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  Rosalie's Retreat

Address283 Waitotira Rd. RD1 Waitotira. 20 mins south of Whangarei, traveling north from Auckland on state highway 1 turn off at Mangapai, come to the cross roads, turn left and we are the 3rd house down, look for the signs.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Contact PersonRosalie McCullough
Hours10 30am to3 30pm
Garden Size2.5 acres allow 1 hour, then time to look through the studio.
PriceNo Charge
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOn Street for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsOne toilet
Food AvailableHot water available and food by prior arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingSeating available.
Wheelchair AccessNot unless you have a very fit and strong caregiver.
Dogs AllowedNo
Children AllowedYes
Plant/Other SalesStatues and ceramics
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesCheck for details of the other side of our business.
Rosalie is a well known character in the area, who has been making ceramics in her studio for many years.

Some of you may have them in the garden not knowing where they have come from.


The Garden

In 1970 we started to develop Rosalies Retreat from a bare hay paddock.
Our first job was to remove the huge Macrocarpas that had been planted as a shelter belt, and replace them with NZ natives. We then planted dozens of Maples and Cassonias.

As time went on the pongas and other natives self seeded every where giving us great shade. So we took advantage of the shade and planted dozens of small and large flowering Vireyas, many of which are scented. some are now very large.

We feed wood pigeons, tuis and goldfinches,and in fact, there can be 9 different species of birds all bathing together and all getting on extremely well in the stone bird bath.

The Gardener

I am 72, and don’t keep great health, but am doing something I have always been interested in. Gardening has always had to fit it in between milking and raising children. I am now living my dream. For the last eleven years I have been making pottery in my studio which I love, and it works so well with the garden. I have people who come to the garden, wander around and after seeing the ornaments and their settings buy them. Many come back to buy a second time.
Click on any image below to enlarge
Outside the studio
This is a paua bird bath ( 55 cm x 40 cm) We can make a taller base for this piece
Beautiful rooster that will enhance any garden
The native bush(planted in 1970 from a hay paddock) with one of our 38 year old maples
Rosalies ' ceramics
Species Rhodo from China
30 x 30 cm wall hanging (suitable for both inside and outside)
Vireyas give the garden real tropical colour
Large Lady Bug
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