Waikite Valley

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Stunning lake views and tranquil gardens make this an ideal retreat for the Benedictine nuns who live here. The steep climb to the cross at the top of the hill has seats along the way and a grotto set into the hillside. A formal rose garden has been designed for spiritual contemplation.
(W2)    Stunning lake views and tranquil gardens make this an ideal retreat for the Benedictine nuns who live here. The steep climb to the cross at the top of the hill has seats along the way and a grotto set into the hillside. A formal rose garden has been designed for spiritual contemplation. (Mixed gradient / Bus / Partial wheelchair / Toilets / Refreshments)
This special 4 acre garden shows what can be achieved when you retire from farming, but keep the tractor. The many pathways lead to different feature areas each with their own unique planting, quirky garden ornaments and 18 seats to stop for a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views of Waikite Valley.
(W1)    A special 4 acre garden which shows what can be achieved when you retire from farming, but keep the tractor. The many pathways lead to different feature areas each with their own unique planting, quirky garden ornaments and seats.  There are 18 seats where you can stop for a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views. (Mixed gradient / Bus / Wheelchair / Toilet / Picnic)
Allow plenty of time to explore this private arboretum developed with passion over 30 acres beside Lake Ohakuri. The variety of trees is extensive and include natives, conifers, deciduous trees and rhododendrons and native wetlands. The owners love to share their vision and collect ideas from visitors.
(W4)    Allow plenty of time to explore this private arboretum developed with passion over 30 acres beside Lake Ohakuri. The variety of trees is extensive and include natives, conifers, deciduous trees, rhododendrons and native wetlands. The owners love to share their vision and collect ideas from visitors. (Mixed gradient / Bus / Toilet  / Picnic / Refreshments)
The garden surrounds the house which sits on the top of a hill with spectacular valley views.  The perennial borders are predominantly blue and yellow which reflect the colours of the house.
(W3)    The garden surrounds the house which sits on the top of a hill with spectacular valley views. The perennial borders are predominantly blue and yellow which reflect the colours of the house. (Level gradient / Bus / Wheelchair)