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Ohinetahi

The Garden

Ohinetahi is in a small bay with fine views down the length of Lyttelton Harbor and up to the surrounding hills.

A garden was first made on this site in 1865 by T.H.Potts,New Zealand's first botanist. Potts planted a great variety of exotic trees and shrubs, many of which still stand on the perimeter of the garden. He died in 1888 and thereafter the garden fell into dis-repair until it consisted of little more than a lawn around the house.

Sir Miles Warren and Mr and Mrs Trengrove restored the house and began the present garden in 1977. Designed by two architects and an artist, the garden inevitably has a strong frame. The formal garden consists of a number of separate garden rooms of differing style and character arranged about two axis, one running east west and another north south.

On the side of the house there is a formal lawn with curved macrocarpa hedges at the end balanced by a pool and poolhouse at the opposite end. There is a rose garden enclosed in box hedges, traditional double herbaceous borders leading to a gazebo, a square walled garden planted in colours of red and green, and a walk of pleached hornbeams on stilts leading up to an oval lawn encircled with a hornbeam hedge.

Beyond the poolhouse a potager garden is arranged about a large marble capital and a glasshouse. From the oval and the gazebo, steps lead down to a woodland garden shaded by Pott's original trees with a stream flowing down to the harbour. It is densely planted with rhododendrons, camellias and a good variety of New Zealand native plants. A swing bridge extends the cross axis to a bush walk.

The garden is accented by architectural fragments and modern sculpture.

The Gardener

A garden was first made on this site in 1865 by T.H.Potts,New Zealand's first botanist. Potts planted a great variety of exotic trees and shrubs, many of which still stand on the perimeter of the garden. He died in 1888 and thereafter the garden fell into dis-repair until it consisted of little more than a lawn around the house. Sir Miles Warren and Mr and Mrs Trengrove restored the house and began the present garden in 1977. Sir Miles along with a team of great people, nows runs the garden. Speaking to me once he commented that one of the true pleasures of running Ohinetahi was the interactinon with people, with whom he could have a plant conversation , especially international visitors..

Garden Details

Address
Governors Bay RD1, Lyttelton. Christchurch. From CHC take Colombo St over Dyers Pass Rd to Governors Bay, continue on main road 1.5 k past hotel. Garden is on left
Email
smilesw@xtra.co.nz
Phone
03-3299852
Fax
Fax 03-3299842
Contact Person
Sir Miles Warren
Website:
No
Hours
Mid-September to mid-December then mid-January to mid-March. Weekdays 10 am to 4pm, Weekends by appointment.
Garden Size
Large county garden/allow 1-1.5 hours
Price
$15
Brochure Available?
Can be mailed out.
Parking
Both on and off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Toilets
Yes
Food Available
By arrangement.
Seating
Yes
Picnics
Yes picnic spots with hot/cold water available
Wheelchair Access
Yes
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please.
Children Allowed
No thank you.
Accommodation
No
Weddings
No
Plants/Other Sales
No
Guided Tours
Yes by arrangement, please ask for price.
Function Center Available?
No
Other Facilities
Check this site for other gardens in the area to visit.