Development of the garden began in 2006 when Liz Morrow moved to settle permanently in what was the family holiday home, a log cabin nestled into a stand of native bush on the water’s edge. Islands - Kawau, Goat, Rabbit and The Bee Hive in Kawau Bay - are viewed from the garden. NZ native bush surrounds the cabin and garden, the feature tree, a puriri, is thought to be between 800 & 1,000 years old. While the planting is predominantly native, there is a fusion of other carefully selected plants that suit the location and setting. The garden is laid out in curving, flowing shapes reflecting the waves and coastal shapes beyond.
There is some formality close to the house in the clipped specimens, plant shapes and textures. The repetition of the plantings throughout is effective, providing continuity that does not compete with the natural surrounding bush. The canopy of established native trees provides protective shade where clivia, hydrangeas, arthropodium, bergenia, ligularia, hostas and ferns flourish.
The crushed shell path "Jane's Lane", leads to the raised koru-shaped vegetable garden and small orchard which is situated in a sheltered bush clearing. The koru garden, although small, provides an ample supply of vegetables throughout the year. The path from this area, lined with arthropodium, cream clivias and hostas, leads through bush and a mature stand of kauri, rimu, totara and pohutakawa, to "Johny's Deck" a viewing platform on the water's edge.
Paths lead from the main garden to "Kowhai Coast", “Totara Trail” and "Olioli Way" - easy walking tracks through established and naturally regenerating bush. The trails provide a restful contrast to the highly maintained garden areas. “Omaio” was planted to create calm – the colour palette is soft, tones of green dominate. It is relaxed and easy on the eye. Note: The garden is not suitable for wheelchairs or for anyone requiring support of any kind.
Opening Hours and Tariffs
Omaio is a private garden open throughout the year by appointment
Closed on public holidays Admission fee $10.00
Regret no credit card or EFTPOS facility
Regret no dogs or pets