Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden is located on beautiful Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, a 35 minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland, New Zealand. Waiheke has become popular for its vineyards, restaurants, beaches and walking tracks, and is a prominent New Zealand tourist destination.
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden is located in Enclosure Bay on the northern side of Waiheke. It is a two acre garden surrounded on two sides by McKenzie Reserve, a twelve acre regenerating native reserve. The property was originally four separate properties, the first was purchased in December 2000. The garden started from a small vegetable garden and between 2014 & 2017 it was extensively redesigned and landscaped to include hard landscaping from rock that is unique to Waiheke.
A collection of Paul Dibble bronze sculptures was added in 2015. Over the past two decades Paul Dibble has emerged as a significant figure in New Zealand sculpture. His bronze works are eagerly sought after locally and with his successful commission of the New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial in London (2006), Dibble has gained an increasingly strong international following.
Our garden has been landscaped to allow for plenty of plant diversity, including a tropical garden, woodland garden of camellias and magnolias, tropical rhododendron (vireya) garden, rose garden, fern garden, Japanese inspired garden and herb garden with vegetable plantings and orchard.
Waiheke has a history of being a challenging environment to establish a garden because of its poor soil conditions with minimal soil and being predominately clay, coastal winds laden with salt spray and long dry summers with little rain. Pushing the boundary of plant diversity in this challenging landscape is something we strive for.
November 2015 marked our opening to the public for viewing by appointment only. Our garden was part of the annual Waiheke Island Garden Safari in November 2011 and 2015, winning the People’s Choice Award in both years. The Waiheke Garden Safari hosted a private fundraising event in 2016.
UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS
Sunday, 12 November 2017 from 2-5pm. The Waiheke Garden Festival will host a fundraising Garden Party with Lynda Hallinan. See Waiheke Garden Festival Garden Party for tickets.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 The New Zealand Flower and Garden Show have a garden tour to Waiheke Island and are including Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens in their tour. See NZFGS What's On for info and tickets.