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Address144 Brickfield Road, 2 R D. Hokitika Westland 7882. To find us we are 5 minutes from the town of Hokitika. Turn off Hwy 6, north of the bridge at Hokitika, turn off at the grey and white church into Hampden St, follow road up the hill turn left into Brickfield Rd and carry on to the end of the road.
RegionWest Coast
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone03 755 7844, please phone between 6pm and 8pm.
Contact PersonHelen Love
Hours1st Oct to 31 March and Easter 10am to 4pm. Other times by appointment only
Garden Size7 acres, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price$5 per person.
Brochure Available?Yes can be mailed out.
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars in front of our garage.
Food AvailableBy arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
Wheelchair AccessVery limited.
Dogs AllowedNo as this is mining country, can be dangerous for the animals.
Children AllowedYes under supervision only as we have water.
WeddingsYes ceremony and photos by arrangement, you can discuss with Helen bringing your own food.
Plant/Other SalesYes we have some plants for sale..
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThe garden has a gully which has a series of "test" holes which were dug in the early 1900s, in search of gold. There is also one large mine shaft a small distance away.

The local town of Hokitika is a small town sandwiched between surf and river only 20 km from the mighty Southern Alps.

You can experience gold towns, pounamu other wise know as greenstone Carnegi NZ jade or nephrite. Arts and crafts, Museums and the Carnegie Gallery. Steam trains at Shantytown.
The wild food festival in early March each year has become famous for its quirky wild food which brings some 18,000 visitors to the area each year.
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The Garden

Seaforth started development in 1994. The gorse and braken has been cleared and remenents of bush retained. It is a challenging contour which has steps and paths leading through bush to the bottom of the gully where there is a natural creek and 3 ponds.

The main plantings are rhododendrons azaleas mapels dogwood conifers magnolias hydrangea and hostas, interspersed with perennials and dahlias.

The bush has totara rimu miro kawahi rata lancewood and ponga in abundance. There is not a lot of frosts on the top of the hill in winter but we do get hard frosts in the bottom of the gully. So a wide range of plants can be grown.

The soil is mostly blue clay over iron pan and very acid. Because of the high annual rain fall the garden is lush all year round.

The Gardener

When my husband and I bought our property in 1994, I never envisaged having a large garden. However after doing a lot of clearing I needed to plant ground cover to stop erosion and so the garden began. The 7 acres of Seaforth has been established on abandoned land which was gold mined in the 1880's. We have created a beautiful West Coast haven which keeps me busy most days. I visited the Chelsea Flower show 07 and many other gardens in England and France. We have 2 sons living close by and 2 daughters in Australia.
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Looking down the gully
Stone pathway
The border garden
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