Te Puna Quarry Park

Photos

The Garden

Te Puna Quarry Park is being developed by a dedicated band of volunteers from a disused quarry into a world class park. This old scar on the hillside has already become a place of special beauty.

From the upper levels there is a spectacular panoramic view out over the Bay of Plenty. There are ponds, tree ferns, cymbidium orchids by the thousand, native tree plantings and exotics such as vireya rhododendrons - a wild garden of infinite variety. Special garden areas being developed include irises, cacti and succulents, an Australian area, a native Arboretum, a Bonsai corner, a South African area and a Palm Grove.

Featured throughout the Park, are stone sculptures by local artists. The quarry is now becoming popular as an exhibition area for outdoor art and also for weddings. The walking tracks are easy for the moderately fit. This is a place to enjoy, a place of nature and tranquility, of stunning views and great art. View Map

The Gardener

A dedicated band of helpers attend work sessions every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. They undertake the work of clearing, planting and weed control while enjoying the togetherness of a team project. The morning tea break is time for a rest and a chat and often a few laughs.

Map

Garden Details

Address
The park is situated at the end of Quarry Road (length 1 km, which runs off State Highway 2, 18km north of Tauranga.
Email
d.artus@quarrypark.org.nz
Phone
(064) (07) 5442014
Fax
No
Contact Person
Dulcie Artus
Website:
Hours
The park is open every day during daylight hours. If the main gates are closed, the park is still open to pedestrians and cars can be parked outside the gates.
Garden Size
The circular track takes about 45 minutes to walk, but if you like exploring you could spend twice as long and still not see it all. We recommend stout footwear be worn.
Price
Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Brochure Available?
Yes one for main park and one for sculpture displays.
Parking
Off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Toilets
Yes
Food Available
No
Seating
Yes
Picnics
Yes
Wheelchair Access
Only the lower grass lawns are wheelchair accessable at the present time.
Dogs Allowed
On a leash only
Children Allowed
Yes
Accommodation
No
Weddings
You are able to hold ceremonies and have your photos here, but please make a booking and a donation.
Plants/Other Sales
No
Guided Tours
In the future.
Function Center Available?
No
Other Facilities
Te Puna Quarry Park holds several events through the year, such as the Quarry Fest featuring craft stalls, food stalls, and entertainment in the amphitheatre.

Carols in the Amphitheatre are held in December, and the Quarry Park takes part in the bi-annual Tauranga Garden and Art Fest.

Keep checking the website for details.