private garden

Tikara Country Gardens

113 Ahiaruhe Rd, Carterton


Tikara Country Gardens is a two-hectare property down a long driveway planted with magnolias and olive trees. Situated on the eastern hills behind Carterton with stunning views overlooking the Tararua ranges and Ruamahunga River.

This garden has been developed since 2008 by Bruce and Mary, with further plantings still in progress. 

The garden has more than 250 roses,300 red maples trees, irises, cherry blossom trees and much more. The striking 90-meter bund which is covered with Arctotis daisy is a unique feature of the garden.

There are several cottage gardens with mass planting. A native bush area is being developed with a boardwalk. Also, a wonderful wooden staircase mass planted with carpet roses.

The great vegetable garden has six raised beds which supply family and friends.

The Gardener

Bruce and Mary have worked together to develop a garden with different rooms taking advantage of the property’s panchromatic views. Extra help for mowing lawns and part-time gardener.

Garden Size

The two-hectare country garden has been developed over the past 11 years.


  • Price
    Admission cost per head - $10
  • Parking
    Buses and large vehicles to park on roadside, please.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The grounds are flat and suitable for wheelchairs when the ground is firm.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thank you. Have two fox terriers on property.
  • Food available?
    Morning and Afternoon Tea are available by prior appointment (groups 4+)
  • Picnics
    Yes, feel free to bring your own picnics.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes please supervise at all times as there is a swimming pool.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have toilets available.
  • Seating
    Yes, there are areas around the garden and pool area to sit and enjoy the garden and views.
  • Plants/Sales
    Yes, we have plants available for sale.
  • Guided Tours
    By appointment.


113 Ahiaruhe Rd, Carterton