Our community Gardens rely on the commitment and generosity of community-minded companies, groups and individuals in order to flourish year after year.

Visitor Centre & Café


The Visitors Centre opened in December 2015, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, Trustees and interest groups, as well as the generosity of WDC, the Lottery Grants Board, ASB Community Trust and many other donors. We have a volunteer at the front desk to meet and greet visitors, and answer any questions you might have about the Gardens.


Quail Cafe is the perfect entry point to the gardens, where you can meet for coffee and lunch before heading in for a walk through the old Quarry. Excellent food enjoyed in lush surroundings, it has fast become a favourite for locals and tourists in search of an excellent coffee before an outing.


The Centre has drawn on the surrounding landscape for material inspiration and strives to connect visitors to the Gardens beyond. It features a meeting room for volunteers and local groups, public toilets, managers office, outdoor seating areas, kitchen facilities, and a café/dining room for around 80 people.


YOU can support our new Visitors Centre and Gardens by:

  •    Become a Member today

  •   Making a private donation to our Building Fund

  •   Paying what you can into our collection box at the entrance to the Whangarei Quarry Gardens      (providing plants for new gardens)

  •   Sharing our story with those who may be interested in supporting our community project.




Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a true-blue community project, relying almost entirely on volunteers to keep the Gardens thriving. We have a core group of dedicated locals who meet on-site every Monday and Wednesday at 8.30am and get stuck in to whatever needs doing. 


Tasks are varied: skilled gardening work, track maintenance, watering, weeding, event hosting, liasing with visitors, administrative work...and everything in between. Whatever time or skills you may have, YOU are needed and welcome at the Gardens! 


Please CONTACT us for info.         manager@whangareigardens.org.nz



If you or an organisation you are part of would like to sponsor a specific project at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, we'd love to hear from you!

Local Rotary groups, Whangarei District Council, and others have sponsored worthwhile projects in the past, such as signage, bridges, garden areas, stone walls etc.


Aside from the new Visitor Centre, we have areas of the Gardens that are in need of development. Our landscape master plan includes more information boards, high-quality plant labels, a lakeside pavilion/outdoor classroom, and upgrading the car-park areas.


Whether big or small, we have projects that need sponsorship. If you are interested, please contact us to become an integral part of the wonderful Whangarei Quarry Gardens story...



WQG Bank account (donations):

06 0493 0288 734 00



We are immensely grateful to all of the businesses that have supported our project and events over the years >>>

© 2013 Whangarei Quarry Gardens Trust

Telephone: +649 437 7210  

37a Russell Road, Kensington, Whangarei 0112

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