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Wrights Watergardens

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Great photographic opportunities

I had no idea of this place's existence until 2 hours before being taken there, and as a keen... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
New Zealand
Quite Small

We came with a grabone ticket for half the price. I think I would have been a little disappointed... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand
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“old quarry”(2 reviews)
Wrights Watergardens and Water Garden Function Centre is a unique watergarden located 45 minutes south of Auckland city. Features include ponds, gardens and pathways surround the historic Mauku Waterfall and rock quarry. The beautiful garden is a...more
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128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe, Auckland 2678, New Zealand
+64 9-236 3211
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Reviewed yesterday

Bought 4 x Groupon Vouchers to take parents in their 80's for a treat as this garden had been one of our favourite spots in the area. The owners of the restaurant (ex Amphora in Flat Bush) told me that the Chinese investor who doesnt'...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alanc72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whole place is run down to what it used to be. We could not near the waterfall, as is is all overgown. The animals looked negelgeted, and hungry. Even the ponds and fences are rundown. The cafe was okay.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ripper16
Reviewed 11 March 2018

I had no idea of this place's existence until 2 hours before being taken there, and as a keen photographer, always on the look out for new subject matter. This is an old quarry turned into some interesting gardens back into the 90s, closed a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kay004
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Waited an hour for our food. Lunch time. The gift shop was dull of Asian items. Spent a bit of money for lunch it would of been nice to go in the gardens for free. Such a shame as I remember the gift shop being...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank H8289BTdenises
Reviewed 22 January 2018

After viewing the web Site "which must be old" we were extremely disappointed. The ponds were stagnant and over grown with weed. Paths were in disrepair. I nearly tripped on a loose paving stone and hand rails were rotten. Health & safety would have a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank cjmoir83
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We took my mother for a lunch at the gardens but didn’t wander through them. I grew up near by and we used to play in the old quarry below the water fall. We camped there many a night, living off the catch of the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MarkE20
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Extremely unkept, dangerous, and no helpful signs posted for pathways. We hit dead ends several times and struggled tofind our way out. Water was stagnant and rancid, and the buildings, wooden railings and bridges were rotten and many were broken. My grandchildren were lucky to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jan7bre
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We came with a grabone ticket for half the price. I think I would have been a little disappointed if we paid the full price. The gardens are quite beautiful but felt that the place needs to be a bit bigger.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank 422iana
Reviewed 9 January 2018

If one wants a purist garden with a manicure flare, this will not be a day at that kind of spa. However, if one wants a more natural spatial relaxation with an immersion into some rustic eccentricity, streaming backyard meanderings, quiet pools, and a waterfall...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank candidcanada
Reviewed 31 December 2017

This garden is about an hour's drive from the centre of Auckland. It mostly features its waterfall, beautiful water plants, and a rusticity that comes with natural gardens. To a degree, the gardens are not spotless but more natural and peaceful rather than pristine. They...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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15 March 2015|
Response from Vicky H | Reviewed this property |
I have rung up before and asked to book a table on a Saturday for lunch and they said they didn't take bookings so I assumed there was no cafe. I went there today for the first time and there is a cafe, but it seems to... More