Moondance Manor Gardens is a Waikato best keep secret, as one of our visitors commented; "Its visual banquet radiates English charm and beauty, this is what paradise must be like".
Located in Tamahere, between Hamilton and Cambridge, in the Waikato, the gardens are an easy drive from all major North Island locations.
Moondance Manor Gardens are extensively planted with abundant flower beds, expansive lawn areas, a wealth of native and exotic trees, a large ornamental pond and island, substantial formal hedging – all set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.
Each season offers an exciting display from an abundance of spring flowers and blossom to summer roses and perennials, to autumn's romantic colours.
Make your journey of discovery and take time to appreciate the many beautiful vistas or discover a contemplative moment in a secluded spot or amble down to the Waikato River and its woodland garden.
The jewel in the crown is, of course, the elegant two-story Edwardian Manor house which complements the grandeur of the garden and from which the terraced lawns, flower beds and many trees can be fully appreciated.
Jeanette and Stephen came to Tamahere in 1996 having elected to jump off the corporate conveyor and settle after their travels around the world.
Having always nurtured a garden wherever they lived as well as enjoying visiting many gardens on their journeys, it was perhaps destined that Jeanette and Stephen would become the stewards of Moondance Manor Gardens.
It is now our joy to harmonise with the seasons and help nature display its best in our little piece of paradise. The icing on the cake of this endeavour is our delight in being able to share our garden and our joy of gardening with our many visitors.
The garden is set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.
Our gardens have been featured in the NZ Gardener, The Waikato Times, The NZ Women's Weekly and NZ House and Garden.
For groups, we specialise in making your visit "an occasion to remember" with a fun garden quiz, croquet, many tall stories, optional light refreshments and lots of laughs.
For those wanting to plan an outing of one to several days, we can recommend a further 20 gardens in the area to visit and in addition to gardens, there are several other attractions such as; Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge, Zealong Tea Gordonton, Tauwhare Military Museum, Inspirit Gallery Tamahere, Pirongia Clydesdales, Ngaroto Nurseries and Grandmothers Garden Patchwork and Quilting, Gordonton.
115 Te Awa Road, Tamahere, RD3, Hamilton 3283
Exit State Highway 1 onto State Highway 21 (Airport Road/Tamahere) and drive along Airport Road for 1.1 km, take the first road on the left, Pencarrow Road. Continue along Pencarrow Road for 2.5 km, taking the first road on your right, Te Awa Road. Drive down Te Awa Road (do not turn left into Te Awa Lane) for 1 km to the turnaround at the very end of the road, keep going straight ahead down the lane in front of you, and Moondance Manor (115 Te Awa Road) is the first driveway on the left below the road. There is a Moondance Manor sign outside our driveway entrance. Please do not take the entrance with the tall iron gates and stone columes at the turnaround, this is our neighbour and we request visitors do not go down their drive in error.