Burr-wood Country Garden


The Garden

Welcome! Burr-wood is set on 2 and a half acres, with developed gardens surrounded by the native bush of the lower Kaimai Ranges. An elevated situation, we overlook a panorama of land, sea, harbour and islands, from top of Waihi Beach out to East Cape. Truly spectacular.

The garden consists of four levels with a short gentle slope between each. The house level, 'The Terraces' has cottage style gardens, a rhododendron and camellia walk and the vegetable garden. The 2nd level, 'The Ladies Mile', has long perennial rose beds [mostly David Austin] shrubs and trees - an almost park like setting. The rest is the 'Proteacae Walk'. 3rd level 'The Pond Complex', has a series of ponds surrounded by garden as the main feature. 4th 'The Last Furlong', is devoted to natives that don't grow naturally in our area, some rare. Walk along that level and return to the top through the Hosta Walk. The garden is tranquil and romantic, with each level bounded by native bush giving continuity and bird life.

Our garden was featured in the Sept 2011 issue of NZ Gardener magazine.

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The Gardener

Maureen and Alan, ex farmers, bought the weed filled land in 1993. Alan built the house while Maureen developed the garden. Lines blurred with painting, wallpapering and heavy removal needed in the garden. Friends say "you name it, it's there in our garden". We say "Not quite true, but there is a variety!". Roses, perennials, protea, maples, rhodos, camellia, azaleas, natives, dahlias, to name just a few.

In the small nursery there are plants from our garden availabl for sale. Alan has been making native timber jewellery for 43 years, and he also makes decorative sets of native timber onions. Their hobbies are fishing [Alan] and cake decorating [Maureen] when not in the garden or workshop.


Garden Details

449 Lund Road, RD2, Katikati

Lund Rd is approximately 4kms south of Katikati, opposite the Fairview Estate Golf Course. Burr-wood is 4.49 kms up Lund Road on left, look for the wooden sign on the right of the driveway. Another Burr-wood sign is on the left of the driveway.
07 5492060
Contact Person
Maureen and Alan Cook
Open by appointment only.
Closed from 1st May until mid-September. Please call to enquire about September visits.
Garden Size
2.5 acres: allow 1-2 hours for your visit
$8 per person
Brochure Available?
Off street for large buses at the main entrance (we then ferry the elderly by car up the drive). Up to 30-seater coaches and cars can come up to the house and turn around.
Food Available
Morning/afternoon/Devonshire teas by arrangement, for groups over 8.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
We have seating on our verandah and we also use our lounge in inclement weather.
Wheelchair Access
Not suitable unless you have a very strong caregiver
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please
Children Allowed
Not suitable for children
Photos by arrangement only
Plants/Other Sales
Small nursery with plants from our garden. Unique handcrafted jewellery made from NZ native timber is available for sale. We also have plants from our own collection for sale.
Guided Tours
Yes we always show our visitors around the garden and happily do so.
Other Facilities
From our studio at home we make unique jewellery from NZ native timber, which you are welcome to visit.

We are five minutes from SH2 and within easy reach of Bay of Plenty attractions, including our Mural Town, Katikati. There are bush walks about five minutes away too. Waihi Beach is a 20 minute drive. Golf course/winery/hot pools within several minutes of the garden.