Awaiti, meaning 'little stream' in Maori, was named in the early
1980s after the meandering brook on the homestead property.
Once bare paddocks are now home to 6 acres of tranquil paradise,
thanks to the hardwork and devotion of Jeanette and Allan Gates.
River stones were used to line the waterways and erect the stately
hand crafted stone walls; mass planting of trees and shrubs for
all seasons has completed the perfect secret garden.
Awaiti gardens are unseen from the road, giving visitors a wonderful
surprise when they arrive - complemented with doves and fantail
pigeons flying gracefully above.
Awaiti, a labour of love for the Gates family, is run as a family
business with help from their daughter Katrina Jordan.
Awaiti boasts an exquisite giftshop, art gallery and the Homestead
Tearooms, which enhance the visitor experience.
Border plantings separate the garden into individual yet flowing
compartments with generous curving pathways which, cleverly beckon
the vsitor to see what lies ahead.