Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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    Quarry Gardens Whangarei

    Nestled in the remains of a once active rock quarry the Whangarei quarry gardens are a jewel for garden lovers in the Northland Region of New Zealand and located only 5 minutes from the cbd the gardens are easily accessible for all to see.

    The site of the Whangarei gardens was a busy rock quarry producing aggregate for roading in the area from 1944 up to 1974 when a severe flood stopped all operations at the quarry, the owners Winstone aggregate donated the 25 hectare site to the city council for parks and reserve use.

    The land remained unused until 1990 when a man named Laughton King negotiated with the Whangarei Council to look at turning the unused land into a garden for the people of Whangarei, a group called the friends of the quarry garden formed and started clearing the site in 1997.

    As the garden site was used for a rubbish dump for decades clearing the site of old car bodies etc took some work and by 2000 the council passed the responsibility of the site over to the Whangarei Quarry Gardens Trust who maintain the gardens to this day.

    2005 was not a good year for the gardens as an arsonist set fire to the hills surrounding the quarry destroying a large area of native bush, in 2006 volunteers planted some 10,000 native trees on the regenerating hillside to help regrow the areas native bush. 

    Despite the numerous set backs in developing the old quarry site into a place every could enjoy, today the Whangarei Quarry Gardens are a fantastic place to visit with many varieties of native and non native trees and shrubs to look at.

    The quarry gardens feature a large man made lake under the towering cliffs left from the aggregate mining with a landscaped perimeter the lake is a great place to see, a walking track winds up the side of the quarry face with views down to the lake and back across the gardens.

    There are several walking tracks within the gardens some through regenerating Kauri trees and another through the remains of the concrete, rock processing plant that is perched precariously on the side of a steep incline.

    For the more adventurous garden lover the waterfall Crest lookout track wiill give you a good workout, the track follows up a steep ascent and along a ridge line to the top of the waterfall that spills out over the lake the track is not maintained very well and could be extremely slippery in wet weather the view of the gardens from the top is great though. 

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    Andrew Bergersen
    Author: Andrew BergersenWebsite: https://www.hikingtrails.co.nzEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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