Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd October (Open 9.00am to 5.00pm)
If you’re looking for something to do over this year’s Labour Weekend, maybe consider a trip to the beautiful Kaipara and check out our Sculpture Gardens. The 9th annual Helensville Arts in the Ville event which highlights the endeavours of local artists is also happening that weekend, so a great opportunity to also visit the township and check out some local artists whilst you’re in the area.
Based a few minutes north of Kaukapakapa on SH16, Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens are located within the local Plant Centre and has 3.5km of walking trails, which begin with our 1km sculpture & gardens trail, containing 40 fun and interactive sculptures created by local and international artists.
There are also two forest trails that meander through native forest containing streams with four small waterfalls as well as wonderful rural and Kaipara Harbour views along the way.
These trails are open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day. There is a modest entry fee charged (see below) which goes towards the upkeep of the tracks and gardens. Annual passes are also available.
There are seats and picnic tables located along the trails, as well as a games area within the gardens, so bring your picnic and spend the day relaxing away from the hubbub of the city. A great alternative to local beaches or reserves.
If you’re feeling energetic, there are additional walks available in the Kaukapakapa area; just 3km further up the road is the Omeru Reserve, which has recently been upgraded, with a well-formed 10minute walking track to the Waitangi falls, which is a popular swimming spot in the summer.
There is also a great play area for the kids plus our cute little coffee shop and of course the garden centre for you to browse around.
Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will also be on hand to help with any garden related questions.
* Sculpture and Nature Trails are not suitable for wheelchairs or walking frames.
Venue location: 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway (SH16), 4km north of Kaukapakapa.
Tickets: $15 per person or $35 per family (1 Adult & 2 Children)