On-site/ Off-road parking available (no buses)
Toilets available on site
Tea/coffee included in admission fee
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)

Hosts: Vicky & Peter Black

412 Karaka Road, Waikari

Vistas at every turn

It has been 34 years since the original house was moved onto an exposed ridge. Underlying rotten rock has made planting difficult, but with shelter and clever planning, a garden eventually took shape. Considerable earthworks were undertaken to establish lawns on three levels.

Pencil Cyprus conifers frame beautiful views over farmland with Mounts Tekoa and Lyford in the distance. Mass plantings of agapanthus help keep banks stable and enhance rock walls. Teucrium and buxus hedging have been used to create separate areas.

A new native corner has recently been developed on the south-west corner giving views out to Mount Mason and the Waikari Valley. White Iceberg roses occupy the gardens nearest the house, while an array of trees including poplars, oaks, beech, elms and flowering cherries compliment the further corners of the garden.