“If you think of gardening as an art form, Ayrlies is the best expression of that art” . It is one of the select few New Zealand Gardens of International Significance renowned for both its design and horticultural excellence.




Situated in Auckland, Ayrlies is one of New Zealand’s best known gardens. It is characterised by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds and waterways. Ayrlies is a seasonal garden where the owner, Bev McConnell has been challenged to have some plant at its best every week of the year keeping the horticultural and botanical interest in balance with the landscape.

Just over 50 years from a bare site, the garden is nearing maturity. Trees and shrubs form a changing backdrop for roses, perennials, bulbs and grasses while plants native to New Zealand are a strong component. A wild flower meadow is an unusual attraction in early summer. There is also a large wetland area linking the garden to the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

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Physical address

125 Potts Road, Whitford, Auckland, Manukau, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $20.00
Age restriction:
Other charges:
Guided Tours on request. Charges apply.
Further pricing information:
No dogs.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
30 minutes
Proximity to town:
45 minutes from Downtown Auckland

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Opening times

Business hours:
Monday - Friday. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Saturdays by arrangement
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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