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Whangarei Quarry Gardens

37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-437 7210
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We arrived at 4:00, so had to move around quickly before the gates were locked, however, we were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Warragul, Australia
Magic place

I regularly visit this garden sculpted out of an old quarry by volunteers. It is a truly magical... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 ruins, tunnels, a scented Camellia collection, a plethora of NZ native and exotic plant species and so much more... The Gardens are a work in progress and have been created through the blood, sweat, tears and laughter of volunteers, supporting companies and other interest groups. Entry is by GOLD-COIN DONATION, with all proceeds used to purchase plants and equipment. Thanks!
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37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-437 7210
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived at 4:00, so had to move around quickly before the gates were locked, however, we were able to see lots of the gardens. It is amazing to think the place was formerly a quarry. It is inspiring what can be done when people...More

Thank Elise147
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I regularly visit this garden sculpted out of an old quarry by volunteers. It is a truly magical place for a stroll or a brisk walk. The lake is a peaceful and beautiful place to relax after the walk up the pebbled paths. Spring is...More

Thank maggic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife & I visited in full summer in 2000 and loved it, so we visited again Sept 2017 with 2 friends, our friends were very impressed and my wife & I congratulated the volunteer staff we met on all of the improvements they had...More

Thank lindsaysandra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is ok but quite expensive for what you are getting. Eggs Benedict very small portion and long wait. Nice setting though. Coffee is also good, but service too slow.

Thank marielouisej282
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Morning tea @ The Quali Cafe in Quarry Gardens and a look around the beautiful gardens is truly a pleasure and a 'not-to-be-missed for the gardener, in this northern city

Thank Judy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful garden setting with all sorts of planting and the quarry lake is amazing. Lots of old buildings to wander through and pathways for the kids to explore on. The Cafe is beautiful as well.,

Thank Abbey C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Whangerei from Australia we visited most tourist sites. The Quarry Gardens are not far out of town and cost is a donation. The camellias and bromilliads were the feature at this time of the year. The lake & stream added interest.

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We were pretty amazed that this extensive garden has been created and is maintained purely by volunteers and sponsors. The views are lovely and there are quite a few bush tracks leading from the garden paths proper that we will go back and explore another...More

Thank DeborahK765
Reviewed 12 September 2017

This is so beautiful, lovely to now be able to sit and have food here, cafe can be busy, nice coffee.You have to walk around the whole place, so many different plants, even for different seasons, so worth it, they cater for disabled quite well.

Thank Peteh222
Reviewed 9 September 2017

First time I have visited the new Café. The quarry gardens are amazing and the Café is very very nice. The food was very good with a very peaceful outlook.

Thank Khan M T D
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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
Natyhaphon R
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
27 February 2016|
Response from Quarry_Gardens | Property representative |
Gold coin donation :)