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Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Surprisingly wonderful.

We didn't really know what to expect, but what we found is a lovely and enchanting garden, with a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cuenca, Ecuador

An absolute must stop - you should put aside at least 2 hours to take in the gardens - so much to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“exotic plants”(8 reviews)
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical oasis created by volunteers in the remnants of a former quarry in Northland, New Zealand. The Gardens are open to the public and feature subtropical gardens, native forest walks, waterfalls, streams, quarry...more
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37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-437 7210
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All reviews quail gold coin donation exotic plants golf cart an eyesore lovely cafe different areas morning tea hidden treasure hard work great place to visit worth a visit walk around sunny day beautiful spot couple of hours nice walk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't really know what to expect, but what we found is a lovely and enchanting garden, with a well-maintained path and for the adventurous, paths up to lookouts. For those who just want to stroll, the paths are easy, with benches to sit and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sburkerd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolute must stop - you should put aside at least 2 hours to take in the gardens - so much to see and the views are beautiful. Their Quail Cafe is also just devine.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ziwis2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little off the beaten track and not well sign posted. Definitely worth a visit and now they have a cafe too which is fairly recent

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sap55koala
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The work that our local volunteers has done over the years is phenomenal! What a hidden treasure in the heart of Whangarei.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paradise65459708193
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot. I was trying to think of how to set my garden. I had a wonderful afternoon stroll. I left inspired and relaxed.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Rochelle M
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to stroll and relax amongst a huge variety of plants and stroll around the lake. The cafe has excellent fresh food.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _fowler_annette
Reviewed 24 October 2018

The grounds were absolutely beautiful. My partner and I visited for an hour or so. Apparently the grounds are maintained by community volunteers which is great. The main dampener (and it really did spoil our visit) was on entering the gardens. Unfortunately the lady at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

I visited the gardens when they first opened years ago, and a lot has changed since then! The people who care for and tend to this place take a lot of pride in their work, and it shows! Beautiful walks, lots of parking, great location,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 154daniellap
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

A peaceful landscaped quarry with waterfalls streams a lake and interesting plantings of various kinds of plants from native to desert, sub tropical, tropical and varied shrubs according to the micro climate. An easy uphill stroll with some remains of the old workings still there....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CynthiaH2142
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Great place to see the beauties of nature. Some steep walks but most areas feature gradual inclines only.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clive N
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Carolyn W
2 July 2018|
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Response from Quarry_Gardens | Property representative |
Kia ora Carolyn, There is disabled parking at the rear of the Visitors Centre, disabled toilets, and easy wheelchair access into the Visitors Centre/Quail cafe (cafe open Wed-Sun 9-3). The Gardens are hilly in parts... More
7 December 2016|
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Response from Quarry_Gardens | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes! The gardens are open, but the Cafe is closed from Xmas day until the 4th. So feel free to bring a picnic for your walk :) Thank you
21 October 2016|
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Response from wellingt0nkirby | Reviewed this property |
The gardens are open daily, including public holidays from 9am. So yes should be open on Labour Day. There is no set fee but they do ask for a gold coin ($1 or $2) per person. You are of course welcome to give a larger... More