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Address: 125 Potts Road | Whitford, Manukau 2571, New Zealand
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+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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What a spectacular garden

Food for the mind. Truly artistic and yet so natural. We lost ourselves for a few hours in this lovely garden and had our questions answered by Jackie and our book signed by Bev... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Food for the mind. Truly artistic and yet so natural. We lost ourselves for a few hours in this lovely garden and had our questions answered by Jackie and our book signed by Bev McConnell herself. My highlight was the guided tour by Bosco the jack Russell terrier. Beautiful

Thank berily72
Auckland, New Zealand
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We visited the garden in November with friends who were staying with us from Wellington who had planned to attend the (postponed) NZ Flower & Garden show. While it was a bit of a drive from our house in West Auckland. We were delighted that we visited and thoroughly enjoyed what is a truly extensive, tranquil, and superbly maintained garden.... More 

Thank David P
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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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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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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235 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2015

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

Thank Timmy R
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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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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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