Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a community garden project created by volunteers in the forested western hills of Whangarei City, located approximately 5 mins drive from Discovery Settlers Hotel. Entry to Gardens is by gold coin donation.
With the ongoing support of Whangarei District Council, Community Employment Groups and many loyal sponsors and friends, the once dilapidated quarry site has become a subtropical oasis for all to enjoy.
With an annual rainfall of 1500-2000 mm per year and New Zealand's highest average temperatures, Northland possesses a truly subtropical climate. At Whangarei Quarry Gardens these climatic conditions, coupled with the sheltered and heat-radiating properties of a stone quarry, create an ideal microclimate for growing a plethora of native and exotic subtropical plants.
Perfect growing conditions aside, it has taken 16 years of sheer hard work and community dedication to grow Whangarei Quarry Gardens into their current form. The project has been a labour of love for the Northland community, created through the blood, sweat, and laughter of volunteers, supporting companies and other interest groups.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a wonderful work in progress - historically fascinating, botanically captivating, and a beautiful reflection of the power of community.
In late 2015 the Quail Cafe at the Quarry Gardens opened its doors. A truly magical place for lunch with views over a stream and lush native bush and flowers. The Quail Cafe serves delicious fresh food, great coffee and homemade sweets baked daily. Open Wed - Sun 9am - 3pm.
Contact our friendly Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei team for more information about the Whangarei Quarry Gardens and Quail Cafe