Located on Waiheke Island, our two acre garden is an oasis of plant diversity to experience including a private collection of sculptures by New Zealand sculptors Paul Dibble, Phil Price & Ray Hayden.
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden is a privately owned garden that is open to the public for a private (exclusive use) guided tour and high tea between the 1st October & 31st March by prior appointment only. Bookings are essential.
We call our garden a New Zealand Country Garden, offering an extensive range of plant diversity to enjoy as you meander through the tropical
garden, woodland garden of camellias, magnolias & clivia, vireya (tropical rhododendron) garden, fernery, rose gardens, Japanese
inspired garden, herb garden with vegetable plantings and orchard, and monach butterfly enclosures. Two sides of the property are bordered
by McKenzie Reserve, a twelve acre regenerating native reserve adding to its very private and secluded ambience.
Open by appointment only. Bookings are essential.
November 2017 Sunday Star Times, Lynda Hallinan: From Issac Newton to Oprah, some people are just slow learners (by Lynda Hallinan)
Excerpt from Lynda Hallinan's article, Sunday Star Times (19 November 2017, p. E19):
'The Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden on Waiheke Island is the most beautiful garden I have ever visited in New Zealand, and I have visited a lot of gardens. It has everything: sculpture, sentiment, a serene fernery, fat strawberries, heritage roses, lush lawns and gardeners who hand-clip the carpeting pratia with scissors.'
This is a privately owned garden open to the public for private guided tours only. Prior bookings are essential.
$250 for 1- 5 guests & $50 for each additional guest. We do not offer discounts.
Tours are limited to 10 guests, that is, the number of adults and children cannot exceed ten (10).
We do not join tours/bookings with other guests.
Guided Tour & High Tea
You will be guided through the garden by our head gardener(s). You will have private/exclusive use of the entire garden, that is, your tour will not be joined by any other guests.
Approximately one hour into your tour you will be served high tea in our cafe, which includes a delicious selection of freshly baked scones,
savouries and sweets, tea and espresso coffee made by our barista, with freshly roasted beans from a local Waiheke Island roaster. Our high
tea menu is lacto-ovo vegetarian unless we alter it for your specific dietary requests.
Please allow 2.5 hours for your tour & high tea. This is a substantial garden.