Welcome to
Kererū Gardens

Nursery open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm
All plants still only $6 each

Located at 341 Oropi Road.


Welcome to Kererū Gardens, your trusted source for beautiful plants directly from our family to yours. We take immense pride in being one of the few plant propagators that offer our exquisite selection to the public. Since 2002, we have been cultivating a diverse range of native and exotic plants right here at our family-owned nursery located at 341 Oropi Road.

At Kererū Gardens, we believe that transforming your garden into a lush haven shouldn’t break the bank. That’s why we are thrilled to offer all our plants at an affordable price of just $6 each. We firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enhance their garden and experience the joy of nurturing thriving plants.

You are invited to visit our nursery, where you will be greeted by a bountiful array of plants, meticulously grown and nurtured by our skilled team. Whether you’re searching for vibrant flowers, luscious foliage, or something to block the neighbours, we have the perfect addition to elevate your outdoor sanctuary.

To make your visit convenient, we open our doors to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am until 2 pm. Our dedicated staff will be delighted to assist you in finding the ideal plants for your gardening aspirations. Feel free to explore our extensive selection, ask for personalized gardening advice, or simply immerse yourself in the beauty of our lush surroundings.

We take great pleasure in welcoming you to Kererū Gardens. Join our plant-loving family today and let us help you bring your garden dreams to life.


Plant of the month
“Leptospermum (Mānuka)”

As July ushers in the heart of winter, our stunning leptospermum (Mānuka) begins to bloom, painting our gardens with a vibrant splash of colour.

Why Leptospermum?

  1. Spectacular Winter Blooms:
    • Unlike many plants that lie dormant in winter, Mānuka bursts into bloom, showcasing a mesmerizing array of flowers in white, pink, and red.
    • These delicate blossoms not only brighten the winter landscape but also attract a myriad of pollinators, keeping your garden lively.
  2. Versatility:
    • Mānuka can be incorporated into various garden styles, from native bushland to contemporary landscapes.
    • It can be used as a feature plant, in hedges, or as a ground cover, providing year-round interest.
  3. Low Maintenance:
    • This resilient plant is drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal care.
    • Its ability to thrive in different soil types and conditions makes it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Planting & Care Tips

  • Planting Time: Winter is the perfect season to plant Mānuka. Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall help the roots establish more robustly, preparing the plant for a flourish of growth in spring.
  • Sunlight: While Mānuka can tolerate part shade, it prefers a sunny position for optimal flowering.
  • Soil: Well-draining soil is essential. If your garden soil is heavy, consider adding organic matter or planting in raised beds.
  • Watering: Regular watering is needed during the initial establishment period. Once established, Mānuka is quite drought-tolerant.
  • Pruning: Light pruning after flowering helps maintain shape and encourages denser foliage and more abundant flowers the following season.

Visit Our Nursery

Ready to add this winter wonder to your garden? Visit Kererū Gardens nursery every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am until 2pm. All our plants, including a variety of leptospermum, are just $6 each. Let’s make gardening affordable and accessible for everyone!

Bring home the beauty of Mānuka this July and watch your winter garden come alive with colour and life. 🌸

About Us

Welcome to Kererū Gardens, a cherished family legacy that spans generations and continents. Our story begins with Richard and Caro, who nurtured their passion for growing plants back in the day in England. When they immigrated to New Zealand, they brought that same love and expertise with them. Settling in the quaint town of Katikati, they started a small nursery from their home, often taking their three daughters along to markets on weekends.

In 2002, destiny brought them to a place they could call their forever home for the nursery. To their delight, a pair of kererū, the iconic native New Zealand pigeons, warmly greeted Richard and Caro when they first set eyes on the property. Inspired by this auspicious encounter, they aptly named their new undertaking Kererū Gardens.


What We Do

Kat, the current custodian of Kererū Gardens, is not only passionate about plants and gardening but also delights in sharing her knowledge with others. She is more than happy to be booked for talks to schools or gardening groups, where she can inspire and educate young minds and avid gardeners alike. With her background in landscape architecture and hands-on experience in the nursery, Kat brings a wealth of expertise and practical insights that make her talks engaging and informative. Her love for the outdoors and plants shines through as she imparts valuable tips, design advice, and stories from her own journey in the world of gardening. Whether it’s sparking a passion for nature in young students or inspiring seasoned gardeners to try new techniques, Kat eagerly embraces the opportunity to connect with others and foster a deeper appreciation for the green world around us.

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