Moondance Manor Gardens - A Waikato Garden of Grandeur


The Garden

Moondance Manor Gardens is a Waikato best keep secret, as one of our visitors commented; "Its visual banquet radiates English charm and beauty, this is what paradise must be like".

Located in Tamahere, between Hamilton and Cambridge, in the Waikato the gardens are an easy drive from all major North Island locations.

Moondance Manor Gardens are extensively planted with abundant flower beds, expansive lawn areas, a wealth of native and exotic trees, a large ornamental pond and island, substantial formal hedging – all set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.

Each season offers an exciting display from an abundance of spring flowers and blossom, to summer roses and perennials, to autumn's romantic colours.

Make your journey of discovery and take time to appreciate the many beautiful vistas or discover a contemplative moment in a secluded spot or amble down to the Waikato River and its woodland garden.

The jewel in the crown is of course the elegant two story Edwardian Manor house which complements the grandeur of the garden and from which the terraced lawns, flower beds and many trees can be fully appreciated.


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The Gardener

Jeanette and Stephen came to Tamahere in 1996 having elected to jump off the corporate conveyor and settle after their travels around the world.

Having always nurtured a garden wherever they lived as well as enjoying visiting many gardens on their journeys, it was perhaps destined that Jeanette and Stephen would become the stewards of Moondance Manor Gardens.

It is now our joy to harmonise with the seasons and help nature display its best in our little piece of paradise. The icing on the cake of this endeavour is our delight in being able to share our garden and our joy of gardening with our many visitors.


Garden Details

115 Te Awa Road, Tamahere, RD3, Hamilton 3283

Exit State Highway 1 onto State Highway 21 (Airport Road/Tamahere) and drive along Airport Road for 1.1 km, take the first road on the left, Pencarrow Road.

Continue along Pencarrow Road for 2.5 km, taking the first road on your right, Te Awa Road. Drive down Te Awa Road (do not turn left into Te Awa Lane) for 1 km to the turnaround at the very end of the road, keep going straight ahead down the lane in front of you, and Moondance Manor (115 Te Awa Road) is the first driveway on the left below the road. There is a Moondance Manor sign outside our driveway entrance.

Please do not take the entrance with the tall iron gates and stone columes at the turnaround, this is our neighbour and we request visitors do not go down their drive in error.
07 859 0130
Contact Person
Jeanette and Stephen Williams
Moondance Manor Gardens are open from October to March.

To arrange your visit please contact your hosts, Jeanette and Stephen, by;
Phone - 07 859 0130
Email -
Post - 115 Te Awa Road, Tamahere, RD3, Hamilton 3283
Garden Size
The garden is set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.
Garden visit including an informative and entertaining guided tour is $10 per person.
Brochure Available?
We have a brochure which can be mailed to you, may we also refer you to our website.
We have space for 4 cars by the Manor and 30 cars or two coaches on our private lane leading to the Manor .
Food Available
Morning and Afternoon Teas are available with the Garden Visit and by prior arrangement.

Garden Visit and Tea, enjoy the garden tour, a generous serving of mouth watering delights and freshly brewed Coffee or Tea $25 per person, minimum of 10 persons.
There is ample seating by the Manor and throughtout the gardens from which the visitor may enjoy the many spectacular vistas.
With many expansive lawn areas, private corners and of course the Waikato riverbank there is an endless choice of picnic spots
Wheelchair Access
The gardens are largely flat which mean wheelchairs are able to navigate the gardens with assistance.
Dogs Allowed
Children Allowed
We welcome children accompanied by a supervising adult.
No but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
Plants/Other Sales
We do not sell plants but if you see something you like we might just give you a cutting.
Guided Tours
Most definitely, we offer and entertaining and informative tour that is included with the garden visit. Typically the tour takes between 40 to 60 minutes depending on your interest and available time.
Other Facilities
We welcome individuals and groups. Everyone that visits us certainly enjoys the experience, often returning for further visits, passing on their enjoyment to their friends.

For groups we specialise in making your visit "an occasion to remember" with a fun garden quiz, croquet, many tall stories, optional light refreshments and lots of laughs.

Our gardens have been featured in the NZ Gardener, The Waikato Times, The NZ Women's Weekly and NZ House and Garden.

For those wanting to plan an outing of one to several days, we can recommend a further 20 gardens in the area to visit and in addition to gardens there are a number of other attractions such as; Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge, Zealong Tea Gordonton, Tauwhare Military Museum, Inspirit Gallery Tamahere, Pirongia Clydesdales, Ngaroto Nurseries and Grandmothers Garden Patchwork and Quilting, Gordonton.