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private garden


14 Ngawhini Road, Hawera, South Taranaki


From bare hillside in 1978, when the gully & boundary were fenced & planted, to the house built 1982/3, the garden evolved. Extensive plantings of trees both native and introduced sit comfortably within the wider landscape, adjacent to the 400-year-old Puketarata Pa.

The skilled blending of many native & exotic plants is a particular strength. The mature cordylines (our iconic cabbage trees) are an eyecatching and unusual feature reflecting the Taranaki landscape. Generous herbaceous plantings feature throughout the garden. Views of Mt Egmont/Taranaki & inland Taranaki.

The Gardener

Over 30 years ago Ken and Jennifer Horner built a family home and established a large country garden for their family on the outskirts of Hawera. I love gardening and find the continual process of adjusting the planting an exciting challenge. I am particularly keen on including native plants.

Garden Size

Approx 2 hectares plus a gully with over 1km of tracks under development. The gully has a QEII covenant.

Other Facilities

Just along the road, you can find the Tawhiti Museum which is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.

Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life-size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.


  • Accommodation
    No, but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
  • Price
    $10 per person for adults.
  • Parking
    Yes, off-street for cars and small buses. 40 seater buses can be met at the road gate & visitors needing transport for the 300m walk to the main garden can be given a ride.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes but not everywhere.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Yes, but on a lead, please.
  • Food available?
    No, however, there are cafes in the area.
  • Picnics
    Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise at all times.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Yes, there are areas around our grounds to sit and enjoy our landscaped grounds.
  • Guided Tours
    By appointment, please arrange a time to suit.


14 Ngawhini Road, Hawera, South Taranaki