The Garden

From bare hillside in 1978, when the gully & boundary were fenced & planted, to the house built 1982/3, the garden evolved. Extensive plantings of trees both native and introduced sit comfortably within the wider landscape, adjacent to the 400 year old Puketarata Pa.

Skilled blending of many native & exotic plants is a particular strength. The mature cordylines (our iconic cabbage trees) are an eyecatching and unusual feature reflecting the Taranaki landscape. Generous herbaceous plantings feature throughout the garden. Views of Mt Egmont/Taranaki & inland Taranaki.


View Map

The Gardener

Over 30 years ago Ken and Jennifer Horner built a family home and established a large country garden for their family on the outskirts of Hawera. I love gardening and find the continual process of adjusting the planting an exciting challenge. I am particularly keen on including native plants.


Garden Details

14 Ngawhini Road, Hawera, South Taranaki
+64 6 278 3081
Contact Person
Jennifer & Ken Horner
From 9-5.30pm during the annual Taranaki Garden Festival - usually the first week in November and other times by appointment.
Garden Size
Approx 2 hectares plus a gully with over 1km of tracks under development. The gully has a QEII covenant.
Brochure Available?
Yes and can be downloaded from the website, also checkout the garden on facebook.
Yes off street for cars and small buses. 40 seater buses can be met at the road gate & visitors needing transport for the 300m walk to the main garden can be given a ride.
Food Available
No however there are cafes in the area.
Yes there are areas around our grounds to sit and enjoy our landscaped grounds.
Yes feel free to bring your own picnic.
Wheelchair Access
Yes but not everywhere.
Dogs Allowed
Yes but on a lead please.
Children Allowed
Yes but please supervise at all times.
No but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
Guided Tours
By appointment, please arrange a time to suit.
Other Facilities

Just along the road you can find the Tawhiti Museum which is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.

Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.