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: Anne and Euan Douglas

I do want to be beside the seaside

Here we are, retired sheep and beef farmers creating
a garden on the steep hills above Gore Bay. We moved here in 2017 into a new house situated within a grassy paddock – a blank canvas.

The house and garden are designed to take advantage of the stunning panoramic views stretching from Kaikoura in the north to Banks Peninsula in the south. A frost-
free, temperate climate enabled the planting of coastal plants such as puka, pohutukawa, lancewood, protea and Leucadendron. Lavender dentata and daisies flower year- round and the tussocks, grasses and flaxes cope well with the extremes of dry to wet.

The site challenges include the clay soil, the steep gradient, the severe Nor’west winds and the easterly sea mist which brings salt and while mystical, can linger for 2-3 days!

Dotted around and beginning to look at home among the emerging plants are sculptures, both homemade and by local artists. The latest addition is ‘Entwined’ by Michael Wells.

Always a welcome distraction is the Pacific Ocean with its constant sound and changing moods, so the weeds can wait! The house has a deck with seats and steps for visitors to sit, reflect and enjoy.


Garden Sculpture

Garden Sculpture on display and for sale.

10-minute walking track

10-minute walking track for hilltop views to Hurunui River and Lowry Hills range.