Sir Miles Warren’s house and garden in Governor’s Bay are a delight. With harbour views, the present garden was begun in 1977 by Sir Miles, though there was a garden created on the some site in 1865 by one of New Zealand’s first botanists, T.H . Potts. Some of the exotic trees and shrubs he planted still stand on the perimeter of the garden. Sir Miles Warren is a well-known New Zealand architect, now in his 80’s. He lives in the house and was working in his garden when we visited. In 2012 he gifted the house and garden to the people of New Zealand through the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust.
Originally built in 1871, the house was altered and extended by its different owners. It was severely damaged in the 2010 earthquakes. It has been rebuilt and earthquake strengthened, but now the central block is two storeys rather than three.
The formal garden consists of separate garden ‘rooms’ of differing style and character.
A number of large modern sculptures by renowned New Zealand artists have been added to the garden.
Ohinetahi House and Garden are open September to the end of March, week days 10am to 4pm . Check availability at weekends. They are 1.5km past the Governor’s Bay Hotel, and are signposted. More information through this link.