Te Whanga Garden

Te Whanga is a well known country garden East of Masterton in the Wairarapa covering 3.2 hectares. It was set out in a bare paddock almost 50 years ago, by the present owners grandparents.

The homestead commands a fine view down a long lawn to the country side beyond. Another vista runs at right angles and together allows cold air to drain away. Consequently the garden is almost frost free allowing some very tender plants to be grown.

This higher ground falls to two gullies which are planted in woodland style and filled with rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and other fine plants. Cardiocrinum giganteum (the giant Himalayan lily) and cyclamen species thrive in the leafy soil. There are many fine trees and of these Chiranthodendron pentadactylon is worth noting.