Whangārei Quarry Gardens

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

Whangārei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical oasis created by volunteers in the remnants of a former quarry.

The Gardens are open to the public and feature a plethora of NZ native and exotic plant species.

The Gardens have been a work in progress for over 17 years. They are the efforts of staff, volunteers, supporting companies and other interest groups. New volunteers are needed and most welcome.

Admission is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds used to purchase plants and equipment. Please do not take flowers or any part of any plant and stay on the paths.


Plenty of on-site parking is available at the Whangārei Quarry Gardens. 

In 2023, we completed a $800,000 project to upgrade and seal the driveway all the way from Russell Road to the upper carpark. The upper carpark has been sealed and marked out with 19 car spaces and five bus spaces.

What to expect

  • Maps and information at the Visitors Centre.
  • Refreshments at the cafe at entrance.
  • Subtropical and arid gardens.
  • Native forest walks (connecting to Coronation Reserve).
  • Waterfalls, streams, and a lake.
  • Quarry ruins and tunnels.
  • A scented Camellia collection.


37A Russell Road, Kensington, Kensington 0112  View Map

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