Gong At WQGT
Quarry Shots June 2020 Lr 51
Russell Fransham Sculpture Lr
WQGT Golf Cart Kerry Marinkovich
Kerru Rua
Shane Hansen Rae Ki Te Rae
Glass Hammer, Dark Green Kim Logue
Hand Holding Young Kiwi Susan Dinkelacker
Black Shag Tania Patterson


Sculpture Northland 2024

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


This year we are doing Music in the Gardens, "Either/Or"playing live on Sunday, Feb 25th, from 4-7 pm tickets are $20 per person.

And secondly, we're doing Garden Discovery on November 16th and 17th, a tour of 10 beautiful and inspiring private gardens in the Whangarei area.

 Tickets to Garden Discovery are $35 each and will be available to purchase from Whangarei Quarry Gardens closer to the time.
Tickets for music events are also available here at the reception desk.
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.


Whangarei Quarry Gardens is the perfect place to share vows with your loved ones. Specialising in ceremony events from small to large groups. Enquire at events@whangareigardens.org.nz

Other Facilities

Quail Cafe is nestled into the Gardens, overlooking the Waiarohia Stream. Arguably the best cafe in town, and only situated directly off State Highway 1 - making it the convenient choice for travellers. Stop in for a coffee and a stroll through these stunning Gardens. Excellent bathroom facilities and free parking. If you're looking for more of a challenging walk, start at the Gardens and hike to the Quarry Arts centre through the native bush - the tracks are excellent and easy to navigate.


  • Price
    ​$10 Entry, children 5-12 $5. Parking Shuttles will be available on the weekends, see the website for details.
  • Parking
    Yes, parking shuttles are available for overflow on the weekends from Kensington Park.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes, we have wide gravel paths throughout. Disabled parking is next to the Visitor Centre.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs, smoking or alcohol. This is a kiwi friendly site.
  • Food available?
    Yes - Quail Cafe
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    Quail Cafe is open daily from 9-4 for the duration of the exhibition. Enjoy award-winning coffee and delectable treats while relaxing in this lovely cafe overlooking the Waiarohia Stream.
  • Picnics
    Yes, you are welcome to bring your own picnic. 7 tables are available throughout the Gardens - lakeside, under the Jacaranda, the Dell, and our main Picnic area.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes please watch children closely, if they break a sculpture, you have bought it.
  • Toilets?
    In the Visitor's Centre and extra portaloos in the Gardens.
  • Seating
    There are 7 picnic tables, and 12 park benches throughout the gardens to rest and enjoy various garden views.
  • Plants/Sales
    Plant sales are always available at the Visitor Centre gift shop.
  • Guided Tours
    Golf cart tours available for up to 5 people $50 for up to 3 people, $65 for 4 people, $75 for 5 people. Our Can-Am is also available for tours.


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

less than 1 minute off State Highway 1