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  Te Rata

Address611 Hursthouse Rd, Kakaramea.Take State Highway 3 Sth from Hawera for 18km, turn left at Ball Rd for 3km, then right at Alton on to Hursthouse Rd, we are 3km on left
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Contact PersonJacq and Mich Dwyer
HoursOnly during Taranaki Rhododendron Festival, 26 Oct-4 Nov
Garden Size2 acres
Price$4 during Festival
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars
Food AvailableYes, Tea, Coffee and Cakes available
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingWe have several areas around the garden for enjoying the views.
PicnicsYes feel free to bring your own picnic
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedOnly on a leash please.
Children AllowedYes.
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursYes we are happy to take our visitors around our grounds.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThere is a Haha in the backyard that provides panoramic views of the dairy farm below & surrounding farmland.
It can also be used as a petanque area where visitors are welcome to stop for a game.


The Garden

A restored old country garden, originally laid out by a landscape architect in the 1950's. It features large open lawns, a circular rose garden planted in Rugosa Roses, & secret paths through established trees and garden beds. Lots of twisty old camellias, colourful azaleas & sculptural succulents are all part of the appeal of this peaceful place. In the springtime daffodils and blossom trees add splashes of colour.
Our stucco house has been painted black & now blends into the garden with its earthy tones.
An Olive tree hedge borders the roadside of the garden, and these give attractive silvery colour, & one day will give enough olives to do something with.
The orchard has many fruit trees, a vegetable garden and large, productive compost bins. Also a Swedish style Hen house is home to the chooks.
Beyond the orchard, a recently reclaimed gully area has been terraced and planted in kowhai's & dwarf flaxes to feed the native birds that also enjoy our garden.

The Gardener

Te Rata garden as it is now, is the work of 6 years by two sisters in their spare time. It was skillfully created in the 1950's by the origional owners who bought it as a ballot farm after the war. We want to keep the feel of that era of garden. Camellia's, hydrangea's, hosta's, iris's, rose's have all been part of the plan for new areas in the garden. We are fortunate to have some beautiful old deciduous trees. A sixty year old horizontal elm grace's the front lawn, as well as a mossy, gnarled old pink blossom tree, Shimitsu Sakura. As an interior designer, I like to coordinate colours and textures outside as well, everything I plant has to have rhyme & reason, so it fits in with the style of the place. It is such a treat to have so many birds enjoy our garden too, Wood Pigeons are happy to drink out of the bird bath & a Morepork will sit on the clothes line at night. What more can a gardener ask for, than appreciation like that.
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Spring Colour
A very quiet place to sit
Catmint by concrete wall
Anzac Poppys
The Hidden Garden
Concrete Steps to Haha
Bird Bath by Blossom Tree
Cape Cod Chairs on Haha
Tones of Red in the Backyard
Dappled light on Orchard Lawn
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