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Native Dell Libertia Grandiflora Lawn
Native Dell Libertia Grandiflora
Picnic Lawn
Picnic Lawn Choisya Ternata
Pond Acer Palmatum Green Autumn
Pond Manor View
Pond Spring View
Pond Spring Iris
Pond Summer
Private Lawn Acer Palmatum Red
Quiet Path Acanthus
Quiet Path Acanthus Spikes
Riverside Bend
Sports Lawn Manor View
Riverside Sunshine
Riverside Hammock
Sports Lawn Long Walk View
Sports Lawn Side Path
Terrace Bed 1
Terrace Bed 2
Terrace Bed 6
Terrace Bed 7
Terrace Bed 3
Terrace Bed 5
Terrace View Summer
Terrace View Manor 2
Terrace Magnolia Soulangiana And Stellata
Wisteria Sinensis 11
Terrace View Of Manor

private garden

Moondance Manor Gardens

115 Te Awa Road, Tamahere, RD3, Hamilton 3283


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.

The Gardener

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.

Garden Size

The garden is set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.

Other Facilities

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.


  • Accommodation
    No, but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
  • Price
    Garden visit including an informative and entertaining guided tour is $12 per person.
  • Parking
    We have space for 4 cars by the Manor and 30 cars or two coaches on our private lane leading to the Manor.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The gardens are largely flat which mean wheelchairs can navigate the gardens with assistance.
  • Dogs allowed?
  • Food available?
    Morning and Afternoon Teas are available with the Garden Visit and by prior arrangement. Garden Visit and Tea, enjoy the garden tour, a generous serving of mouth-watering delights and freshly brewed Coffee or Tea $25 per person, minimum of 10 persons.
  • Picnics
    With many expansive lawn areas, private corners and of course the Waikato riverbank there is an endless choice of picnic spots
  • Children allowed?
    We welcome children accompanied by a supervising adult.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    There is ample seating by the Manor and throughout the gardens from which the visitor may enjoy the many spectacular vistas.
  • Plants/Sales
    We do not sell plants but if you see something you like we might just give you a cutting.
  • Guided Tours
    Most definitely, we offer an entertaining and informative tour that is included with the garden visit. Typically the tour takes between 40 to 60 minutes depending on your interest and available time.


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.