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Gardens and nurseries

Our climate and soil ensure Kāpiti has some of the most beautiful gardens in the Wellington region, as well as specialist nurseries.

Roses

  • If you like roses, head to Ōtaki. Trinity Farm Garden specialises in heritage, spray free roses and has a beautiful three acre garden with rose arbours, English-style box hedges, walkways, pond and a pottage garden.
    • The garden is open from October to March, Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Because all the roses are spray-free, the petals are perfect for using in cooking and teas. Rose petal dark chocolate is divine.
  • South Pacific Roses, also in Ōtaki, sells over 390 varieties of roses so if you are after a particular colour and style, they're likely to have it. They are closed on Sundays.

Gardens to visit

  • Just outside Ōtaki, Loco Miniature Railway has two acres of beautiful gardens where you can also get a woodfired pizza on Sundays to enjoy in the gardens.
  • To see a coastal vegetable garden, check out Long Beach Tavern in Waikanae Beach that uses fresh produce straight from their garden.
  • The gardens at Springfield, Ruth Pretty’s home and cookery school, are worth a visit.

Specialist growers

lavender farm
  • Lavender Creek Farm is home to 7000 lavender plants with 330 different types of lavender. The lavender oil which they make themselves has won 30 awards. The lavender is in full flower in mid-summer.
  • Hyde Park Garden Centre in Te Horo has some hard to find plant varieties and also has a café and small retail complex. Corner of State Highway 1 and Te Horo Beach Road.
  • Canna fans will be spoilt for choice at a little specialist nursery just outside Waikanae heading north on State Highway 1. Look out for a sign saying 'Cannas'. If the sign is out, they are open.

Nurseries

  • Watson’s Garden in Ōtaki have been growing vegetables commercially for over 45 years and have a wide variety of them for sale, as well as trees, shrubs and grasses.
  • Talisman Native Plant Nursery, also in Ōtaki, is one of the only nurseries in the lower North Island that specialises in New Zealand native plants. The nursery has an established arboretum with over 1000 New Zealand native trees and shrubs and exhibit gardens that are open to the public Tuesday – Thursday 1-4pm and Friday – Saturday 10am-4pm.
  • Harrisons Gardenworld in Peka Peka grow most of the trees and shrubs they sell in their own nursery. The garden centre sells everything you might need for your garden including garden décor and water features. They also have a popular café on site and music in their café garden on Sundays in the summer months.
  • Gus Evans Nurseries in Waikanae offers a huge range of ornamental, native and perennial plant varieties which they grow from cuttings or seed.
  • If you love trees, the Woodland Garden in Old Hautere Road, Ōtaki is a great place to visit. Open by appointment, you can enjoy wandering in the four acres of woodland with totara and maples. Telephone 06 364 2414.
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