Ponds | Land­scaped Gar­dens | Hot·Tub

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Park Like Surroundings

The house is approached via a long curved drive with mature plant­ing along all bound­aries. There is a wide range of native ever­greens and decid­u­ous exotic trees under-​planted with thriv­ing rhodo­den­drons in the Japan­ese Gar­den - which fea­tures a pagoda, a bridge and a land­scaped stream-​bed which is fed by a spring in wet weather. The wood­land theme con­tin­ues with exten­sive drifts of white-​flowering renga ren­gas and self-​seeding blue forget-​me-​nots in spring. Deep in leaf-​mulch these gar­dens are very easy-​care. Wood-​pigeons, tuis, bell-​birds and fan­tails abound. See images slideshow above.

The drive opens out through two-​metre high river-​stone pil­lars to an expan­sive view of the ponds and lawns on the north­ern side of the house - a ride-​on mower makes easy work of these; and to a fully-​fenced horse pad­dock on the south­ern side. The cur­rent own­ers have two sheep in here which keep the grass low and pro­duce two sets of twin lambs each year. A stand of blue-​gums amidst recently re-​landscaped and replanted natives enhances the back­drop to this pad­dock and Japan­ese maples pro­vide bril­liant colour dur­ing both Spring and Autumn. A set of raised and cov­ered veg­etable and herb gar­den beds pro­vide sea­sonal produce.

The main attrac­tion is how­ever the pond com­plex. The natural-​looking man-​made ponds are linked by a pic­turesque water­fall bounded by large boul­ders. Dur­ing spring and sum­mer the native grasses planted here are off­set by enthu­si­as­ti­cally flow­er­ing white ‘snow in sum­mer’ ground cover. Sev­eral weep­ing wil­lows - yet to reach matu­rity over­hang the water with stun­ning effect. The back-​drop to the ponds is a sturdy three-​metre high struc­ture - spec­tac­u­larly draped with a pair of weep­ing blue cedars. Fences are mostly lichen-​covered board with equally appeal­ing lichen-​covered farm gates pro­vid­ing both effec­tive land­scap­ing style and through access as necessary.

Out­door Hot Tub

The hot-​tub is adja­cent to the house and linked to it by a long per­gola. The plant­i­ngs which clois­ter the hot-​tub include pit­tospo­rum, pseudo-​panax and pohutukawa. The hot-​tub is raised pro­vid­ing mag­nif­i­cent views down through the bush-​clad river gorge dur­ing the day. Sev­eral mature black beech trees are night-​lit cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal and relax­ing envi­ron­ment in the evening. The hot-​tub also over­looks the bank slop­ing down to the river which is being pro­gres­sively planted in mini toi toi, conif­er­ous ground-​covers, small flaxes and some tree ferns. Self-​sown clus­ters of smaller black beech trees and some manuka are also thriv­ing all along this bank as it mean­ders down to the river. These rest­ful, park-​like gar­dens have been suc­cess­fully land­scaped as mainly ‘green’ fea­tur­ing some red from the flow­er­ing pohutukawas and a lit­tle gold from the kowhai trees here and there.