These beautiful and tranquil gardens are on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour. Water-lilly ponds, mature trees, flower gardens and natural wetlands the gardens are a delight year round. And with many varieties of birds wandering free and in aviaries this special corner of New Zealand is truely unique.ENQUIRE VISIT WEBSITE
The Bird Gardens are on the outskirts of katikati and were created in 1976 when local visionary Chris Parker set to work landscaping a little over ten acres of land running down to the harbours edge.
With his English background, botanical knowledge and the sites natural attributes of fresh water springs, ponds and wetlands he transformed this once bare land into a beautiful and special garden.
Sealed paths meander through spectacular golden Swamp Cypress, water trickles its way to the sea through an elaborate series of ponds.
Most of the original plantings remain to this day and year round colour is provided by the giant camellias and magnolias brightening the winter hues, azaleas and lilies form the spring and summer palettes with shades of green, red, yellow and orange from the trees. Several native birds are on display, if you visit over winter you may be lucky enough to see Kotuku Ngutu Papa or Royal Spoonbill swooping over the ponds , certainly to hear the distinctive croak of white faced herons as they glide between treetops. and late winter dozens of Tuis in the flowering cherries.
For Bird enthusiasts the gardens are an oasis. Set on the edge of the harbour with a purpose built man made fresh water lake and with natural saline wetlands visitors can get up close and experience a fantastic area of the gardens.
The wetlands area are home to a number of Kawaupaka (little shags) and white faced herons nest in the magnolias, black swans and a variety of ducks grace the ponds.
In the more formal areas of the gardens visitors can see Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Kakariki ( NZ Parakeet).
The gardens have approximately 1.5kms of paths. These are tar sealed on slopes or in possible damp areas and are wheel chair friendly. The paths are 1.4 metres wide so our Golf carts can negotiate them. The garden and aviary tour is a 45 - 60 minute walk The paths have directional arrows which lead to and from the lawn below the cafe. There are also secondary paths for the more adventurous. These for example lead down from the wedding lawn into the dell. The Moa and wetland walks which are a real highlight.
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Katikati Bird Gardens
263 Walker Road East
263 Walker Road East
10am - 4.30pm, 7 days.
Aongatete , between Tauranga and Katikati
Mon 10:00am to 4:30pm
Tue 10:00am to 4:30pm
Wed 10:00am to 4:30pm
Thu 10:00am to 4:30pm
Fri 10:00am to 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am to 4:30pm
Sun 10:00am to 4:30pm