Woodside Estate

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The Garden

Woodside Estate is situated only 12 km's from Hamilton Central and 16 km's north of Cambridge (We are 6 minutes from Hamilton Garden and 5 minutes from Waikato University)you will find  Waikato's hidden gem "Woodside Estate"

In 1884 Cambridge was linked to Hamilton by railway. A siding was built down to the springs on the Matangi property so trains could fill up with water from a totara well. This excellent quality spring water has been a source for champions ever since. Famous winning racehorses:Senor. Bardall, Piko and Melbourne Cup winner Van der Hum drank and exercised in it. A famous athlete who went on to break a world record enjoued the benefits of it.

Walking along one side of the lake you pass over 200 metres of Hydrangea's that are truly spectacular when in full bloom.

At the first waterfall you get an idea of just how much water comes from the various springs around the property.

Following the path through the many tree ferns and other natives you come to the next waterfall. This one is home to the large collection of bromeliads, many variegated Neoregelias, lovely patterned Vriseas and  large Tillandsia Usneoides hanging from the trees.

Next to these you find a small private beach and old rustic boat shed. The rose Dublin Bay when in flower is simply stunning against the rusting corrugated iron on the shed.

Carrying on along another path you come to a large grass embankment overlooking the cafe and restaurant.

All the way around you will pass old buildings, the circa 1900 Raglan Tennis Pavilion, the ponga house (a favourite for wedding photographers) cross over bridges and walk through a tunnel.

We encourage you to make a day of it and also book to visit "Sutton's Garden" only 2 minutes from here and get to see two very different styles of gardens.

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The Gardener

Les Cox and Karina Wu are the current owners of Woodside Estate and look after the gardens along with whoever they can get to "volunteer" to help with the big jobs.

Altough they have come from finance and accounting backgrounds Les has always been a keen landscaper making several ponds and water features for friends and they are always looking to expand the gardens here. 

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Garden Details

Address
130-132 Woodside Road, Matangi, Hamilton, Waikato.
Only 15 minutes from central Hamilton, 6 minutes from Hamilton Garden and 5 minutes from Waikato University
Email
info@woodsideestate.co.nz
Phone
Ph: (07) 829 5826
Contact Person
Les or Karina
Website:
Hours
The garden is open by appointment only and charges are in addition to the cafe costs.
Garden Size
The gardens cover over half the Estates 15 acres surrounding a natural spring fed lake. So allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price
$12 per person.
Parking
Plenty of onsite parking for buses and cars
Toilets
Yes. along with disabled facilities.
Food Available
We do have a truly unique setting here and are able to offer refreshments from tea, coffee, light snacks to full meals.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
The licensed café and restaurant boasts the prime spot on the estate, right next to the lakes edge. The outdoor verandas provide a spectacular view across the picturesque lake and the surrounding gardens, making it the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon with friends & family or maybe enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch. During the week the cafe is a popular destination for locals and visitors. It opens until 4.00 pm from Wednesday to Sunday for brunch and lunch .Also every month the third Thursday evenings for dinner. We can handle small to medium sized events.
Seating
There is seating around the grounds for you to sit and relax and take in the views.
Wheelchair Access
The grounds are wheelchair friendly.
Children Allowed
Only under supervision as there is water.
Weddings
Woodside Estate is the most versatile and unique wedding venue in the Waikato. Combine all this with our expert staff including the in house Wedding Coordinator and we will help you create the wedding you have always dreamed of. We can do as much or as little as you want us to.
Function Center Available?
Woodside Estate caters for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate functions, and other special occasions
Other Facilities
Peter McKenzie has been brewing a range of craft beers on the estate since 2007. His Shunters Yard Brewery brews no less than 17 different beers with at least two on tap in the restaurant at any one time. The brewery is situated in a converted shed behind the cafe where Pete, a mechanical engineer by trade has adapted much of the brewing equipment from left over dairy and food industry items.