WELCOME TO KEIRUNGA GARDENS, ONE OF THE PREMIER PARKS WITHIN THE HASTINGS DISTRICT.
COVERING SOME 7,9 HECTARES, IT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF HAVELOCK NORTH.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND. Keirunga Gardens has something for everyone, with distinct areas that together contribute to its uniqueness.
RECREATIONAL AREA The gardens are home to the Havelock North Live Steamers who have developed an extensive railway comprising over 800 metres of tracks with bridges, viaducts and tunnels for their miniature steam trains. The operation was opened in 1992 after 5 ears and 26,000 man hours of volunteer work. The children’s playground was installed in 2006 and the sculptures by Haumoana artist Peni Edwards, referred to as the ‘Paintbrush Garden’ were completed in 2007
OPEN SPACE AREA Walk up what is known as the knoll, a vast open grassed area behind the railway. This leads up to the southern point of the reserve, with spectacular views over Havelock North and up to Te Mata Peak. There are no formal tracks due to topography and terrain, however this area leads you to the walkway known as Arthurs Path.
THE HERITAGE BUILDING AREA The original homestead, formed for the Gardiner family, has been maintained and forms an important part of the gardens. The homestead is very early Arts and Crafts style. The homestead is not a grand house, but appealing in its simplicity and attractive in its setting. The small cottage next to the house (built for the Gardiners •sister Emily Rose), is now known as the Quilters Cottage. In this area, adjacent to the homestead, you will find a large Scarlet Gum tree, which is a protected tree of outstanding significance, that was planted by Charlie Tanner in about 1915. This area is the heart of the gardens, with cottage garden style gardens, including a memorial garden dedicated to George Nelson.
EXOTIC WOODLAND AREA Running along the western side of the gardens, following the waterway, is Arthurs Path, an informal walkway set among a woodland of oak trees. The path was named after Arthur Morris who drained the lower part of the gully and formed the path. The mature oak trees shade the walkways leading you through the quiet valley. The area under the trees have been extensively planted with bulbs to provide spring colour.
POPLAR FLAT AND CRABAPPLE WALK The northern point of the gardens, accessed off Tanner Street and lower Pufflett Road, is a large open area, known as Crabapple Walk or Poplar Flat. Enjoy an easy stroll, or have a picnic under the crabapple trees.
UPPER KEIRUNGA here is additional separate parcel of land that forms part of Keirunga Gardens further up Pufflett Road. This land is currently undeveloped and not connected to the main gardens. Historical accounts suggest that it was always the intention of George Nelson that these parts of the gardens be linked to give continuous access, but this has been made difficult by their physical separation by private property. This area is managed as a natural woodland, with no formal walkways. It is hoped that in the future these two areas are connected.