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Whangarei Quarry Gardens
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Whangarei Quarry Gardens which includes a park

Enjoy the fruits of this remarkable community garden project as you explore areas planted with species of indigenous and subtropical plants.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens are a community-run project that feature landscaped gardens, a visitor centre and a café. Explore the many gardens that include a collection of camellias and an area with cacti and succulents. Whangarei Quarry Gardens is home to a regenerating forest that is teeming with indigenous plants.

From 1940 to 1974, the site was a fully operational quarry. Notice remnants of this former industry: the concrete foundations, corroded steel fittings and tunnel entrances jutting out of the forested hillside. In the late 20th century, the area was handed over to hard-working volunteers who created the lush public gardens existing today.

Stop at the Five Senses Garden to see a beautiful display of plants and sculptures. This particular garden invites visitors to admire a selection of indigenous plant species. Other gardens include the Bromeliad Garden, a shaded slope with orchids and other attractive flowering plants.

See a colourful display of camellias in the Fragrant Camellia Collection. This garden is one of the most popular places in Whangarei Quarry Gardens and is recognised for its rare camellia species, many of which are not found in any other public gardens in the world. Another highlight is the Arid Garden, with an impressive collection of cacti and succulents.

A regenerating indigenous forest covers most of the 24-hectare (60-acre) former quarry area. Explore the forested hillsides and look for its many birds, including pīwakawakas (fantails) and kotares (kingfishers) foraging in the bush and flying above. Notice how the new subtropical growth merges seamlessly with the surrounding forest. The site features streams, waterfalls and a peaceful lake.

Find the Whangarei Quarry Gardens just 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) from the centre of Whangarei. The gardens have a small café serving coffee, pastries and light meals. Stop at the visitor centre for restrooms and outdoor seating areas. The gardens are open daily and the café is open Wednesday to Sunday. Entry to the gardens is by donation.

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Motel Sierra
3 out of 5
26 Western Hills Drive, Whau Valley, Whangarei
The price is NZ$125 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated in Whangarei, this motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Whangarei Quarry Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Tuatara Gallery ...
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Kingswood Manor Motel
3.5 out of 5
260 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The price is NZ$130 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Mair Park and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Falls and Tuatara ...
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Grand Hotel, Whangarei
2.5 out of 5
2 Bank Street, Northland, Whangarei
The price is NZ$90 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of Whangarei, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tuatara Gallery and Claphams Clock Museum. Whangarei Art Museum and Claphams National ...
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"Old but clean and tidy staff very good. Helped me out when booking wasn’t quite right."

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