Wrights Water Gardens


The Garden

Wrights Watergardens surround the Mauku Waterfall, Stream and rock quarry. The gardens are on several levels where numerous pathways, bridges and ponds lead you to surprise after surprise. Unique growing situations are found in this one garden due to the huge rock face and abundant water. Over 80 varieties of water lilies and exotic lotus cover the ponds during the summer months where thousands of flowers create a magical kaleidoscope of colour. Aquatic plants like Japanese Iris, Thalia, Pontederia and Hibiscus are planted close to the ponds. Beyond are plantings of natives and exotic bulbs, perennials, trees and annuals.

The sunny north-facing rock wall is perfect for cactus succulent, aloes and tropical plants while the shady south facing side suits orchids, ferns, palms etc. At the bottom of the waterfall the path leads down to the shady garden and the newly developed Island. This is like a different world to the levels above with the tree ferns, bromeliads, primula, astilbe and other shade loving plants. Not to be missed is the rock garden, the bolder garden, the Balinese Temple and the large wedding lawn. The summer house is the ideal place to sit and relax while viewing the waterfall and the wood pigeons that are garden residents. This is a garden for the nature lover who can't resist all plants. Soak up the health-giving ions from the waterfall or relax and meditate at one of the many secluded quiet locations. Check out the eels and turtles. Don't forget your camera. View Map

The Gardener

Ronesh and Sanjana are the new owners of the Wrights Water Gardens and Cafe as of October 2016.  They also own of Amphora Restaurant in Botany which is an Italian/ Mediterranean fusion restaurant.

The new landlord for the Garden is really passionate about the maintenance of the garden and its environment. There are 2 full time gardeners who look after the garden and make sure it is well maintained.


Garden Details

128 Mauku Road Franklin-Auckland. We are located 45 minutes south of Auckland city. How to find us: Exit SH 1 at Drury - turn right to SH 22. 8 km to Pukekohe Golf Club (on right)/Caltex (on left). Take right lane & turn right into Glenbrook Road. After 2 km, turn left into Ostrich Road. Turn right at Patumahoe; 2 km turn right.
09) 2363211 mobile 0211208553
09) 2363007
Contact Person
Sanjana Ram
Garden Trading hours :
Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm ( closed after Mothers Day until the 1st of October very year)

Cafe & Bar Trading Hours :
Thursday to Sunday 11am to 3pm

Group Booking for Breakfast or Dinner can be arranged by appointment.
Garden Size
The quarry has now been transformed into a 7-acre garden, beautiful in all seasons.
Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Children (5-15yrs) $6, Family (2 adults & 2 children) $30.
Kids Under 5 Free. Dogs are free.
Brochure Available?
Close to 80 carpark space at the reception area. Suitable for busses, coaches and cars.
Cafe toilets available.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
With the view of natural surrounding and sound of waterfall, flow of indoor and outdoor sitting, Our Garden Cafe, run by current owners of Amphora Restaurant in Botany Junction, offers a wide variety of tasty buds to satisfy almost everyone.
With freshly made salads, pizza's, burgers, kiwi style fish & chips to Vegetarian and GF options.
Our cabinet selection offers sweet slices, sandwiches, scones and muffins to go with that your freshly brewed Coffee.
We also have a extensive range of beverages from top international beers to local award winning Wines.

We also specialise in Wedding & all Events catering and customise menus to suit your needs.
Wheelchair Access
Yes some areas are suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs Allowed
We warmly invite you to bring your dog out to enjoy the gardens with you. We ask that you bring a leash and clean up any mess the dog may make.
Children Allowed
The gardens are a great place for a family day out. Kids especially love our turtle colony, feeding the chicken and turkeys! Due to height and water hazards, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Whether it is your photos, ceremony, reception or all three, we can cater for all your wedding venue and catering requirements. The choice is yours as to how little or how much of your special day you want to celebrate in the gardens.
Plants/Other Sales
Our garden shop has an excellent range of top quality crafts and gifts, which include work from local artists, bronzes, souvenirs, ceramics, garden novelties to name a few. Waterlily, Lotus and Aquatic plants are our speciality. Pond tabs (aquatic fertiliser), pots, ponds, pumps and water displays are available in our nursery.
Guided Tours
By arrangement.
Function Center Available?
Yes by arrangement.
Other Facilities
Venue Hire for Wedding, Birthdays, Corporate Functions and any  Special Occasions.

With the opening of our new summerhouse, we have another fantastic location for hire. The summerhouse is perfect for  Wedding Ceremony, family gatherings, reunions, group visits, day trips and more.

Other features include a wishing well (the money goes towards guide dog training), a small Buddhist temple, eels, fish and turtles.