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private garden

Chiddingfold Garden

52 Hydro Road, Karapiro, Cambridge.


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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The Gardener

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.

Garden Size

Private property of several acres.

Other Facilities

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:

  • Mt Maungatautari with preditor free fence
  • Rotorua - New Zealand's top tourist attraction
  • Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
  • Lunch or Dinner on a Waikato River Cruise
  • Lake Taupo - Catch a trout for breakfast!
  • Tauranga or Mount Maunganui - A day at the beach
  • Picnic by the Lakes - Visit a Hydro Dam
  • Hamilton - For sightseeing and shopping
  • Cambridge/Tirau - The antique and craft centres of New Zealand.


  • Accommodation
    www.accommodationcambridge.co.nz/blog/antoinettes-annexe.html Our lovely self contained annexe is apart from the main house and entirely private, new and modern. It has provided holidays for many people from all over the world. It is a self-contained one-bedroom with a queen-size bed, plus two divans in the sitting room, with a kitchen. It also has a big separate bathroom. Laundry available in unit, TV
  • Price
    $5.00 per person.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking is available for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair access is good.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs please.
  • Food available?
    No, but good restaurants are nearby.
  • Picnics
    Yes, feel free to bring along your own picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Children must be accompanied by an adult,
  • Toilets?
    No, but there are public toilets available in Karapiro Village
  • Seating
    There is seating around the garden.
  • Plants/Sales
    Plants for sale from our own collection.
  • Guided Tours
    Yes, we are happy to show our visitors around the garden.


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.