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