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.
Our garden was established thirteen years ago, however in 2014 and 2015 it was extensively remodelled to include hard landscaping from rock that is unique to Waiheke. Also added was a collection of Paul Dibble bronze sculptures.
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 area, tropical rhododendron (vireya) garden, rose garden, orchid and fern garden and 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 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 (winning the People’s Choice Award) and again in November 2015. Waiheke Island Garden Safari is an annual fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust, a non-profit organisation caring for Waiheke's sick children.