Chiddingfold Garden


The Garden

Chiddingfold Garden has historic plantings dating from 1873 and newer plantings commencing 1936. An easy walking garden with a large native tree section, many roses, rock and bark gardens and an extensive selection of camellias flowering all winter. Chiddingfold includes an all year garden where visitors can walk the paddocks with a newly formed pond and damp area planted with New Zealand swamp varieties. You will enjoy a view of the lovely Waikato countryside.

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The Gardener

We bought this property in 1976 after selling our sheep and cattle farm in Arohena, as we still wanted to live in the Country. The trees on the drive were the first attraction as well as the native tree patch, which was planted in 1950 along with the present house. There were also 100 roses and 40 camellias and we have extended this to a terraced garden adding more varieties of plants. We have also planted several more ever green trees in the paddocks as well as 6 varieties of magnolias both deciduous and ever green. We can now enjoy the autumn colours from our planting. We also planted thousands of daffodils on the drive, with many bucketfuls picked to sell on Daffodil day, so raising money for cancer research. We decided to open our garden for more people to enjoy, but bookings are only by arrangement. Please email or telephone.


Garden Details

52 Hydro Road, Karapiro, Cambridge. Directions- From SH1, 6 kms south of Cambridge, take Hydro Road sign posted for Karapiro Village. Postal, Chiddingfold RD 2 Cambridge.
+64 7 827 4294
+64 7 827 4394
Contact Person
Sally and John Coles
Visit our garden by prior arrangement only, Please call first. The garden is open all year as there is always something flowering.
Garden Size
Private property of several acres.
Brochure Available?
Yes information about the property can be handed out when you come.
Off street parking is available for buses coaches and cars.
No but there are Public toilets available in Karapiro Village
Food Available
No but good restaurants are nearby.
There is seating around the garden.
Yes feel free to bring along your own picnic.
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access is good.
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please.
Children Allowed
Children must be accompanied by an adult,

Our lovely self contained annexe is apart from the main house and entirely private, new and modern. It has provided holidays for many people from all over the world. It is a self-contained one bedroom with queen-size bed, plus two divans in the sitting room, with kitchen. It also has a big separate bathroom. Laundry available in unit, TV
Plants/Other Sales
Plants for sale from our own collection.
Guided Tours
Yes we are happy to show our visitors around the garden.
Function Center Available?
Other Facilities
We have a self-contained Antoinette's Annexe with a double bedroom and two single Divans in living area, kitchen etc like a motel. 2 persons $140 per night, single $100 per night.

Many places to visit within one hours drive.

Mt Maungatautari with preditor free fence
Rotorua - New Zealand's top tourist attraction
Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
Lunch or Dinner on a Waikato River Cruise
Lake Taupo - Catch a trout for breakfast!
Tauranga or Mount Maunganaui - A day at the beach
Picnic by the Lakes - Visit a Hydro Dam
Hamilton - For sightseeing and shopping
Cambridge/Tirau - The antique and craft centres of New Zealand.