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Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens

1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, Auckland

Overview

Come and enjoy a relaxed art and garden experience.

Stroll along with a gentle 1 km sculpture & garden trail set in a tranquil and inspirational rural oasis, located at award-winning Kaipara Coast Plant Centre. Listen to the birds as you enjoy the gardens and over 60 selected sculptures by leading New Zealand artists.

The Sculpture Trail is a large outdoor art gallery where sculptures are discovered while strolling through the gardens, the bush track and past the ponds.

The exhibition is changed every 12 months.

The Gardener

David Bayly has owned and operated Kaipara Coast Plant Centre from this site since 1988 and it has been his vision for many years to create a Sculpture Garden in the secluded valley next to the Plant Centre. His aim was to create a place where visitors to the gardens can stroll along the sculpture trail and find inspiration for selecting sculptures and plants to enhance their gardens and property while enjoying great views of the rural setting.

Garden Size

Allow 1 ½ hours to enjoy the walk fully and take in all the sculptures.

Other Facilities

Options of 30 min to 90 min workshops on a variety of gardening topics run by Kaipara Coast Owner & Horticulturist David Bayly.
Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens make a great outing for Preschools, Primary Schools and Colleges.

If you are too busy to do things yourself or need advice on what to do, what to plant and the costs involved, then contact our Advice and Landscaping department. We offer a full range of Landscape Design, Landscape architecture, Project management, planting and garden implementation services.

Info

  • Price
    Adults $10, children 5-13 $5, groups 10+ $8, over 60’s & students $9.
  • Parking
    Yes, off-street parking is available for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Not suitable for wheelchairs. The sculpture trail at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens is an easy 1km walk on gravel paths which are accessible for mountain buggies.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs, except guide dogs.
  • Food available?
    Groups and bus tours welcome. Group morning/afternoon teas and lunches available if booked in advance.
  • Picnics
    Yes but please stay on the pathway as the trail has been designed to be followed in sequence to optimise the views of each sculpture. Please take any rubbish with you. Due to the fire risk please no smoking.
  • Children allowed?
    Adults, please supervise your children around the sculptures and ponds. The sculptors have spent many hours of blood, sweat and tears to create these sculptures so please respect this by not touching or climbing on the artworks. Any damages incurred will need to be paid for.
  • Toilets?
    Yes.
  • Seating
    There are many seats along the path to allow for resting and contemplating the views and sculptures.
  • Accommodation
    No, but we are happy to recommend local accommodation.
  • Plants/Sales
    From natives to fruit trees, palms to groundcovers, we specialise in plants that grow well in the Auckland region and selling them to the public at affordable prices. Almost all of the sculptures are available for purchase.
  • Guided Tours
    We do offer tours thru the grounds. Please check for the cost of this.
  • Weddings

    By arrangement only.

Map

1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, Auckland

40 minutes drive from Auckland City. Postal address is PO Box 63, Kaukapakapa 0843