Rockwood Station is a 1400 acre working farm set in the Canterbury foothills, near Windwhistle.
The historical homestead, with a beautiful woodland garden, is bordered by a 100 acres of native bush.
The garden was originally developed to an English garden design, in the 1850/60's, by the present owners great-greatgrandfather, Henry Phillips. It consists of old English trees, sequoias and rhododendrons and an orchard. The river, which borders the garden, was redirected to create a series of ponds to breed fish and create lily ponds. When Henry died he was buried in the garden along with 3 other members of his family.
Over the years the ponds have been drained and the garden left to overgrow.
The present owner Ben Richards and his wife have embarked on a redevelopment plan removing sycamores, weeds and tidying up the graves with a new picket fence and laying paths. Replanting of rhododendrons, maples, fruit trees, some rare trees and other plants have also been carried out. The Homestead has been recently re decorated in a classical style. There is also an 1850's slab/cob house sealed with Totara taken from the bush. A summer house is also under construction.
All this on going development has revealed the old hand built pond walls, now walkways, and trees that have been planted in rows, to Henrys garden design. It has also created a very peaceful and beautiful woodland garden bordered by the Native bush which now has a bushwalk. Native wood pigeons, bellbirds, fantails and other birdlife provide a very tuneful background sound.
Rockwood is a perfect, peaceful place to come and explore,walk or bring a picnic and relax in the gardens.
We also have a Shearers Hut for rent.View Map
Shearers accommodation also available by arrangement.
Group bookings please enquire.
Bush Walk - takes about an hour of medium fitness level and is situated in 100 acres of private native bush. On the walk there are many native ferns, tree ferns, black beech, matai and white pine with wonderful birdlife and Rockwood stream alongside.The Bush Walk is next to the famous Washpen Falls Walkway on the neighbouring farm.
Morning tea - can be arranged for visiting groups. Please enquire.
Accommodation - Shearers Hut. Please enquire.
Cheryl & Ben Richards
Cherylrich@farmside.co.nz tel 033186809