Julie Cromwell Virtues Of Form
Lucie Redfern Emergence Series 4
Peter Brammer Gravity
Oodee Eilat 4
Rob Carter Sound Sculpture 7


Sculpture Northland 2020

Whangarei Quarry Gardens 37A Russell Rd, Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand


Whangarei Garden Discovery


 Art in Gardens Tour 


November 21 & 22


........ you won't want to miss this! ;)

The Whangarei Garden Discovery team have searched all over and found 16 outstanding gardens for our friends to enjoy on this wonderful weekend tour. 


Many of the gardens are completely new to the Discovery tour, making it a very exciting green-thumbed foray into our local backyards. A key aspect of this year's event is that has faced such a difficult year, we need to find ways to celebrate our time spent at home during a lockdown. For many, this has been a hugely difficult year, and the emphasis here is on creating your own backyard sanctuary – a place that nourishes us when times are tough. A place to be safe and happy when we need to hunker down. You don’t need a big backyard; just a bit of time, sweat and a whole lot of imagination.


All of the proceeds of the tour go towards the Whangarei Quarry Gardens flood relief fund. On July 17th a 500-year storm tore through Whangarei Quarry Gardens, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Four of the gardens on this years’ tour belong to fellow volunteers of the Whangarei Quarry Gardens – Trustees Dan Johnston and Liz Williams, and Gardening Crew volunteers Marion Buckler and Iris Symonds are opening their superb gardens to the public in support of raising funds for their beloved Quarry Gardens. They have all been part of the team at the Gardens for many years – and their support towards the project is nothing short of astounding – especially in the last 6 months when every volunteer involved has worked astonishingly hard to restore the Gardens. It is a great treat to be able to enjoy their private backyard sanctuaries. Iris and Colin Symonds have a delightful Orchid and Tillandsia collection showcased in a smaller urban property; while Dan and Mary Johnston’s large country garden has more of a Tuscan feel with olive trees, a vineyard and sculptures from France that adorn the pristine gardens.


Fundraising for a great cause - So get out and enjoy these amazing gardens - the gardeners have been working so hard to make them extra special for the weekend, and support our community project - Arohanui!


Tickets on sale at Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei &

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

$30 per ticket - $25 for Quarry Garden Members -

Members need to get their tickets from Whangarei Quarry Gardens to receive their discount :)


A huge THANK YOU to all of the Gardeners and Artists participating in this fabulous community event - inspiring Northlanders and providing our community with a great weekend to look forward to :)

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to grab yourself a unique artwork to enhance your own backyard sanctuary. Affordable artworks and plants that will make your garden sing! Perfect timing for Christmas presents - give the gift of ART - and support our local artists :) 


Held at Whangarei Quarry Gardens and open to the general public - no Garden Discovery ticket needed.


The next Sculpture Northland is in November 2021.  Sub-tropical oasis, Whangarei Quarry Gardens, is all set to be transformed into Northland's favourite contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture Northland. With 50 local artists contributing to this years event, art lovers will not want to miss this stunning biennial event.

Spanning 10 days, Sculpture Northland is a celebration of the Arts in Northland. Showcasing the fabulously talented artists that live and work here. Proceeds from the Event support both the artists and our wonderful community garden project, Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Quail Cafe will be open every day of the event - so why not stop to indulge in their delicious range and excellent coffee?

Golf cart tours are available throughout the 10 days. Bookings are essential. email events@whangareigardens.org.nz

Get ready for an outstanding exhibition at this year's Sculpture Northland. November 8 - 17!

​$10 Entry, children under 12 free. Shuttles will be available on the weekends.
$5 for Members of Whangarei Quarry Gardens. (Individual and Family only - does not apply to Garden Groups and Corporate groups)

The Gardener

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a community garden project created by volunteers in the forested western hills of Whangarei City. With the ongoing support of Whangarei District Council, Community Employment Groups and many loyal sponsors and friends, the once dilapidated quarry site has become a subtropical oasis for all to enjoy.


  • Price
    $10 per person.
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes, we have wide gravel paths throughout.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs, smoking or alcohol. This is a kiwi friendly site.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    Quail Cafe open Wednesday - Sunday 9 am-3 pm. Enjoy award-winning coffee and delectable treats while relaxing in this lovely cafe over-looking the Waiarohia Stream.
  • Picnics
    Yes, you are welcome to bring your own picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes please watch children closely, if they break a sculpture, you have bought it.
  • Toilets?
    In the Visitor's Centre.
  • Seating
  • Guided Tours
    Golf cart tours available for up to 5 people $30 for up to 3 people, $40 for 4 people, $50 for 5 people.


Whangarei Quarry Gardens 37A Russell Rd, Kensington, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand