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Wed - Fri 8am - 4.30pm

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(Closed Mon & Tues unless by appointment)


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A nursery by the sea

Directly opposite the famous Poor Knights Islands on one of the most eastern points of New Zealand’s North Island is the native garden and nursery of Tawapou Coastal Natives. Located between Tutukaka and Matapouri the nursery welcomes visitors throughout the year.

Tawapou is set among mature native trees on a 350 acre coastal farm that includes some of the best examples of lowland Pohutukawa in the country. It is unquestionably a unique situation and superb environment to grow and display coastal NZ native plants.

Owner Guy Bowden grew up on the property and has been passionate about NZ native plants all his life. His interest was kindled by his conservationist parents who began protecting sections of native bush and pohutukaka on the cliffs of the property over forty years ago.

Guy and his wife Sandra know the native plants that are suitable for challenging conditions, low rainfall, wind, salt spray and poor soil. They have an extensive range of native plants and are specialists in coastal and northern offshore island plants.

They have the largest collection of planted and container grown Xeronema callistemon (Poor Knights Lily) in the world.

Come and see a kiwi in your backyard!

Two birds which have been raised naturally to parents monitored by Todd Hamilton on Whangarei Peninsula , then removed from the nest by Todd when they are a few days old, and transferred to limestone Island for safety until they reach the magic weight of 1kg or so.....big enough and stroppy enough to see off a stoat. Essentially this mimics nature.

You are all invited to see the kiwi up close at Tawapou Coastal Natives before they are release nearby on the Tutukaka Coast.

Thursday 19th November at 6pm







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