Community gardens are a great place to learn gardening skills, share your knowledge with others and make new friends.
The community gardens in this directory are listed mostly from North to South. For those community gardens where there is little information, more details will be added as soon as they are available.
If your community garden is not listed here please contact the site coordinator through the Contact Form. Many Marae also have community gardens: websites for some Marae gardens may be found on the Marae Gardens page of this site at this link: http://www.growtogether.org.nz/category/community-gardens-and-other-projects/marae-gardens/
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Oromahoe Community Garden
Oromahoe Primary School, Oromahoe
Rangihamama Garden Community Project
34 Ngapuhi Rd, Kaikohe
Auckland Teaching Gardens:
This scheme gives beginner gardeners a chance to learn to garden in a plot of land in a park with the assistance of a mentor. After participating in this programme, people will have have the skills they need to establish a garden at home.
The contact people for each garden are below:
Vija Kumar 09 2788154
Rebecca Ru 0221261814
Digger Harris 0210670786
Daya Ram 09 2754776
Yvonne Thomas 0274997006
Graeme Hansen 0211528020
Gordon Muir 09 2637511
Monday Poaiti 0211068385
Don Armstrong 02108537669
Zahoor Sheik 0211862384
Chairman of Auckland Teaching Gardens
Panmure East Residents Association Community Garden
4a Coral Crescent Panmure, Auckland 1072
This garden has been running for five years (as of 2015) and its open days are Friday and Sundays 9:30 am- 11:30am or you may visit by setting up a time. Then contact person is Nerissa Henry 021 073 6995
Ranui Community Gardens
The coordinator for this garden can be emailed on Ranuiemail@example.com.
You can also find information about this garden on Facebook in the community pages under “Ranui garden” or Ranui community house website at this link http://www.ranuicommunityhouse.co.nz/community-garden.html.
Millbrook Edible Gardens (MEG)
Te Atatu Peninsula Community Garden
Te Atatu Peninsula, Waitakere
CCS Disability Action Community Garden
Royal Oak, Auckland
Grey Lynn Community Gardens
Grey Lynn, Auckland
Wilton Street Community Garden
Wilton Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Kingsland Community Gardens
Mangere Community Gardens
Mangere Community Health Trust, Manukau
Highland Park Community House Community Garden
427 Pakuranga Highway behind the Eastgate Community Centre. For more information 09-534-5584
This garden is currently (June 2013) running a course called “The Healthy Edible Garden” on Mondays from 1 to 2.30 pm each week.
This organic vegetable gardening course will give you the confidence to start your own vegetable patch, even if you’ve never sown a seed before. 427 Pakuranga Highway behind the Eastgate Community Centre. For more information 09-534-5584
Devonport Community Garden
Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Kelmarna Organic City Farm
12 Hukanui Crescent, Herne Bay. Tel (09) 376 0472. Open most days 9am-5pm
Waterview Community Garden
Meets Saturday Morning at Waterview Primary School, Oakley Ave entrance
EcoMatters Environment Trust Community Gardens
1 & 4 Olympic Place, New Lynn, Waitakere
Bay of Plenty
Whakatane Community Gardens
20 King Street
Hannah Irakau Pehi 027 513 4703
whakatanecommunitygardens [at symbol] hotmail [dot] com
This garden offers 50% of our kiwifruit crate beds to community groups and schools, and the remaining beds are cared for by volunteers with the aim of providing free food and education to the community. The food is distributed to the community by having it available on two produce stands situated on site.
Titirangi Community Garden
Behind Te Poho o Rawiri Marae, Ranfurly St, Kaiti, Gisborne
Te Runanga o Te Whanau a Apanui Community Gardens
Whitianga, near the mouth of the Motu River
Ruatoki Community Gardens
Maori Women’s Welfare League / Te Huinga a Matariki ki Tuhoe.
Phone Mina Timutimu 07-312 9222, Hine Kane 07-312 9606 or Sandy Watene 07-312 9377
KEA (Kawerau Enterprise Agency) Community Gardens Project
Situated behind the House of Hope, Tamarangi Drive, Kawerau. Phone Kelly 07-323 7377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s Get Growing
This is an allotment-style community garden in the Otumoetai Railway Reserve on Otumoetai Road, Tauranga
Waikato Community Gardens Network
The Network was formed in 2011 and meets twice a year. The Network has a Google Group email list at this link https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/waikato-community-gardens-network with open membership where you can hear about events, open days, etc.
Grandview Community Garden
Located in Grandview Road, Grandview, Hamilton.
A Waikato International Community Garden Project (WIC)
http://ooooby.ning.com/group/wic – see the Community Gardening discussion
Phone Clare and Tim, WIC Community Garden Mentors, ph 021 224 3109 to arrange a visit or to start a garden.
Bright Smile Community Garden
712 Mackay Street, Thames
Hannah’s Bay Community Gardens
Hannahs Bay Reserve, Rotorua. This has been in operation for eight years. Contact Denise La Grouw email@example.com
Central North Island
129 Atirau Road, Turangi
Opunake Community Gardens
Heaphy Road, Opunake
Marfell Community Garden
Marfell Combined Culture Centre, 56 Cook St, Marfell, New Plymouth. Phone Janeen on (06) 7580035. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.30am-3pm, plus many free weekend workshops and gardening bees. Look out for ads in the Midweek community newspaper.
Aramoho Community Garden and Food Forest
Wai Ora, 49 Brunswick Road, Aramoho, Whanganui. Contact Wai Ora (06) 343-5015
Brandon Street Intermediate School Garden
Cannons Creek, Porirua
The garden is on the school grounds. For more information contact Alicia Rich at alicia.rich [at] brandon.school.nz
This is a garden developed in a partnership between community members and Sisters of Compassion, who are providing land for the garden. For more information please see the website:
There are two gardens run by Innermost Gardens in Wellington. One is on Mount Victoria, and the other is in Newtown. Please see their website for details:
Kai O Te Aro in Aro Valley, Wellington
Moera Community Garden
105 Randwick Crescent, Moera
Contact: Paul Kennett 027 442 1055 or paul [at]kennett.co.nz
Martin de Jong 568 6202 marmac [at] paradise.net.nz
Northern Community Gardens
Jay Street Reserve, Paparangi, Wellington
Web: www.ncg.org.nz (If the site is not yet up it will be running soon!)
Facebook: “Northern Community Gardens”
Operation Green Thumb Wellington Community Gardens
Various sites around town see: http://www.communitygardenz.org.nz/
Te Maara Garden
Cannons Creek Porirua
This is a community garden & orchard with food available for anyone.
The big potato plot belongs to the food bank.
The garden is wild because it needs more volunteers; it would be great to have community groups adopt a part of the garden.
Te Maara Garden holds successful community events occur twice a year: Autumn Hangi and Spring Organic Festival.
There are three mosaics in the centre of the garden that were produced by Kerry who is an expert mosaic artist. it is a nice spot to visit for a picnic.
For more information see the Te Maara Garden Facebook site.
Other Wellington Gardens
This helpful link on the website of the Wellington City Council lists community gardens and orchards in Wellington, as well as funding sources for gardens in Wellington.
Motueka Organic Community Gardens
This garden has moved and is now on Old Wharf Road, Motueka.
We have working bees tuesday 7pm, Friday 9am and Sundays 1pmt is on Old Wharf road Motueka.We have working bees on Tuesday at 7pm, Friday at 9am and Sundays at 1pm
Golden Bay Community Gardens/Seed Exchange
24 Waitapu Rd, Tasman, Nelson
Waimarama Community Gardens
Tantragee Rd, The Brook, Nelson
Marlborough Community Garden
Ralph Ballinger Drive off Budge Street, Riversdale, Blenheim. Phone Tina Fortune (03) 579-3599
Linwood Community Resource Centre
332 Linwood Avenue, Christchurch
New Brighton Community Gardens
136 Shaw Ave, Christchurch
Packe St Park
125 Packe St, Christchurch
Paparoa Community Activities Centre
380 Waterloo Rd, Christchurch
Strickland St Community Gardens
188 Strickland St, Christchurch
Lyttelton Community Garden
54a Oxford Street, behind the pool in Lyttelton. Gardening session from 10am to 12:30 on Wednesdays followed by a shared meal
Timaru Community Garden
Oxford Street, opposite the end of Sheratt Street
Okeover Community Garden
Beside Okeover Stream, on path between Ilam Road and Engineering Road, University of Canterbury. Open to the whole community, Fridays 2-5pm
Westland Community Garden
Lazar Park, corner of Park and Hall Street, Hokitika. Phone Glenys at the Westland District Council, 03 756-9082
Hokitika Community Garden
This garden is a partnership between Poutini Waiora and WESTReap and is on Fitzherbert St, Hokitika (next to Hokitika automotive.) The garden coordinator will be working at the garden most Mondays from 3 pm to 5 pm and will also be running gardening workshops from time to time.
Dunedin Community Gardens
Shetland Street Reserve, Kaikorai Valley, Dunedin
Waitati Edible Gardens
Speargrass Flat Road
Speargrass Flat Road, Queenstown
Mataura Community Garden
Kana Street, Mataura
Waitaki Community Gardens, Oamaru
Contact Annie Beattie 03 434 8891
Acknowledgment: Most of the information on this page is sourced from the following link at the website of Good magazine.