Toilets available on site
Wheelchair accessible garden (1.2m wide paths)
Tea/coffee included in admission fee
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)
Children’s play area
Garden tours available
Garden opens at other times
Plants/produce stalls
NZMCA members welcome overnight

Your hosts: Ruth & John Appleby

285 Lake Sumner Road, Hawarden

Garden grew for a wedding

Newstead’s one-hectare garden grew because the lawn wasn’t big enough for a wedding marquee. So out came the fences, the driveway was shifted and a paddock was transformed into a series of connecting garden rooms. You’ll see a woodland garden of oak trees underplanted with pink and white flowering rhododendrons, azaleas and hostas. In the Pergola garden you’ll find the apricot ‘Crepuscule’ rose and white and blue clematis flowering overhead, while nandinas, hydrangeas and roses put on a show in the garden below. Over a dozen flowering cherry trees splash colourful blossom around the garden.

Enthusiasts of growing their own vegetables will be delighted by the extremely productive vegetable garden, feeding the family and friends with carrots, parsnips, beans, corn, leaks, onions, silver beet, tomatoes, lettuces and over 50 pumpkins last season. One pumpkin weighing 91.5kgs was the prize-winning pumpkin at the 2019 Hawarden Show. You’ll be torn between enjoying the decorative charm of the garden and envying the productive and prize-winning capacity of Newstead.


Matthew Newton Joinery

Matthew Newton Joinery will have some of his Garden Creations on display and for sale, including a range of rustic bird nesting houses and tables made from recycled timber.


Cost:Free with admission to garden