Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand

History-The Wharepuke property was brought in 1938 by Stanton Booth. He was attracted by the good soil, warm climate and good fishing in the surrounding area. Robin Booth, one of his 4 sons moved back to the family land in 1993 and started a subtropical nursery and started the planting of the gardens.

Things evolve….Today we have:

  • 5 acres of lush subtropical “Gardens of Significance” NZGT for the public to enjoy
  • 5 cottages were built nestled into the gardens as tourist accommodation
  •  Mark Gravers Nontoxic Printmaking Studio where courses are offered by appointment
  • A purpose built art gallery
  • An old Army Barrack (16 x 9.5m) was transported all the way from Auckland on the back of a truck, renovated, and now is a Cafe/Restaurant onsite