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public garden

Woodlands Homestead Gardens and Function Centre

42 Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton 3791


The gardens around the Homestead contain many notable trees - one is regarded as New Zealand's largest Eucalyptus, another a Liriodendron which is believed to be the finest in the Waikato, and an American Ash and Juniperus Chinensis, are considered to be of National interest.

The display of the country's most significant collection of old camellias, many of which were brought from Britain in the 1870s, is further enhanced with plantings of old fashioned roses.

The pathways lead to the lake with its Monet-style bridges and gazebo. The garden features wide vistas across expansive lawns. a cricket oval and a croquet lawn. Woodlands has hosted dinners for dignitaries, wine and dine for weddings, Christmas and cocktail parties for companies, celebrations of life, afternoon teas for anniversaries and many many other special occasions. See our wedding information and corporate function information on this website or contact us for more information.

The Gardener

The Woodlands Historic Gardens keep our Gardening team very busy! What a great team they are! Please say Hello to the gardening team if you are visiting.

Garden Size

15 acres, 8 acres in Histioric Gardens


Woodlands is the Waikato's most romantic wedding venue with a purpose-built temperature controlled Function Centre and 4 gorgeous lawns suitable for ceremonies. The ease and convenience of holding all of your special days in one location are one of the best attributes of Woodlands. This means that family, guests and especially the bride and groom, can relax and enjoy the day at their own pace.

Let us help you with your special day! This is your day, what do you want in it? We will make it happen for you!

Contact the Homestead office for more details 07-824 3687, email info@woodlands.co.nz.

Other Facilities

Looking for a unique setting for your next conference, meeting or seminar?

Perhaps you wish to host a team-building day, social sports event or product launch. Woodlands Homestead, Gardens and Function Centre is an ideal venue for a variety of functions.

Our Rooms and Venues available for hire include:
The Kauri Room
Function Centre
Woodlands Café
Cricket Oval
Theatre Lawn
Music Lawn
Woodlands Gardens

Woodlands Function Centre has a contracted caterer available, who can offer tailor-made menu options including finger food lunches to degustation menus. Please contact the office for more information 07 824 3687


  • Accommodation
    No accommodation on site, please phone 07 824 3687 for a complete list of accommodation in the area.
  • Price
    Entry to the Gardens is free, however, a gold coin donation is appreciated in donation boxes placed around the gardens. Entry to the Homestead is $2 for adults, under 15's free. All money raised from donations and entry fees helps to maintain, administer and develop the estate.
  • Parking
    Plenty of on-site parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair access is available. The all-weather paths are disability-friendly.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Yes, the leash is required.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    Profs @ Woodlands, situated on the stunning Woodlands Estate site, next to the Fletcher Cricket Oval and Children's garden. Profs offer breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea options daily from 9 am. Evening functions, Birthdays and corporate functions by arrangement. Booking is essential please contact Profs on 027 469 0694 or chat@profs.co.nz
  • Picnics
    Please feel free to have a picnic on one of our many lawns, The Cafe can help you out, buy lunch from them.
  • Children allowed?
    The cafe features a forecourt overlooking the oval, along with sheltered terrace seating, a children's play garden nearby and plenty of open space.
  • Toilets?
  • Plants/Sales
    Ongoing throughout the year there are plants available for sale that have been grown at the Gardens. These plants have been grown from cuttings taken from the garden and are available in the carpark opposite the cricket oval.
  • Function Center?
    Woodlands Function Center can cater up to 150 people.
  • Guided Tours
    Guided garden tours available $2 per person (minimum of 10 people), which also includes viewing the Historic Homestead and multimedia presentation. (Bookings Only)


42 Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton 3791

PO Box 53, Gordonton, 3264 Woodlands is only a 15 minute drive from central Hamilton and 70 minutes south of Auckland. Check web site for map.