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private garden

The Paddock

29 Lichen Lane, Lake Hawea. Wanaka


Originally a dry, arid, forgotten piece of glacial terrain.

Now 'The Paddock" has been transformed into a one-acre country-style garden.  It is Blessed with a beautiful borrowed landscape of Mountains and hills for a backdrop.

In the past 10 years, the property has been planted with Evergreen shrubs,  both Native and Exotic around the perimeter for shelter from the Nor' west,  and a garden established inside this area.

The garden is a mix of items gathered over the years,  both plants and rustic treasures from the past,  with plantings to provide interest all year round,  mixing texture and colour.

In the Spring,  the garden comes alive with a large variety of bulbs including Daffodils, Fritillarias,  Muscari and Tulips,  mixed with Iris',  Rhododendrons,  Blossoms and Cornus.

These are followed with Peony's,  Roses, Perennials, Lavender and Lilies in the Summer,  and lots of beautiful Central Otago colour in the Autumn.

Included in the garden are a variety of food growing areas,  a potager framed with espalier apples,  a large tunnel house,  a productive mixed berry garden and a small orchard.

All this is now supporting a healthy insect ecosystem.

The Gardener

Donella has been passionate about gardening all her life,  starting when she was at primary school with a small Vegetable garden.

John and Donella Managed farms for 20 years around the Otago / Southland area,  so the outdoors have always been the choice of a place to work and feel inspired.

Donella has worked as a professional gardener in later years and loves to share gardening with like-minded people.

Garden Size

1 acre, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.


  • Price
    $10 per person.
  • Parking
    We have on-street parking outside the gate on the side of a long drive, entry is through a small gate.
  • Wheelchair Access
    We are wheelchair friendly.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thanks.
  • Food available?
    We can provide morning/afternoon tea for groups by arrangement.
  • Picnics
    Yes welcome.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise them.
  • Toilets?
    Yes available.
  • Seating
    Yes, there is seating around the garden, for resting and two tables.
  • Guided Tours
    I will gladly walk around the garden with visitors and answer any questions you may have.


29 Lichen Lane, Lake Hawea. Wanaka

From Wanaka drive out state highway 6, drive over the dam wall, into Lake Hawea 15 mins, follow along the waterfront to the end of town and right angle corner. Go up over the rise, down past the Cemetery on the left, and Lichen Lane is on the right. Turn into the street, we are the first entrance on the left. (3 mailboxes)