On-site/ Off-road parking available (buses call first)
Toilets available on site
Tea/coffee available for purchase
Refreshments available for purchase
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)
Tours available
Accommodation available
Plants/produce stalls
Motorhomes welcome overnight

Hosts: Karen & Bruce Forrester

1731 Ram Paddock Road, Waipara Gorge
Phone: (03) 3144 584

Park-like and enchanting

The Karetu Downs homestead (circa 1900s) overlooks a large sweeping lawn, encapsulated by majestic trees and under plantings of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, and roses. Large evergreen and deciduous trees such as golden elm, dogwoods, magnolia, and silver birch give the garden structure. Lavender edges create a sea of purple and sit proudly above the rock wall which separates the upper terrace from the main lawn.

Interconnecting paths weave alongside a creek, taking you through to the native woodland section of the garden which is home to kereru, bellbird, and other bird life. Continue onwards through the rhododendron garden where strategically placed stepping stones entice you to cross the creek to the newly established orchard with peach, nectarine, quince, and walnut trees. The wisteria and clematis adorned pergola send slivers of light, dancing through onto a weeping silver pear tree. Karetu is a gardener’s delight where peace and tranquillity reign.

Karetu Downs is also a large hill country property and offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation.


Michael Wells Sculptures

Stunning designs made from Corten and Mild Steel. Available to order.


Karetu Farmyard Gift Shop

Gardening products and giftware. From garden gloves to art prints and beautiful homewares.


Fossils and Concretions Tour

Discover the history and uniqueness of the Waipara River on a guided tour with geologist Dr Kate Pedley.

For bookings and more info refer to www.facebook.com/Karetudowns or contact karen@karetudowns.co.nz

When:12:30pm, Sat 29th and Sun 30th Oct.