Wharepuke Subtropical Garden and Sculpture Park
Rose Apple-Eugenia jambos.
Brachychiton Bidwillii -Little Kurrajong.
Jaboticaba- Plinea Cauliflora.
A couple of our resident Kereru at Wharepuke
Stay in a cottage at Wharepuke.
African tulip Tree
Wharepuke Sculpture Park- Charmayne Dobbs
Guided tour with Robin Booth
Guided tour through Wharepuke Subtropical Garden
Stay onsite at Wharepuke in one of our cottages
Mark Gravers nontoxic printstudio at Wharepuke
Onsite cafe/restaurant at Wharepuke
Webber Booths sculpture at Wharepuke
Kingfisher on the Wharepuke Sculpture and garden trail
Wharepuke means ‘house on the hill’. Wharepuke Subtropical Garden is located on the Stone Store Hill in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.
Wharepuke Subtropical Garden showcases Robin Booths lifetime collection of rare and unusual plants and began in 1993 on a site that was his parents old citrus orchard. Robins 50 years of experience as a nurseryman and landscape designer show.
A plantsmans garden, here is an eclectic collection of trees and plants that grow well in the subtropical conditions. There are also group plantings of bromeliads, algaves, many different orchids growing on and under the trees and a huge variety of maturing trees from many different parts of the world. A collection of edible subtropical fruiting trees is of considerable interest.
A new development started by daughter Tania and her partner Mark Graver is a sculpture trail along the garden path of approximate 35 changing works from artists from around NZ. There is also an Art Gallery and a nontoxic printmaking studio and restaurant onsite
It is possible to stay in one of the cottages at Wharepuke which means entrance is free to the gardens and sculpture park at any time during your stay
We have at least 30 bird species coming to our subtropical gardens.
Also check www.subtropicalgarden.co.nz
The Wharepuke property has been in the family since 1938 when Stan and Joyce Booth built their house on the hill and planted and grew citrus and kiwifruit organically. The owner Robin Booth has a wealth of experience as a nurseryman and landscaper and he began developing the garden in 1993 in a valley running down to the historic Stone Store in Kerikeri.
190 Kerikeri road, Kerikeri 0230, Bay of Islands.
Kerikeri airport also known as the Bay of Islands airport (BOI) is a 10 minutes drive to Wharepuke. Kerikeri is just a 30min flight from Auckland.
Directions from SH10
Follow Kerikeri road through town where you will get pushed around a one-way system and back out onto Kerikeri road. Go straight over 2 roundabouts. DO NOT follow Stone Store Parking signs (Heritage Bypass). Look for the 50km sign on the left and then there will be a large Wharepuke sign.
We are just 1km from central Kerikeri
Robins daughter Tania is the manager of Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation.
The gardens and sculpture trail are open to the public 7 days a week 10am-5pm and by appointment outside these hours.
Our Bay of Islands garden covers 2 hectares.
An admission fee for gardens and sculpture trail of $10 for adults,$5 for children,$9 concession
Catalogue of the sculptures is available free to take around with you. There are labels on some of the plants and a name list...always being worked on.
Off street parking for cars. Please contact us for bus groups.
Fantastic new restaurant onsite -closed Sunday and Monday You are most welcome to bring your own picnic to have in the garden on these days.
The onsite restaurant MAHA at Wharepuke offers Asian Fusion style menu made with fresh local ingredients. The chef was awarded Wellingtons “Chef of the year -2000" and also "Most memorable meal" our Kerikeri restaurant is fully licensed. MAHA is open to our Kerikeri accommodation guests and the general public.
It is best to book directly with them on 09 9456551 to avoid disappointment.
The restaurant is open 10am-10pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday
Some seating and picnic spots through the garden.
Yes, bring your own.
Only lower section of the garden is wheelchair accessible. Fine for pushchairs with some lifting for steps.
Yes, on a lead....with owner.
At Wharepuke we have 5 stylish one bedroom self catering cottages. Our family run Kerikeri Motel is in a quiet location on the Stone Store Hill. The cottages are set in a lush award winning subtropical garden. NZ history and culture and river walks with waterfalls are just an easy walk from Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation Kerikeri.
Wharepukes subtropical is a perfect Wedding Venue. A sunken amphitheatre for your wedding ceremony provides great viewing by your friends and family. Lots of photo opportunities in the gardens. 1km to Kerikeri town and one minute to the Historic Stone Store Basin.
Cuttings, seed or divisions are sometimes available for purchase.
The garden with the sculpture trail is open all year for self guide but interactive guided tours are by appointment only
Function Center Available?
We have a separate small conference venue, meeting room, or interview room for hire at Wharepuke in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northland. For up to 10 people. Internet connected.
Our Art Park exhibits selected artworks from artists around NZ and International. It is set within and compliment the gardens through almost 1km of track. The contemporary artworks are crafted with wood, stone, ceramics, glass, metal, plastic, sound and print and change throughout the year.
A purpose built Art Gallery exhibiting mostly International printmaking or works on paper but also some exceptional works in other media. A changing exhibition space of solo or group shows, museum shows, and international open submissions.
Our Kerikeri accommodation showcase fine art prints and paintings by resident artist Mark Graver who has his work in numerous collections both public and private around the world.
Artist holidays are offered in our Kerikeri accommodation at Wharepuke. These artist residencies are suited to painters, printmakers, writers, academics and others (just ask!)