The fire pit, a gorgeous place to sit
Dogwood grove
A David Austin favourite
Views for miles
Set in native bush
Early morning glow
Just a slice of the Retreats view

private garden

Burrwood Gardens Retreat

Physical address provided after booking. 8 kms from Katikati


Burr-wood is set on 2 and a half acres, with developed gardens surrounded by the native bush of the lower Kaimai Ranges. In an elevated situation, we overlook a panorama of land, sea, harbour, and islands from the top of Waihi Beach out to the East Cape. The views are truly spectacular.

The garden consists of four levels with a short gentle slope between each. The house level has cottage-style gardens and a fully functional potager. The 2nd level,  has long perennial rose beds (mostly David Austin), shrubs and trees - a park-like setting. The 3rd level has a series has a newly developed water feature and a series of small ponds set within a garden edge and surrounded by an expanse of lawns and a Dogwood and Bromeliad grove. The 4th and last level is devoted to natives that don't grow naturally in our area, some rare (complete with a 58-metre golf hole!). Walk along that level and return to the top through the Hosta Walk, just one of several options that mean you can return a different way than you came. The garden is tranquil and romantic, with each level bounded by native bush giving continuity and birdlife. Once within the grounds, it is like stepping into another world, the only sounds you hear are the native birds and insects as they visit the abundance of blooming flora. This is a garden for all seasons with so much to see and enjoy. There is seating on every level.

Garden Size

Garden Size: 2.5 acres allow at least an hour for your visit.


Burr-wood Gardens would make a stunning backdrop for wedding photos. Contact us to make your dream garden photos a reality. 


  • Accommodation
    Perfect for a romantic weekend away or a great base to explore the Bay of Plenty from. ​You will love relaxing in our luxury apartment-style studio, newly built in 2021. Everything you need to rest and relax in secluded comfort in summer or winter. There is a relaxed vibe with a fully fitted bathroom and a comfortable king-sized bed. You have stunning views out to sea from the lounge window and restful bush views from the bedroom window. See our website for address booking and cost details.
  • Price
    $20 per person includes morning or afternoon tea (delicious homemade treats, tea and/or coffee served in vintage china on the deck, with spectacular views). If you aren't wanting morning tea we are only open to 10 or more visitors.
  • Parking
    Yes, there is a steep driveway through the bush to the property with secure parking. Small coaches and cars can come up to the house and turn around. We have limited off-street parking for cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The gardens are not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Dogs allowed?
    ​Sorry, as a native bush, birds and wildlife surround us no dogs are allowed.
  • Food available?
    $20 per person includes morning or afternoon tea (delicious homemade treats, tea and/or coffee served in vintage china on the deck, with spectacular views.
  • Picnics
    Picnics only by arrangement.
  • Children allowed?
    Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have toilets available.
  • Seating
    We have seating on each level.
  • Guided Tours
    We are happy to show visitors around the gardens.


Physical address provided after booking. 8 kms from Katikati

We are five minutes from SH2 and within easy reach of the Bay of Plenty. We are less than 5 km from the main road. We have a sign at the gate. Our tar sealed drive is on the left-hand side of the road. Our driveway is bush-lined and there is another sign at the entrance gate.