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Anam Cara Gardens

150 Rangiuru Road, Ōtaki.


From the moment you arrive, you know that you have come to a special place. A hidden gem, and a not-so-little garden. The mix of native and exotic trees greet you, feeling like you are in your private oasis. All senses are invoked, rich in birdsong and delicate scents while your eyes are met with picturesque beauty and your heart is captured by a sense of calm and tranquillity.

The Gardener

The garden was designed and created by Cynthia Coe in the mid-1980 from bare land after using the land to sell cut flowers of Erica variety. A writer/poet who had an amazing vision and creative flair. After two years of dreaming, planning, researching, and utilising her artistic dance skills the garden plan was designed as if you were in a theatre. She believed gardening was very much about relationships, shape, structure, colour and smell, bringing peaceful harmony.

Garden Size

Anam Cara's gardens are spread out over 10 acres of romantic and serene garden settings, with a modern botanically themed function centre and luxury stylish accommodation creating the perfect all-in-one venue.


Welcome to Anam Cara Gardens. Our private and exclusive all-in-one wedding venue offers a wonderful and unique experience like no other allowing you to celebrate your love in a place that will delight your guests from the moment they arrive, till the moment they leave offering a truly unforgettable experience, will be reminisced about for years.

This package is designed for those of you who want privacy and exclusivity. To make a long weekend out of your wedding, by staying onsite in our luxurious and modern accommodation, right next to the function centre. Your wedding day goes so quickly, this way you can make it a lovely and relaxed 3-day affair. This gives you more time for decoration set up, having a rehearsal dinner, a decent sleep and if you like a day after an event such as brunch or BBQ lunch.


Other Facilities

Anam Cara Gardens is a full-service function venue offering amazing event spaces, superb accommodation and first-class catering for weddings, parties and corporate functions of all shapes and sizes.

Hosts the annual Festival of Garden Art and Pottery over Wellington Anniversary weekend in January.


  • Accommodation
    There are three accommodation options at Anam Cara Gardens: the Villa, the Annexed Apartment and the Groom’s Quarters. We can sleep up to 19 guests on-site, and each of our modern and well-equipped spaces is continually being improved to offer the best possible experience to our guests, no matter the occasion.
  • Price
    Our entry fee is $20 self-guided with a map. A guided tour of 1.5 hours for groups is $200.
  • Parking
    Parking for 60 plus vehicles. Helicopter landing and bus turning area
  • Wheelchair Access
    Mobility/Wheelchair access.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Dogs welcome on a leash.
  • Food available?
    Morning/afternoon teas are available with 48 hours notice.
  • Picnics
    Covered picnic areas - picnics available with 48 hours' notice.
  • Children allowed?
    Children are welcome. We have Alpacas.
  • Toilets?
    We have toilet facilities.
  • Seating
    A covered outdoor gazebo that seats 70.
  • Function Center?
    Capacity 120 guests Tables and chairs Full sound system indoors and outside* PA system (internal) Wifi and communications facilities Huge modern commercial kitchen for caterers to use Bar with fridges for BYO Dance floor with a botanical backdrop and fairy curtain lighting Breakout rooms for kids, or meetings
  • Guided Tours
    Whatever the occasion, Tim and Teresa would love to help you make it perfect. We truly love Anam Cara Gardens and know you and your guests will too.


150 Rangiuru Road, Ōtaki.

Anam Cara is situated in Ōtaki Beach, 50 minutes north of Wellington and an hour south of Palmerston North.