The Waterlily Gardens (Formally Waihi Waterlily Gardens)


The Garden

The Waihi Waterlily Gardens have captivated imaginations, stimulated senses and provided enchanting water garden experiences for more than fifty years. Visitors from every corner of the globe have left footprints beneath giant flora, on grassy knolls, and next to the natural waterways that run through this magnificent fifteen acre property. Many return to nourish the seeds they'd planted during past visits: the seeds of fond memories.

Beautifully mature trees, rolling topography, and a lake fed by a gently meandering stream set the framework for the Waihi Waterlily Gardens. The ponds, more than twenty in all, are rich with splashes of yellow, red, white, blue, pink, peach and cream; waterlilies delicate on the surface. Broad, rolling areas of lush green grass are segmented by clusters of ponds, giant trees and natural waterways. There's a 'wow' factor round every bend. Canopied by giant oaks, liriodendrons, maples, liquid ambers, meta sequoias and swamp cyprus', water is transported over a ford and down a tall step before heading through a trail of native New Zealand Flora; including rimu, kahikatea, lancewood, miro and kauri. After exiting the bush, past cascading water, past the gingko trees and the copper beech, the gardens open to an expansive 2 acre lake, overlooked by a weeping willow and surrounded by giant flora.

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The Gardener

The Waterlily Gardens is owned and operated by Aly Gamble and Bevan McDuff.  Since taking over the property in 2004, the gardens has been transformed into a garden paradise for casual visitors,accommodation guests (via two luxury garden cottages), functions and weddings.


Garden Details

441 Pukekauri Road, Waihi, Coromandel
(07) 863 8267
Contact Person
Jenny and Bevan McDuff
November until March, 11 am - 3 pm Daily.
Garden Size
15 acres - Allow 1-3 hrs.
Adults $8.50. Senior Citizens $7.50. Children Under 12 Free. Family and Group Concessions apply. For casual visits, payment is via Honesty Box, located at the garden entrance.
Brochure Available?
Extensive car/bus parking off street.
Food Available
Functions & Group Bookings by Prior Arrangement.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Waihi Waterlily Gardens offers delightful catering for pre-arranged group visits, functions and weddings.
Wedding and Function Centre seats up to 120 guests. Seating is available in the Garden.
Welcome in the Garden.
Wheelchair Access
Much of the property, toilets, and cottage accommodation are wheelchair friendly.
Dogs Allowed
Leashed dogs welcome.
Children Allowed
A wonderful environment for children to explore with adult supervision.
Luxury Garden Cottage Accommodation all year round.
Special Winter rates available.
The Waihi Waterlily Gardens offers an all-in-one Wedding Venue for Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions and photography. Complimentary luxury accommodation is also offered to couples holding their Wedding Reception at the garden.
Plants/Other Sales
Hardy and Tropical Waterlilies are For Sale by Prior Arrangement.
Function Center Available?
Other Facilities

Private luxury cottages, self contained, 5 minutes from Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge, and 10 minutes from Waihi Beach, at the junction of the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Waikato regions. Now, four seasons of the year, visitors can enjoy the magic of the Waihi Waterlily Gardens day and night.  Winter accommodation rates available.