Ludbrook House Garden and Orchard
NZ Gardens Trust Registered Garden ***

Historic Places Trust Cultural & Heritage Site
7491 State Highway One, Ohaeawai, Northland
New Zealand

The garden is where you will find Chris on most days. In 1989 she sold her physiotherapy practice and became addicted to gardening. The boundaries of the garden have been extended and ramble down the hillside to a summer dry/winter wet pond area and to accommodate the extensive orchard of fig trees.

The winter pond winter 2014

In 2008 the New Zealand Gardens Trust accepted Ludbrook House Garden as a registered *** three-star garden.

The garden is open to the public it is advisable to phone ahead: phone 4059846.

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The front garden border

Visit Ludbrook House Garden

  • Take as much time as you wish.
  • Stroll the large and rambling garden.
  • Explore the fig and citrus orchard where you are bound to find fruit to pick and eat.
  • Take in the view across Tupe Tupe, the farm.
  • Absorb the beauty of the rocks, the pa sites, the volcanos and wetlands.
  • Choose to sit awhile and take some refreshments.
  • Visit the on-site shop and select your artisan product(s).

Tea beneath the pepper tree

The on-site Shop

The orchard at Ludbrook House supplies the bulk of the figs, limes and plums that are three of the 34 gourmet food products handmade for Ludbrook House Fine Foods in the on-site commercially registered kitchen.





Fig trees were grown from cuttings taken from the 100 year-plus-old fig tree on the property.

Fig tree, 100 years-plus, still flourishes

A fig flower in the orchard

A bush lemon tree, also over 100 years still fruits with enthusiasm to supply some of the copious amounts of lemon juice required in the commercial kitchen.

Rocks were selected from the farm to build the stonewalls that surround the garden. Their natural beauty is used to create interesting landscaping features.

A stone birdbath

The 'ha-ha' stone fence protects the eastern view from the house

Twenty five magnolia trees and michelia doltsopa trees are a spring joy and an 80-year-old pepper tree supplies welcome shade in summer.

Begonia beneath the pepper tree

Magnolia Vulcan

Vireyas, bromeliads, orchids, palms and cycads mingle with hibiscus, clivia, azaleas, iris, roses and acanthus to name a few of the plants. Olive trees and an avocado have grown to be huge along with a giant liriodendron tulipifera and other exotic plantings.

Tree dahlia

Tropical Hibiscus

The native plants section is relatively new. It blends seamlessly with the more mature landscaping and demonstrates the rampant growth we experience here in Northland (especially the weeds!).

Native pigeon perch above Kowhai tree

Ludbrook House and Garden.
Tupe Tupe Farm Estate

7491 State Highway One, Ohaeawai, Bay of Islands NZ 0472

Telephone 00649 4059 846 - Mobile 027 4059 841 - E-mail

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