Broadoak owners Claire and Shaun purchased the near bare farm block of land in 1999. After first clearing the gorse boundary hedges and poplar trees, they set out to create 5 acres of intensive horticulture as a form of self-sufficiency as well as a garden oasis with a mixture of formal and cottage gardens.
Broadoak is a functioning family lifestyle block complete with an orchard, potting shed and large
potager vegetable garden that produces food for the owners family the whole year through - not
forgetting the 300 hazelnut trees, beehive, and resident chickens!
Visitors entering Broadoak from the roadside are guided through expansive rose arches and topiary border hedging through to the large home garden area. Leading off here and from a small car park at the centre of Broadoak is a 2-acre formal wedding garden. Developed from a commercial peony paddock in 2014, the entire area is enclosed by a 3-metre-high wall of hedging between twenty brick pillars adorned by gargoyles giving the feel of a walled garden.
Set out in three garden rooms, the first contains formal beds created in the traditional English style with a variety of shrubs and perennials, bordered by low hedging, topiary and pathways that lead to central water fountains. Walkthrough a gatehouse to the second room featuring knot gardens with a sunken native plant area at one end and a super-size chess board and pieces at the other. You will notice the two beautiful peacock artworks by a local artist.
The garden is 1-acres. At the centre of Broadoak is a 2-acre formal wedding garden.
Described as the Narnia door by visitors, this ornate 100-year-old teak door leads to the third
garden room which opens out onto the wedding lawn complete with a small open front chapel.
Here in this private expanse, open-air weddings take place during the summer season.
During the summer months, Broadoak is a busy place hosting private events in its very own
genuine English Pub, The Bike n Bovine. The 1-acre garden that bounds the Pub and its lawns
feature a lily pond and formal hedges behind which is a large display of hydrangeas.
232 Jacksons Rd, Ohoka.
From Christchurch, head north on State Highway 1. After crossing the Waimakariri River, take the Ohoka/Oxford exit on to Tram Road. Drive approx 18kms and turn right on to Jackson's Road. Drive 2 km to Broadoak on the right.