Woodside Estate is situated only 12 km's from Hamilton Central and 16 km's north of Cambridge (We are 6 minutes from Hamilton Garden and 5 minutes from Waikato University)you will find Waikato's hidden gem "Woodside Estate"
In 1884 Cambridge was linked to Hamilton by railway. A siding was built down to the springs on the Matangi property so trains could fill up with water from a totara well. This excellent quality spring water has been a source for champions ever since. Famous winning racehorses:Senor. Bardall, Piko and Melbourne Cup winner Van der Hum drank and exercised in it. A famous athlete who went on to break a world record enjoued the benefits of it.
Walking along one side of the lake you pass over 200 metres of Hydrangea's that are truly spectacular when in full bloom.
At the first waterfall you get an idea of just how much water comes from the various springs around the property.
Following the path through the many tree ferns and other natives you come to the next waterfall. This one is home to the large collection of bromeliads, many variegated Neoregelias, lovely patterned Vriseas and large Tillandsia Usneoides hanging from the trees.
Next to these you find a small private beach and old rustic boat shed. The rose Dublin Bay when in flower is simply stunning against the rusting corrugated iron on the shed.
Carrying on along another path you come to a large grass embankment overlooking the cafe and restaurant.
All the way around you will pass old buildings, the circa 1900 Raglan Tennis Pavilion, the ponga house (a favourite for wedding photographers) cross over bridges and walk through a tunnel.
Les Cox and Karina Wu are the current owners of Woodside Estate and look after the gardens along with whoever they can get to "volunteer" to help with the big jobs.
Altough they have come from finance and accounting backgrounds Les has always been a keen landscaper making several ponds and water features for friends and they are always looking to expand the gardens here.
Only 15 minutes from central Hamilton, 6 minutes from Hamilton Garden and 5 minutes from Waikato University