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Ayrlies Garden

125 Potts Road | Whitford, Manukau, Auckland 2571, New Zealand
+64 9-530 8706
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“If you think of gardening as an art form, Ayrlies is the best expression of that art”. Ayrlies is one of the select few New Zealand Gardens of International Significance. Bev McConnell presents a garden that is nearing maturity and is recognised for both design and horticultural excellence. The millennium year spurred a new project creating a wetland in the surrounding 10 acres which is now home to many native and visiting wildlife.
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125 Potts Road | Whitford, Manukau, Auckland 2571, New Zealand
+64 9-530 8706

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

In a period of rather radical new directions in garden design, this private estate is rather mature and fairly timeless, to the extent that gardens, which are always changing, can be. It features carefully planned vistas across lawns, defined by trees, plus running water and...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Food for the mind. Truly artistic and yet so natural. We lost ourselves for a few hours in this lovely garden and had our questions answered by Jackie and our book signed by Bev McConnell herself. My highlight was the guided tour by Bosco the...More

Thank berily72
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We visited the garden in November with friends who were staying with us from Wellington who had planned to attend the (postponed) NZ Flower & Garden show. While it was a bit of a drive from our house in West Auckland. We were delighted that...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 21 November 2016

A beautiful very big garden. Magic corners everywhere you look. So much effort and talent invested in this amazing place. What a big generosity of this family to open the gates to everyone. Thank you so much, we had a wonderful time, my husband and...More

Thank beniolah
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This wonderful garden is a peaceful haven close to Auckland. Thirty years ago the owners bought a field and have lovingly transformed it with beautiful water features and exquisite planting. The swimming pool area and surrounding gardens are so inviting! When we were there a...More

Thank SometimesTraveller
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

A sense it all started with love and care. Bird Life complemented well. The scenery beyond the fence equally breath taking.

Thank Ruby L
Reviewed 6 December 2015

Perfection of design and cultivation makes for a tranquil and positively therapeutic visit. Certainly the best garden in New Zealand and up there with the world's very best. [Stayed at Brookwood Lodge; see review]

1  Thank Ecureuil2014
Reviewed 4 November 2015

We had a bit of confusion thinking it was an open day and instead turned up to see a "by appointment" sign. Fortunately the owner was lovely when we approached her on the grounds, and it turns out we weren't the only ones who lobbed...More

Thank Lissel A
Reviewed 28 September 2015

This is a a truly majestic place. I loved the peaceful surroundings and enjoyed all the interesting variety

Thank Timmy R
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Floriade tours claimed this was the top garden in NZ, which prompted us to go when in Auckland. We spent a glorious autumn afternoon there. The orange, red and gold leaves on the trees, falling and leaving a golden carpet on the deep green grass...More

1  Thank GrahamJBeenleigh
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