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Whangarei Quarry Gardens

37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-437 7210
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Nice easy walk

Free of charge, just a few minutes ride to the hill with a nice cafe within walling distance from... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Athens, Greece
via mobile
Such imagination and vision

First, a warning, our sat nav took us to entirely the wrong place because we put the name of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
37a Russell Road | Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-437 7210
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Free of charge, just a few minutes ride to the hill with a nice cafe within walling distance from the parking area. I think gates close (for the car) around 5.

Thank Johnmir13
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, a warning, our sat nav took us to entirely the wrong place because we put the name of the attraction and not Russell Road. As for the rest, this is a heavenly spot created by the vision and imagination of committed local people from...More

Thank KevinTunn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely lunch, after a stroll up to the lake/pond. Beautiful plants easy walk, was a lovely day.

Thank elleayr2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have no idea why this beautiful place is not swarming with tourists - not that I'm complaining. During our visit there was only one other couple plus a few volunteers in the entire place. Lake, waterfalls, well tended gardens. And to think that there...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is so beautiful. You can visit for just a few coins donation, well worth the low price. There is a nice walking path through the center of the quarry or you can choose to venture up the dirt tracks around the edges. So...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! What a find this was, absolutely beautiful, drove past a couple of times as we were staying at the Bella Vista Motel but decided to fill in the morning on the last day of 2017 & was so surprised, worth finding out for yourself.

Thank xnetballa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot to visit for a stroll around the paths through the gardens planted & maintained by volunteers. Entry by donation/koha is appreciated to keep this hidden gem alive.

Thank MeMeMe50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the gardens on 26th December 2017. The gardens were nice however the lady sitting at the desk felt she needed to spell out to us what a donation was as if implying we didn’t know or that we werent going to give one....More

Thank DeShannon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having not been in these gardens for some years, & remembering it as a quarry I was delighted to take time out to walk around the very well prepared paths. The lake & waterfalls are a great feature. It really is a must see for...More

Thank Leone B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Consider yourself as missing out if you fail to visit this beautiful hideaway garden with lake & waterfall feature, whether a visitor passing through or a local living nearby. Its the perfect location for picturesque wedding or casual family photography. Trust me - you won't...More

Thank Cantabperson
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6 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 :)