About Us

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 Island 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 Island. The two acre garden is surrounded on two sides by McKenzie Reserve, a twelve acre native reserve. The garden was originally four separate properties, the first was purchased in December 2000. The garden started from very small beginnings with a vegetable patch, and it grew with no plan to what it is today. Between 2014 & 2018 it was extensively landscaped and then another major redevelopment started in March 2020 & was completed in December 2021.

SCULPTURE
The garden includes a significant private collection of outdoor sculptures from internationally acclaimed New Zealand sculptors. Eight Paul Dibble bronze sculptures were installed in 2015, including The Gold of the Kowhai, a 3.5 metre (12 feet) bronze sculpture with a patina of 24 caret gold leaf to mimic the New Zealand native kowhai flower, a graceful 5 metre (17 feet) high Phil Price carbon fibre composite kinetic sculpture called Liberace,and a Ray Hayden corten steel sculputre, both of which were installed in 2019.

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CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
Waiheke Island has a history of being an extremely challenging environment to establish a garden because of its poor soil conditions being predominately clay with minimal topsoil, coastal winds laden with salt spray and long hot/dry summers with very little rain. Pushing the boundary of plant diversity in this challenging landscape is something we strive for.

The garden opened to the public in November 2015.

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MEDIA

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.'

November 2017 Shared Kitchen Award winning cookbook author Julie Biuso shares her visit to Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens before the upcoming November 2017 Waiheke Island Garden Festival fundraising Garden Party.

March 2016 NZ Gardener, Garden of the Week: Sacred Blessing Sanctuary, Waiheke Island (by Carol Bucknell)

March 2016 NZ Herald, The Secret Garden (by Jane Jeffries)

November 2015 Waiheke Marketplace, Sacred Blessing Sanctuary gets the most votes from Waiheke Island Garden Safari (by George Gardner)

PREVIOUS PUBLIC EVENTS

November 2017 New Zealand Flower and Garden Show Garden Tours

November 2017 The Waiheke Garden Festival hosted a fundraising Garden Party with gardening guru Lynda Hallinan and canapes by award winning cookbook author Julie Biuso from Shared Kitchen.

February 2017 Waiheke Island Art Gallery hosted a fundraising Garden Party celebrating NZ sculptor Paul Dibble.

November 2016 The Waiheke Garden Safari hosted a private garden tour as part of their Xanthe White fundraising luncheon. As part of their annual fundraising event for the Jassy Dean Trust, caring for sick children on Waiheke.

November 2015 Waiheke Island Garden Safari, a fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust. Winner of the People's Choice Award.

November 2011 Waiheke Island Garden Safari, a fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust. Winner of the People's Choice Award.