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Address: 125 Potts Road | Whitford, Manukau 2571, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-530 8706
09:00 - 04:00
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“If you think of gardening as an art form, Ayrlies is the best expression...

“If you think of gardening as an art form, Ayrlies is the best expression of that art”. Ayrlies is one of the select few New Zealand Gardens of International Significance. Bev McConnell presents a garden that is nearing maturity and is recognised for both design and horticultural excellence. The millennium year spurred a new project creating a wetland in the surrounding 10 acres which is now home to many native and visiting wildlife.

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The most romantic and beautiful garden of Eden.

A beautiful very big garden. Magic corners everywhere you look. So much effort and talent invested in this amazing place. What a big generosity of this family to open the gates... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful very big garden. Magic corners everywhere you look. So much effort and talent invested in this amazing place. What a big generosity of this family to open the gates to everyone. Thank you so much, we had a wonderful time, my husband and me, at your beautiful garden.

Thank beniolah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful garden is a peaceful haven close to Auckland. Thirty years ago the owners bought a field and have lovingly transformed it with beautiful water features and exquisite planting. The swimming pool area and surrounding gardens are so inviting! When we were there a white wisteria draped the pergola like a net of fairy lights. Magical. If you want... More 

Thank SometimesTraveller
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

A sense it all started with love and care. Bird Life complemented well. The scenery beyond the fence equally breath taking.

Thank Ruby L
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Perfection of design and cultivation makes for a tranquil and positively therapeutic visit. Certainly the best garden in New Zealand and up there with the world's very best. [Stayed at Brookwood Lodge; see review]

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

We had a bit of confusion thinking it was an open day and instead turned up to see a "by appointment" sign. Fortunately the owner was lovely when we approached her on the grounds, and it turns out we weren't the only ones who lobbed up unannounced. We very much enjoyed following the map's suggested walking route, seeing all sorts... More 

Thank Lissel A
Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

This is a a truly majestic place. I loved the peaceful surroundings and enjoyed all the interesting variety

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

Floriade tours claimed this was the top garden in NZ, which prompted us to go when in Auckland. We spent a glorious autumn afternoon there. The orange, red and gold leaves on the trees, falling and leaving a golden carpet on the deep green grass - very memorable. There were different sections to the garden, with expanses of green grass,... More 

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Palos Verdes, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

This excellent Garden is 'family' owned and must be visited with PRIOR reservation. There is NO main office; just pay ~$20 directly to one of the gardeners that are near the parking area. The Garden is very large - a good bit of EASY walking provides a wide variety of things to see..... including objects, plants, trees, and other vegetation,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Visited this wonderful garden yesterday its hard to believe that it started out as 12 acres of bare paddocks and over the last 50 years it has been transformed with the help of many gardeners to a truly inspiring garden, Spoilt for choice its hard to say which was the best part all are different and enjoyable, many lovely views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

We were so lucky to be the only four people in the garden apart from one gardener - the advantage of visiting outside the main holiday period, I suppose. The garden design is so impressive, especially when you see the before and after photos on display. We spent quite a while sitting watching the fish and various insects by the... More 

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