Rock Garden

Rock Garden

A lakeside wedding site for up to 70 guests

A circular pergola at the highest end of the Rock Garden offers views down a sloped lawn to the lakes. This secluded area is framed by mature trees and looks great year-round. This is our shadiest wedding site, suitable for up to 70 guests.


This site is available in 2 hours booking slots between 9am – 4pm.

$345 per 2 hour hire.

Special conditions:

It is important that we maintain the integrity and beauty of our gardens. To ensure we provide a quality experience we require hirees to agree to the following conditions:

  • All set up of chairs, tables and other infrastructure and removal of these items must be completed within the 2-hour hire period.
  • Vehicles are not permitted within the gardens.
  • To keep the gardens tidy do not throw confetti, rice, petals or other materials. We encourage the use of bubbles.
  • Leave all garden sites clear of rubbish and in the condition, you found them.
  • For general terms & conditions of hire.


Catering can be hosted or provided by the wedding party.

Café Miko is our resident cafe provider. They can also cater for any functions out in the garden. Phone (09) 269 3407 or

If you wish to use an external caterer please speak with the Visitor Centre staff.

Wedding receptions:

Where receptions are being held at the Gardens the reception venue hire can be extended through to midnight where Café Miko is catering. Extra surcharges for functions may be incurred after 4pm for extra cleaning and security requirements. These charges are available on request and dependent on function needs.

Theming your event

Alcova are wedding theming and event hire specialists. Available to style, theme & dress your event from seating and stretch tents to venue styling, lighting & entertainment. Alcova will cater to all your event needs, to make your event a success! Alcova have a range of packages to suit your event or can personalise a package to fit your needs. Contact the Alcova team today at

Make a booking

Our team at the Huakaiwaka visitor centre can help you regarding use of one of our sites. They can clarify all the terms and conditions of use. Please also refer to the 'Wedding Q&A' for responses to frequently asked questions.

You can request an application form via one of our team at the Huakaiwaka visitor centre or download the form here. Once received if the site is available we can tentatively hold the booking for 4 weeks to allow time for the application, permit and payment process to be completed.

Botanic Gardens reserves the right to cancel the tentative booking if we do not hear from the party involved within that 4- week period.

Phone (09) 267 1457 or email

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