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


Dates for 2024 to come. 

Sculpture Northland returns to Whangarei Quarry Gardens 20 - 29 May 2022.  Northland's largest contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture Northland celebrates the thriving arts community that resides in the winterless north. With 100 local artists contributing to this year's event, art lovers will not want to miss this stunning biennial event.

Join us for a spectacular journey of discovery through a stunning sub-tropical oasis as we celebrate some of the best sculptural artworks Northland has to offer. 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 of delicious food and excellent coffee?

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

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