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Spring is a great time to visit but I'd return in a heart-beat for a summer viewing and then an autumn viewing.

What a great day out, travelling from the Lawrence area. The day was overcast but that did nothing... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
pinny55
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Clutha, New Zealand
Best garden in New Zealand

Must see garden run by an elderly couple in there 70's and 80's and there 40+ son. Inspirational at... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
BruceW1961
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Had a fantastic visit to Maple Glen when the Rhododendrons were all in bloom. Incredible work of art and lifetimes labour of love by Muriel and Bob. They were so hospitable and friendly, and I had so much shopping up a storm in their nursery after wandering through 45 acres of bliss. This garden is well worth buying a flight from anywhere in NZ to come and see. I will be going again and bringing friends!

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you are at all interested in gardens and gardening a visit to Maple Glen is a must. Situated in a rural Southland farming area, Maple Glen is a private garden of 30 plus acres. It features mature trees, ponds sloping terraces, flat areas, all intensively planted out in a wide variety of interesting plants. This garden is more extensive and interesting than most city botanical gardens. There are also lots of birds living in the trees at the garden, including lots of brightly coloured parrots. Maple Glen is well worth a visit, you will be amazed and awe struck by what is there. Allow two hours for a visit. There are toilets, but no food or drinks are available. I am not aware of any public transport out to Maple Glen and I used Google Maps to find my way over the sealed rural roads from the township of Edendale. (Not a difficult exercise) Entry is via donation, (we paid $5.00 each) and the garden is open daily from 9.00 a.m. Maple Glen is worth a visit any time of the year but spring, summer and autumn would be the preferred times of the year.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Invercargilldave
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

What a surprise! I am not exactly hunting after gardens to visit. This was included with a tour with the Wyndham Museum (also recommended), and I did not know what to expect. The van stopped at a big drop. What a view! Trees, ponds, gardens, beautifully kept. It was winter, and some still had a little frost on the lawn. Birdsong, yes, birds chirping away to greet us (or so it seemed). Mind the slippery paths in the winter. Wandering around we marveled at the different levels the ponds were occupying. I still cannot tell if the water was falling naturally or was pumped to get to the different levels. Mind the black swans with their young, they can get a bit overdefensive. Many great spots to hold a wedding ceremony, lovely wee bridges over the ponds. No picknick in the gardens, please stick to the picknick areas. Oh, and did I tell you about the lovebirds and the golden pheasants? Roaming free and adding delightful spots of colour to the winter landscape. Cuttings for sale, visit by donation. A joy to behold, recommended. *Note: there is no cafe on site, but there is a sign pointing towards a cafe just outside the gate.* Make sure to double check winter opening hours (winter is from May to October)* Admission by donation*

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Daretobe
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Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot for a romantic picnic or a casual Sunday afternoon stroll. The gardens are beautifully kept and the bird life is incredible.

While we were there we saw iconic indigenous birds like tui and bellbirds, as well as more exotic foreign species like Golden pheasant, peacock and even an ostrich.

Take time to talk to the owners who are more than happy to share the history of the place.

There's no charge but it's so good you'll happily stuff a note or two in the donation box! A must see if your near Wyndham!

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank GeoffHLloyd
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

We had a couple of hours to spare and decided to drop in to this, based on some other peoples reviews.

What a great landscaped lay out, with plenty of wildlife to see.

Beware one of the black swans who was busy chasing ducks and us when we cam near his pond. :-)

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Duncan268
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