare site began in 1999 when truck loads of lichen covered rocks and boulders were brought in from a local quarry.

The large sub-tropical plant collection differs widely with specimens from many different genera – large bromeliad collection, cycads, beaucanea, yuccas, aloe, agave, strelitzia and scores of palms. These are arranged in island beds and on sweeping lawns in a style evoking the tropics.

We have Parrots on display, large melting pots, chimney pots, and a variety of Garden Art. Totara Waters features a stunning Bonsai Collection, over 25 varieties of Palms, and a large display of Bromeliads and Succulents.

The Gardener

Peter and Jocelyn are perfectionists, which is apparent the moment you arrive at Totara Waters. They collect ornamentation which is a feature and real love. Old chimney pots gathered from around New Zealand (and some from the United Kingdom) and large crucibles as well, all collected over time. This garden has been a long time dream, which you realise when they tell you about the large collection of bonsai, which were grown from seed 40 years ago.
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View from our accommodation
Totara Waters offer the discerning traveller or garden enthusist the chance to stay in its private one bedroom fully furnished self contained unit set on the grounds of our subtropical garden (separate from the main house).
Totara Waters is a NZ Garden Trust ' Garden Of National Significance'
The large sub-tropical plant collection differs widely with specimens from many different genera – large bromeliad collection, cycads, beaucanea, yuccas, aloe, agave, strelitzia and scores of palms.
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