Rhododirect Gardens

Our History

Highgate Garden has to be seen to be believed. Hidden behind the holly hedge in Hanmer Springs you’ll find a 2000 square metre private green oasis. Within five minutes walk of the Thermal Pools, Highgate Garden consists of several distinct areas. The front garden presents you with a classical garden style of box hedging, cherry trees and standard iceberg roses leading to the front door. The formality continues through a vegetable garden to the side of the house. You’ll discover the rear garden has lawns surrounded by densely planted perennials against a backdrop of mature trees, such as conifers, maples, magnolias and camellias forming a woodland area. Amongst the planting you’ll see dogwood trees with their pink and white blossoms, and rarities such as the paperbark Acers. Extensive paved areas provide you places to sit and enjoy the serenity of the garden. Thirty years of composting has successfully turned a poorly drained clay backyard into a tranquil, lush garden retreat in the centre of the town.

The Gardeners

Highgate garden was originally created by John and Di Rutherford and was lovingly tended by them for 25 years. The current owners, Andrew and Robyn Ferguson, sold their farm on the Inland Kaikoura Road and purchased the property in February 2012.  Robyn comes from a family of passionate gardeners and feels honoured have the opportunity to continue the Rutherford’s legacy. With more time available to garden, Andrew’s passion for, and knowledge about gardening grows each year! Together they work to develop and enhance the property.

Garden Details

26 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs, 7334.

Highgate Gardens

Frequently Asked Questions

0274 326 249
Contact Person
Robyn Ferguson
Highgate is open by appointment in the spring
Garden Size
The garden area is 2000 sqm or half an acre. Small by country standards but a large urban garden. 
On street parking
There are public toilets in the village of Hanmer Springs, within one minute’s drive of Highgate.
There are various seating areas within the garden.
By arrangement.
Wheelchair Access
The garden is flat and accessible but a lot of the paths are too narrow for wheelchair access.
Dogs Allowed
Dogs on leads may be allowed with permission – please ask first!
Children Allowed
Yes, children are very welcome and under 17 they are free. 
Suitable for wedding photos (a very private option within the village of Hanmer Springs) but not as a large wedding venue.
Plants/Other Sales
Not at the moment.

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