Deep in the heart of Whitford’s serene countryside, this 20-acre Zen-inspired garden ascends a hill to command huge views of Auckland city, the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. A spectacular fusion of art and botanical knowledge, Zen Garden is a place to be inspired, uplifted and renewed.

Floating river rocks invite you to walk on water. Oriental buildings give the eye exotic shapes to admire. Contemporary sculptures merge with artful landscaping to create a series of beautiful places and serene spaces. A lively, clear stream runs along the garden’s western border, the garden enchants visitors with surprise after surprise. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy lunch in the shade of a gazebo, or spread your rug beneath an ancient tree and luxuriate in the coastal-country panorama.

Paths wander into the forest, where you’ll find giant kauri and puriri trees that have been growing for many hundreds of years - put your hands on a 700-year-old tree and make a wish.

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