We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wrights Watergardens

Closed: Closed
Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
Great photographic opportunities

I had no idea of this place's existence until 2 hours before being taken there, and as a keen... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
New Zealand
Quite Small

We came with a grabone ticket for half the price. I think I would have been a little disappointed... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand
Read all 51 reviews
All photos (51)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent13%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible19%
Travellers talk about
“old quarry”(2 reviews)
Wrights Watergardens and Water Garden Function Centre is a unique watergarden located 45 minutes south of Auckland city. Features include ponds, gardens and pathways surround the historic Mauku Waterfall and rock quarry. The beautiful garden is a...more
Hours Today: Closed
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe, Auckland 2678, New Zealand
+64 9-236 3211
Reviews (51)
Filter reviews
50 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful water an hour's drive old quarry under new management water lily mango smoothie lilies picnic auckland
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 50 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2018

I had no idea of this place's existence until 2 hours before being taken there, and as a keen photographer, always on the look out for new subject matter. This is an old quarry turned into some interesting gardens back into the 90s, closed a...More

Thank Kay004
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Waited an hour for our food. Lunch time. The gift shop was dull of Asian items. Spent a bit of money for lunch it would of been nice to go in the gardens for free. Such a shame as I remember the gift shop being...More

Thank H8289BTdenises
Reviewed 22 January 2018

After viewing the web Site "which must be old" we were extremely disappointed. The ponds were stagnant and over grown with weed. Paths were in disrepair. I nearly tripped on a loose paving stone and hand rails were rotten. Health & safety would have a...More

Thank cjmoir83
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We took my mother for a lunch at the gardens but didn’t wander through them. I grew up near by and we used to play in the old quarry below the water fall. We camped there many a night, living off the catch of the...More

Thank MarkE20
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Extremely unkept, dangerous, and no helpful signs posted for pathways. We hit dead ends several times and struggled tofind our way out. Water was stagnant and rancid, and the buildings, wooden railings and bridges were rotten and many were broken. My grandchildren were lucky to...More

Thank Jan7bre
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We came with a grabone ticket for half the price. I think I would have been a little disappointed if we paid the full price. The gardens are quite beautiful but felt that the place needs to be a bit bigger.

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 9 January 2018

If one wants a purist garden with a manicure flare, this will not be a day at that kind of spa. However, if one wants a more natural spatial relaxation with an immersion into some rustic eccentricity, streaming backyard meanderings, quiet pools, and a waterfall...More

Thank candidcanada
Reviewed 31 December 2017

This garden is about an hour's drive from the centre of Auckland. It mostly features its waterfall, beautiful water plants, and a rusticity that comes with natural gardens. To a degree, the gardens are not spotless but more natural and peaceful rather than pristine. They...More

1  Thank James M
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We decided to visit after viewing the website, however on entry discovered a run down and unmaintained mess. Broken statues and pottery, weeds everywhere, unsafe bridges, and generally in poor repair. The cafe looked in need of a total overhaul. This place has lots of...More

Thank Julia5204
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Drove here to show a German friend only to find out that the gardens were closed. The area surrounding the garden/shop were a total mess. Overgrown, dirty water, disgraceful. We felt sorry for the animals. As for the Cafe - well that was pathetic. Expensive,...More

4  Thank AmandaA4929
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Touchwood Motor Lodge
158 reviews
8.06 km away
Aveda Motor Lodge
103 reviews
8.11 km away
Tuakau Hotel
155 reviews
13.78 km away
Papakura Motor Lodge & Motel
54 reviews
17.35 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3 nearby restaurants
The Butcher's Shop Cafe
5 reviews
1.59 km away
Poco Loco Tapas Restaurant
154 reviews
7.80 km away
The Village Bar & Kitchen
33 reviews
1.53 km away
cafe Kaos
158 reviews
8.04 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all nearby attractions
Spookers Haunted Attractions
226 reviews
7.08 km away
Asylum Paintball
25 reviews
7.40 km away
Pure Indulgence Wellness Spa
7 reviews
7.60 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
15 March 2015|
Response from Vicky H | Reviewed this property |
I have rung up before and asked to book a table on a Saturday for lunch and they said they didn't take bookings so I assumed there was no cafe. I went there today for the first time and there is a cafe, but it seems to... More