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Art Park at Wharepuke Subtropical Garden

190 Kerikeri road, Kerikeri 0230, Bay of Islands.


Wharepuke means ‘house on the hill’. Wharepuke Subtropical Garden is located on the Stone Store Hill in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.

Wharepuke Subtropical Garden showcases Robin Booths lifetime collection of rare and unusual plants and began in 1993 on a site that was his parents old citrus orchard. Robins 50 years of experience as a nurseryman and landscape designer show.

A plantsman's garden here is an eclectic collection of trees and plants that grow well in the subtropical conditions. There are also group plantings of bromeliads, agaves, many different orchids growing on and under the trees and a huge variety of mature trees from many different parts of the world. A collection of edible subtropical fruiting trees is of considerable interest.

A new development started by my daughter Tania and her partner Mark Graver is a sculpture trail along the garden path of approximate 35 changing works from artists from around NZ. There is also an Art Gallery and a nontoxic printmaking studio and restaurant onsite

It is possible to stay in one of the cottages at Wharepuke which means entrance is free to the gardens and sculpture park at any time during your stay

We have at least 30 bird species coming to our subtropical gardens. 

Also check www.subtropicalgarden.co.nz

The Gardener

The Wharepuke property has been in the family since 1938 when Stan and Joyce Booth built their house on the hill and planted and grew citrus and kiwifruit organically.  The owner Robin Booth has a wealth of experience as a nurseryman and landscaper and he began developing the garden in 1993 in a valley running down to the historic Stone Store in Kerikeri. 

Garden Size

Our Bay of Islands garden covers 2 hectares.


Wharepukes subtropical is a perfect Wedding Venue. A sunken amphitheatre for your wedding ceremony provides great viewing for your friends and family. Lots of photo opportunities in the gardens. 1km to Kerikeri town and one minute to the Historic Stone Store Basin. 

Other Facilities

Our Art Park exhibits selected artworks from artists around NZ and International. It is set within and compliments the gardens through almost 1km of track. The contemporary artworks are crafted with wood, stone, ceramics, glass, metal, plastic, sound and print and change throughout the year.

A purpose-built Art Gallery exhibiting mostly International printmaking or works on paper but also some exceptional works in other media. A changing exhibition space of solo or group shows, museum shows, and international open submissions.

Our Kerikeri accommodation showcase fine art prints and paintings by resident artist Mark Graver who has his work in numerous collections both public and private around the world. 

Artist holidays are offered in our Kerikeri accommodation at Wharepuke. These artist residencies are suited to painters, printmakers, writers, academics and others (just ask!)


  • Accommodation
    At Wharepuke we have 5 stylish one bedroom self-catering cottages. Our family-run Kerikeri Motel is in a quiet location on the Stone Store Hill. The cottages are set in a lush award winning subtropical garden. NZ history and culture and river walks with waterfalls are just an easy walk from Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation Kerikeri.
  • Price
    An admission fee for gardens and sculpture trail of $10 for adults,$5 for children,$9 concession.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for cars. Please contact us for bus groups.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Only lower section of the garden is wheelchair accessible. Fine for pushchairs with some lifting for steps.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Yes, on a lead....with the owner.
  • Food available?
    Fantastic new restaurant onsite -closed Sunday and Monday You are most welcome to bring your own picnic to have in the garden on these days.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    The onsite restaurant MAHA at Wharepuke offers Asian Fusion style menu made with fresh local ingredients. The chef was awarded Wellingtons “Chef of the year -2000" and also "Most memorable meal" our Kerikeri restaurant is fully licensed. MAHA is open to our Kerikeri accommodation guests and the general public. It is best to book directly with them on 09 9456551 to avoid disappointment. The restaurant is open 10 am-10 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Picnics
    Yes, bring your own.
  • Children allowed?
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Some seating and picnic spots through the garden.
  • Plants/Sales
    Cuttings, seed or divisions are sometimes available for purchase.
  • Function Center?
    We have a separate small conference venue, meeting room, or interview room for hire at Wharepuke in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northland. For up to 10 people. Internet connected.
  • Guided Tours
    The garden with the sculpture trail is open all year for self-guide but interactive guided tours are by appointment only.


190 Kerikeri road, Kerikeri 0230, Bay of Islands.

Kerikeri airport also known as the Bay of Islands airport (BOI) is a 10 minutes drive to Wharepuke. Kerikeri is just a 30min flight from Auckland. Directions from SH10: Follow Kerikeri road through town where you will get pushed around a one-way system and back out onto Kerikeri road. Go straight over 2 roundabouts. DO NOT follow Stone Store Parking signs (Heritage Bypass). Look for the 50km sign on the left and then there will be a large Wharepuke sign. We are just 1km from central Kerikeri