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Business Type: Private Garden


Welcome to Openlands, a country garden and wedding venue. Owned and operated by Marie and Rodney Mills. Established in 1961 by Rodney’s parents from a ½ acre section of land with nothing more than two trees and a homestead.

Address: 1064 Auroa Road, RD 28, Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand New Plymouth,Taranaki

Phone: view phone+6462745620


E-mail: send an e-mail


The Garden

As you enter through the prominent white pillar gates and walk down the sweeping driveway lined with magnificent trees, an open round-about is revealed complimenting the face of our warm and inviting home. On a fine day Mount Egmont provides a breath taking back drop to the centre piece as you stop and reflect while enjoying a packed lunch and a glass of wine. 

Passing through the enchanting rose gardens you come to the main lawn where you are greeted by a golden gleditsia in full view surrounded by large rhododendrons, some of the 60 plus in the perennial borders. On the left, a gazebo is framed by striking autumn hues. A huge puriri tree, often visited by Tui and native pigeons, announces the Openlands shade house area. The shade house is home to many colorful plants including vireya rhododendrons. Inside you can’t but help noticing the large authoritative wooden supporting beam, which was discovered on the Kaupokonui Beach. A large cargo net, another treasure found at our local beach, adds texture to the back wall.

Carrying on, a sense of bewilderment comes across you as you approach the dell. This humble paradise is like an entirely separate garden. You can easily forget where you are. You are completely surrounded by native trees and fauna. A babbling brook trundles through with two adorable bridges adding to the ambience.

Pigeons, brooding chocks and an aviary housing many colourful birds are located at the other end of Openlands. Round the corner and though a walkway under the archers of fragrant roses and clematis, you step onto the lush grass tennis court. This brings you to our latest addition in our haven.

Hours of work

Open by appointment.


1064 Auroa Road, RD 28, Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand

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