Chiddingfold Garden has historic plantings dating from 1873 and newer plantings commencing 1936.
The tall old trees on our drive were planted from 1870 onwards by Sir James Fergusson when he was the Governor-General and also on the West side of our garden, native trees which were planted by Bert Short by hand all those years ago.
An easy walking garden with a large native tree section, many roses, rock and bark gardens and an extensive selection of camellias flowering all winter. Chiddingfold includes an all year garden where visitors can walk the paddocks with a newly formed pond and damp area planted with New Zealand swamp varieties. You will enjoy a view of the lovely Waikato countryside.
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We bought this property in 1976 after selling our sheep and cattle farm in Arohena, as we still wanted to live in the Country. The trees on the drive were the first attraction as well as the native tree patch, which was planted in 1950 along with the present house. There were also 100 roses and 40 camellias and we have extended this to a terraced garden adding more varieties of plants. We have also planted several more evergreen trees in the paddocks as well as 6 varieties of magnolias both deciduous and evergreen. We can now enjoy the autumn colours of our planting. We also planted thousands of daffodils on the drive, with many bucketfuls picked to sell on Daffodil day, so raising money for cancer research. We decided to open our garden for more people to enjoy, but bookings are only by arrangement. Please email or telephone.
Private property of several acres.
We have a self-contained Antoinette's Annexe with a double bedroom and two single Divans in the living area, kitchen etc like a motel. 2 persons $140 per night, single $100 per night.
Many places to visit within one hours drive:
52 Hydro Road, Karapiro, Cambridge.
From SH1, 6 kms south of Cambridge, take Hydro Road sign posted for Karapiro Village. Postal, Chiddingfold RD 2 Cambridge.