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A tour around some lovely gardens in sub-tropical Auckland and the Corom...


By dwyllis


Nothing much doing in my own garden at the moment, as we have now slipped slowly into autumn on this side of the world. So I thought some of you might enjoy a visual tour around a few of the lovely private gardens in Auckland & above Auckland in the spectacular Coromandel & Northland district, both of which are sub-tropical areas of New Zealand …. which means they can grow things way up there, that cannot be grown elsewhere in NZ, which has a more temperate climate.

Camphill Garden in Auckland.

Another lovely area in Camphill Garden, Auckland.

This area in Camphill Garden has a wonderful lush tropical look to it.

More lush planting in Camphill Garden in Auckland.

Photo below was taken in a young working garden in Auckland, attached to a privately-owned nursery, simply called Joy’s Plants.

Lovely planting in Joy’s Plants private garden.

Another area in Joy’s Plants private garden.

Travelling further up the North Island, way beyond Auckland, this garden is at Butler Point in Northland.

A magnificent & very old, huge native NZ Pohutukawa tree growing in the garden at Butler Point in Northland.

Unknown plant growing in Wharepuke garden in Kerikeri, travelling further up the North Island, way beyond Auckland. This is a garden devoted almost entirely to sub-tropical plants.

Wharepuke garden in Kerikeri.

Wharepuke sub-tropical garden was begun in 1993. It is situated in a lush valley in Kerikeri.

Lovely Iris planted in Joy’s Plants private garden in Auckland.

Beautiful natural cascade of water in the Rapaura Watergardens way up the North Island in the Coromandel district.

Another part of the Rapaura Watergardens in Coromandel.

A tranquil spot in the Rapaura Watergardens, which covers 64 acres of natural NZ bushland in the Coromandel.

Sub-tropical garden of Wharepuke in Kerikeri, Northland.

Beautiful private Upton Oaks Garden in Eden, Auckland.

Display of mass planting of tulips & daffodils in spring at Upton Oaks in Eden, Auckland.

Another area in Upton Oaks private garden in Auckland.

Upton Oaks garden was planted in an old abandoned quarry in Eden, Auckland.

Quaint old shed in my nephew’s garden on Waiheke Island, which is a small island off Auckland, with a small population of mainly artisans of various kinds. One has to travel via ferry to reach mainland Auckland.

The lovely Waitati private garden in the Coromandel Peninsula, way up high in the North Island.

Waitati Garden.

The remaining photos below were all taken in various areas of Waitati Garden in the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Lucky you! What a paradise you are living in. For me, living in the continental Europe, to see tulips in autumn is very unusual :)

29 Apr, 2012


Wow, fabulous. Loved all your pictures, thank you so much for showing those, I shall save them to favs and take another look later.

29 Apr, 2012


That photo with butterflies is georgious. IsnĀ“t it fake? :)

29 Apr, 2012


Thanks for the tour Dwyllis, I really enjoyed it.

29 Apr, 2012


Katarina ... Re the photo with all the monarch butterflies, it would have been taken at an outdoor wedding, when as a special feature, the wedding party release these lovely butterflies from special boxes, & the air is full of them. They have to be released by a certain time in the afternoon, so that they have enough hours of sunlight left for them to do what butterflies do in their short little lives, & they have to be released in a garden area, not inside a building.

29 Apr, 2012


That is nice! I like it! Why I never had wedding in New Zealand?

30 Apr, 2012


I was going to have them at my wedding in 2004, but it was a very hot month & I was worried the butterflies might all die in the heat inside the boxes! So we all released red heart-shaped helium balloons instead ..... all the guests had a heart balloon to release to, so the sky was suddenly full of red hearts floating off over the hills. I still would have preferred the butterflies though!

30 Apr, 2012


I nearly missed this one Dwyllis,so glad I didn`t, its been a fabulous tour, you have a beautiful country and I appreciate you sharing the gardens with us, I don`t think I could choose a favourite so have kept them all and added your blog to my favs, thankyou your photo`s are gorgeous....

6 May, 2012

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