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private garden

Cairnhill

1054 Forgotten World Highway SH 43

Overview

A long-sealed driveway planted with hosta in the shade and iris and peonies in the sunny areas. Handsome Rhododendrons of all ages and sizes are on show throughout the garden.

Egmont stone and matching pavers planted with mondo grass set off an area that serves as a petanque court. Red Berberis and ‘Little Bo Peep’ roses edge some of the gardens. 

A great vegetable garden is planted each year and tended by both. The Raspberries have become Colin's hobby. The fruit trees are Junes department and the Feijoas are Colins after the cows have dried off.

The Gardener

June and Colin have lived here all their married life, romantically planted rhododendron each year to mark their anniversary. Hence rhododendrons of all ages are in the garden. Bark gardens became a necessity when those mowing the lawns defaulted because there were too many trees to mow around. This area subsequently became the favourite hosta patch, and these hostas give a feeling of peace in the garden. Where this looked bare in the winter hellebores have been planted. So you get the feel how this gardened evolved. Now our three sons' have moved on Colin mows the lawns once again and does other jobs as of June requests.

Garden Size

Medium size private garden with capacity for large (20+) group sizes. Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.

Other Facilities

Cairnhill is a 20-minute drive to the beautiful MT Egmont.
The newly opened Rotokare Bird Sanctuary and Lake is a short drive from our farm.
Mangamingi has a dog trialling ground and competitions are held there annually 30 minutes from here.

Trout Rivers all flow from the mountain and fishing is popular with some.

Info

  • Price
    $4 per person.
  • Parking
    Off and on street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs please, as we have stock near by.
  • Food available?
    Refreshments are available by prior arrangement.
  • Picnics
    Yes.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes.
  • Toilets?
    Yes.
  • Seating
    Seating available.
  • Accommodation
    We operate a B&B and dinner arrangements can be made.
  • Plants/Sales
    Plant Sales Ophinopogon Japonica, Ophinopogon Japonica Nana Ophinopogon Planiscarpus Black Dragon, Hostas (plenty of variety all named.) Heuchera and other perennials from the garden.
  • Guided Tours
    We are happy to show visitors around the garden. Please ask for price.
  • Weddings

    By arrangement.

Map

1054 Forgotten World Highway SH 43

East of Stratford it is well signposted. A garden sign is at the gate.