Lake Hawea. Wanaka


The Garden

Originally a dry, arid, forgotten piece of glacial terrain.

Now 'The Paddock" has been transformed into a one acre Country style garden.  It is Blessed with a beautiful borrowed landscape of Mountains and hills for a backdrop.

In the past 10 years the property has been planted with Evergreen shrubs,  both Native and Exotic around the perimeter for shelter from the Nor' west,  and a garden established inside this area.

The garden is a mix of items gathered over the years,  both plants and rustic treasures from the past,  with plantings to provide interest all year round,  mixing texture and colour.

In the Spring,  the garden comes alive with a large variety of bulbs including Daffodils, Fritillarias,  Muscari  and Tulips,  mixed with Iris',  Rhododendrons,  Blossoms  and Cornus.

These are followed with Peony's,  Roses, Perennials, Lavender and Lilies  in the Summer,  and lots of beautiful Central Otago colour in the Autumn.

Included in the garden are a variety of food growing areas,  a potager framed with espalier apples,  a large tunnel house,  a productive mixed berry garden and a small orchard.

All this is now supporting a healthy insect eco system.

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The Gardener

Donella has been passionate about gardening all her life,  starting when she was at primary school with a small Vegetable garden.

John and Donella Managed farms for 20 years around the Otago / Southland area,  so the outdoors have always been the choice of a place to work and feel inspired.

Donella has worked as a professional gardener in later years and loves to share gardening with like minded people.


Garden Details

29 Lichen Lane, Lake Hawea. Wanaka. From Wanaka drive out state highway 6, drive over the dam wall, into Lake Hawea 15 mins, follow along the waterfront to the end of town and right angle corner. Go up over the rise, down past the Cemetery on the left, and Lichen Lane is on the right. Turn into the street, we are the first entrance on the left. (3 mailboxes)
Home Phone - 03 443 6999, Cell - 0274087719
Contact Person
9.30am - 4.30pm Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday - Best to ring first.
Garden Size
1 acre, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
$5 per person.
We have on street parking outside the gate on the side of a long drive, entry is through a small gate.
Yes available.
Food Available
We can provide morning / afternoon tea for groups by arrangement. Tea, instant Coffee, some bitties to eat $4.00 a head.
Yes there is seating around the garden, for resting and two tables.
Yes welcome.
Wheelchair Access
We are wheelchair friendly.
Dogs Allowed
No dogs thanks.
Children Allowed
Yes but please supervise them.
Plants/Other Sales
We have a small nursery of grandmas plants. (Perennials)
Guided Tours
I will gladly walk around the garden with visitors and answer any questions you may have.