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private garden

Aramatai Gardens

12 Mapara North Road, Te Kuiti.


Aramatai Gardens are situated within a beautiful valley surrounded by amazing hills, being undulated provides it with interesting contours of plantings that consist of various exotic & weeping trees, natives, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, perennials, Irises, lilies, plus two large natural ponds & rock formations and their associated plants & fauna.

It also features a vegetable garden, sunken garden, fruit & nut orchard, extensive lawns and walkways.

Our beautiful garden is peaceful, tranquil and restful with many rustic seats whereby they provide you with opportunities to relax and view our lovely surroundings.

This is an oasis just off the main highway where stresses can be forgotten in amongst nature at its best.

Our plants mainly consist of exotic & weeping trees, beautiful Rhododendrons, Camellias, Roses, Clematis, Lillies, Irises, Natives, and Perennials etc.  

The Gardener

Stu and Trisha Donaldson lived on this property for almost 32 years, the garden has been planted for nearly 20 years since 1992, it was designed & created from bare paddocks. Leo & Jill Mouat purchased the property in December 2012, we also have a working farm. 

Garden Size

2 hectares of garden, allow 2-3 hours for your visit.

Other Facilities

A 30-minute walk through our sheep and beef farm to a large picturesque hidden waterfall and native bush area.
A 10 min drive to the very spectacular 90 foot tall Doc. Waterfall.
A 15 min drive to Mapara Kokako bird reserve.
and a 45 min drive to Waitomo glow worm caves, black water rafting and abseiling adventures.


  • Accommodation
    We have a B&B studio unit with a queen-sized bed.
  • Price
    For each person, we charge $5.00 NZ Other charges can be established with your enquiries.
  • Parking
    Off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes the grounds are wheel chair friendly in the warmer months.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thank you as there is stock around.
  • Food available?
    Morning / afternoon teas and lunches available by arrangement.
  • Picnics
    Yes please free to bring your own picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but do supervise at all times as there are large ponds.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Our beautiful garden is peaceful, tranquil and restful with many rustic seats whereby they provide you opportunities to relax and view our lovely surroundings.
  • Plants/Sales
    Not at this stage.
  • Guided Tours
    Yes we are happy to show our visitors around the gardens.
  • Weddings

    Yes, we do weddings.


12 Mapara North Road, Te Kuiti.

We are 12 kms from SH 3 (or Eight Mile Junction) on the way to MT Ruapehu on State Highway 4. Our drive entrance is about 120 metres long.