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private garden

Mayward Homestead

880 Whakamarama Road, Whakamarama, Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty


A large country garden in a bush setting featuring ponds and stream enhanced with massed plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, hostas, irises, and azalea mollises. A short bush walk beside a sparkling stream which meanders through stunning natives adds special interest to this unique garden.
A property with Native Bush such as this, we believe, should be shared and with this, in mind, we are pleased to open the garden. 

The Gardener

Arriving in Taupo as 2 school teachers in1959.our interest in gardening became a passion when we bought a little plant shop, later building our own which became 2 businesses-Taupo Garden Centre and Taupo Florist. During this rime we moved and developed a nursery and new garden which at times was opened to the public. After selling the shop and John working for 'Duncan and Davies' for 11 years, we reluctantly left our home and garden and moved to Tauranga Dec.2004. We took on a huge challenge namely low cloud, dampness,cold and clay not to mention the opossums, rabbits, rosellas,pukekos and sheep which managed to push their way through the fences all of which seemed hell bent on destroying what were trying to achieve. From that day on we have not stopped planting John being the nurseryman, knows his plants while Judy the florist is the designer.


We are happy to cater to many options so your big day is perfect. The possibilities for your ceremony and/or photos are endless in our extensive grounds, which means you can stay with your guests rather than going away for photos. You are welcome to provide hors d'oeuvres and bubbly for your guests during this time. We also have the ideal area for a marquee if you wish to hold your reception at Mayward. Please call me and we can discuss all your ideas and options.


  • Price
    $8 person for less than 10. $5 for groups larger than 10.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Food available?
    We can cater to groups for morning/afternoon teas and lunches by arrangement.
  • Picnics
    Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic. Power and hot water available.
  • Seating
    There is limited seating around the garden.


880 Whakamarama Road, Whakamarama, Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Off Barrett Rd, then off Old Highway, or via Youngson Rd.