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private garden

Clifton Gardens

181 Clifton Road, Whitford, Auckland.


Clifton Gardens, Michael's brainchild, is home to 10 acres of lifestyle block with 3 acres of garden. He started planting in 2002 with many natives around the boundaries and it has grown from there. You will see tropical areas, shady areas, perennials, annuals, bulbs, rhodos, and many more.  The grounds are still developing and Michael has plans to keep adding new areas in the future. 

Clifton Gardens is 5 minutes for Arylies Gardens, so the 2 gardens the cafes, and the gift shop in the Whitford Village make for a full day out.



The Gardener

Michael loves gardening but also runs a busy business. He may not always be available for visitors but his mother Shirley is happy to tell people about the garden.  He has all the toys to move the many truck loads of mulch that get dumped on the property.  And of course, an endless supply of horse poo as sister Amanda has 3 horses.  

Garden Size

The garden is 3 acres so allow 2-3 hours for your visit.

Other Facilities

Michael is the owner of On-Road Rentals.  If you are visiting gardens this will be of interest to you.

OnRoad Rentals is 100% Kiwi-owned and operated and specialises in 8, 10 & 12 seater minibuses throughout New Zealand. All of our well-maintained vehicles are in pristine condition ensuring you have an amazing journey wherever where you are heading. Our aim is to provide you with impeccable service that will satisfy your requirements and be entirely sure you are happy with your next rental vehicle.

Call for a booking.  021467402


  • Price
    $10 per person. Children under 12 are free.
  • Parking
    We can accommodate bus coaches and several cars, however, we suggest that you park on the street on Clifton Road and enter through the gate. You will need to press the speaker and request that the gate is opened.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The grounds are wheelchair friendly however some of the lawns are wet during the winter.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thanks, we have 3 and 2 cats so we prefer not to have other dogs here.
  • Food available?
    Shirley and Amanda can serve morning/afternoon teas with good notice. We would serve 2 items and a hot drink for a price of $12. We have a large undercover area where this is served.
  • Picnics
    You are welcome to bring your own picnic, please remove all your rubbish.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes, children are welcome but they must be supervised at all times.
  • Toilets?
    No toilets are available unless emergency.
  • Seating
    Yes, we do have undercover seating for those who wish to sit.
  • Guided Tours
    Michael is happy to show you around the garden and answer any questions you may have, however, if he's not available there will be someone here.


181 Clifton Road, Whitford, Auckland.

Buses coaches and cars can park on the side of the road on Clifton Road and come through that gate. You will need to press the speaker and request that the gate is opened.