Wrights Water Gardens is a private garden developed around the historic Mauku waterfall and quarry.
The gardens are located 128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe and are open October through May, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. During the winter months (June to August) the gardens are only open weekends.
There is also a café, gift shop and nursery onsite. The gardens are a popular venue for weddings and private functions.
Adults are $12, Seniors $10, Children $6. Dogs on a leash are most welcome.
The Mauku waterfall and stream is the focal point of the gardens. Back in the 1800s there was a huge waterwheel located at top of the waterfall, which powered a nearby flax mill. This was dismantled in 1869, and the area became a popular picnic spot for locals.
Following the Second World War the land was turned into a rock quarry. After the quarry was abandoned the site was left unkempt with rubbish and weeds growing for the next forty years.
The quarry was developed into a 4 acre garden, which opened in 1992. Numerous pathways and bridges weave through this the magical garden.
The Hardy Waterlilies flower around September finishing late March. Tropical waterlilies start flowering in mid December finishing in May, and the Lotus start following in late December finishing in late February.
As well as the water gardens there are several special features including a wedding lawn, rock garden, boulder garden, Oriental garden, wishing well, and the Balinese Temple, a Buddhist temple.
The new owners of the gardens have also placed various sculptures and statues throughout the gardens.