Eden Garden


The Garden

Eden Garden is the brainchild of Jack Clark who, with fifteen fellow enthusiasts, began work converting the wilderness and rubbish in the old quarry into a garden.

The quarry itself is interesting as it is an old volcanic cone that was a source of building materials for colonists in the 19th century.

It has been described as Auckland's best-kept garden secret. Eden Garden boasts the largest and most varied collection of camellias in New Zealand; a large number of vireya rhododendrons, rhododendrons and azaleas, a host of bromeliads, some magnificent hibiscus and a wide collection of New Zealand native plants, making this an important and interesting garden for the plants alone. View Map

The Gardener

We are a 5.5 acre garden maintained until recently by one full-time gardener and a dedicated group of volunteers. We've recently hired another full-time gardener/maintenance person but will continue to rely on the efforts of volunteers.


Garden Details

24 Omana Avenue, Epsom. Only a few minutes drive from the bustling streets of downtown Auckland. The garden is not signposted until you are within a block of the garden itself.
+64 (9) 638-8395
+64 (9) 638-7685
Contact Person
Kate McMahon
We are open from 9 am to 4:30 pm during the Summer (1st September through 30th April) and 9 am to 4 pm during the Winter (1st May through 31st August). The Garden is closed on Christmas Day.
Garden Size
Five acres, Take half an hour or half a day to visit Eden Garden.
Adults $8, Seniors & Students $6, Children under 12 – Free.
Brochure Available?
Yes along with a full map of the gardens.
There is free on-street parking right outside our front gate, plus street-side parking on adjacent streets. Please be sure not to block or impede access to our neighbours' driveways.
Food Available
Yes at Eden Garden Cafe Ph. 09 638 8385
The heart of the Garden is the compact plaza with its umbrella-shaded tables and chairs surrounding the cafe and main meeting room.
Yes please feel free to bring your own picnic, however the cafe seating is available only for those eating at the cafe.
Wheelchair Access
The lower garden is easily accessible.
Dogs Allowed
Yes - on lead only.
Children Allowed
Yes, but no skate boards/bikes etc.
Plants/Other Sales
Please visit us and explore our wonderful range of gifts for all ages: * Beautiful cake stands * Lovely cups and saucers and mugs * Irish linen teatowels * Embroidered handkerchiefs * Candle and candle holders * Coasters * Lovely cards * Fiskars tools * Niwashi tools * Plants.
Guided Tours
Yes we do guided tours of the garden outlining the history, for more than 3 visitors only. We have a flat charge of $100, 3 people or 100 people.
Function Center Available?
Other Facilities
Explorer Bus
Auckland's famous Explorer Bus stops at Eden Garden on its tours of Auckland City. For enquiries, call free phone 0800-4-EXPLORER

Eden Garden Cafe
Open every day from 9:30 to half an hour before closing. Featuring everything from an informal cappuccino and a snack to delicious lunches and Devonshire teas, our café offers visitors a wide range of choices.

Garden Patio
The sunny garden patio, sheltered from the wind, makes alfresco dining in the garden a delight, even in winter. For those rainy brisk winter days, there is new heating in the Garden Room to keep you warm.