A stunning and picturesque watergarden located 45 minutes south of Auckland city. Ponds, colourful gardens and winding pathways surround the iconic Mauku Waterfall. The garden is a great location for day visits, retreats, weddings and special occasions.
Relax in the bright red pagoda of the Oriental Garden, venture your way through native bush along the Mauku stream, sip a cappucino at our newly-reopened café, or have a BYO picnic surrounded by Greek sculptures on the Wedding Lawn.
While still retaining its picturesque beauty, the Watergardens have undergone several exciting new developments under the new management of Patrick and Lily. An impressive display of eccentric and memorable sculptures have been added to the gardens. Winding, paved paths and new landscaping projects make the Watergardens more accessible than ever. Along with our turtles and goldfish, we now have turkeys, alpacas, and chickens for children to play with. Malcolm and Dael Wright wish to thank everyone for their ongoing support, and encourage them to check out the exciting new additions to the gardens.
Our café is now open with a delicious and fresh menu. Check it out here!
We sell waterlilies and lotus plants, along with pond fertilizers and other accessories. Our gift shop is full of locally-made goods and a range of stunning pottery and art.
The gardens are a great place for a family day out. Kids especially love our turtles, tadpoles and the eel pond! We have peacocks, turkeys, chickens, alpacas, and even toy poodles roaming around the gardens. All of them are friendly and loved by kids and adults alike. Please note: due to height and water hazards, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
We warmly invite you to bring your dog out to enjoy the gardens with you. We ask that you bring a leash and clean up after any mess that they might make.
The Watergardens café, gift shop and nursery are open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4:30pm.
If visiting Monday - Wednesday, please give us a quick call to make sure that we're open. Open on public holiday Mondays.
The gardens close on 1st June for the winter season.
The Watergarden and function room is available year-round for weddings and special occasions.