Shafer Design Studio Limited is a landscape architecture design studio with a team of passionate and collaborative designers producing high-quality landscapes. At Shafer Design Studio Limited, we strive for innovation and imagination in all projects undertaken.

Simplicity, clarity and structure along with timeless design are features of Shafer Design Studio Ltd projects.

The team involve clients in the design process from the very beginning, being sensitive to their needs and the characteristics of the existing landscape and architecture. Rather than imposing our own style on a client’s garden, we prefer to act as tools, by which the clients can bring their own ideas to life. 

Past clients have appreciated our open communication and willingness to create a design which is unique to their tastes and lifestyles. We prefer to keep away from fads and flashy design which can quickly date- instead we work towards simple, timeless gardens which will maintain their integrity for years to come.  

“People who are involved in the process feel as if their gardens belong to them, and tend to enjoy them better.”

Shafer Design Studio Limited


“Every single day my garden gives me a thrill. It looks amazing, thank you.  I have so much pleasure from both of my gardens.  I am grateful that you have established for me a beautiful area that lifts my soul.”
“Robin turned our grounds into a work of art and we totally trust her advice. She is creative and practical and very quickly sees how to make an area look fabulous!”
The Walkers
“We have utilised Shafer Landscape Design” for the past 15 + years and will continue to utilise their expertise.  I would have no hesitation to recommend Robin Shafer and her team to Landscape design your latest project”
David Gaze
"This extensive landscape, construction and pool project proceeded on schedule, to budget and to stunning result. I whole-heartedly recommend Robin and her team.”
“Robin was a pleasure to deal and right from the outset really understood what we wanted to achieve with our garden. We were very happy with the entire design process and the end result exceeded our expectations. Our garden is magnificent.”
Steve & Sharyn
"Their vast experience and attention to detail always results in a successful outcome for each project and makes them a pleasure to work with.”
Carlos Morgan, Morgan Pools
“Thank you so much for all your amazing work!  We absolutely love how the landscaping is shaping up so far.  We are so glad that we chose your team.”
Karl Vermeulen
“It was back in the mid 90's when Jenny and I created/planted the garden following your design and planting schedule precisely.  We’ve had so many years of enjoyment from it!  We sold the property back in November last year and it was the garden that was the star feature and subsequently attracted the buyer!  Thank you again Robin.”
The Thompsons
“Three years ago we bought a 28 acre bare block of land in the Waitoki district.  Once the driveway was created, house built, and 2 ponds dug, we ended up with an acre of lawn to be turned into a useable garden and it seemed overwhelming. We employed Robin from Shafer Design as she had local knowledge of our area.  She had great vision as to the fencing layout, hard landscaping and plant selection.  She listened and took on board our requests and came up with an amazing final design.  It has been money well spent as we are only buying plants that will thrive.   We would not hesitate in recommending Shafer Design to help create a garden to be proud of.”
The Golders
“We have used the services of Robin Shafer on three major projects. 
The first one was for our Heritage Gothic design house in Devonport. The main centre feature of the garden was a revolving close line.
Robin was able to transfer the garden into a beautiful formal classical garden with Pergolas, summer house, heritage designed patio and formal planting which enhanced the period features of the house 
and made it look like it had always been there. The garden was open to many charity garden tours including Trinity gardens.
Our second project was a lifestyle property with a French Styled house. We wanted to achieve an English/ French influence in the grounds with deciduous trees.  Her choice of trees and the design lay out has been fantastic. Robin redesigned the driveway with lovely curves including parking spaces and 
helped to re-establish a third pond area close to the driveway which creates a lovely drive in to our home. 
More recently we did a subdivision which required a 3500 native plant out with design.  We found Robin very helpful in dealing with the Council to obtain resource consent which enabled us to retain the ambience we required.
Robin has the ability to adapt the design over a broad set of requirements whatever the garden setting be it small, large, private, pool setting, modern or formal.
We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other potential clients in fact we have.”
The Dickeys
“We have had the pleasure to work with Robin and the team at Shafer design in the building of our award-winning home.  Robin worked with a blank canvas where she transformed a clay hillside into a lush contemporary soft and hard landscape which has proven idyllic for our family.  Shafer Design delivered seamless flowing functional outdoor liveable spaces including a beautiful pool with native gardens that our family get to really enjoy every day.
Robin’s design has been an excellent investment where clever design has truly added significant value to our home.  We couldn’t recommend Robin and her team enough.”
Danny, Karen, Sam, Tom and Emily Logue
"We have been working with Shafer Design for the last couple of years.  Robin and the team are very creative and knowledgeable, and add great value to our clients’ projects."
Joseph Long, LTD Architectural Design Studio
“Lanzpec has been working with Shafer Design since 1995.  During that time we have formed a friendly but professional relationship with the design team.  The detail required to implement complex designs was always available to us and we have found that the quality of the design is also matched by the quality of the clients that Shafer Design brings to Lanzpec.  We have the upmost respect for Shafer Design and look forward to a long, continued relationship.”
Bruce & Marg Robinson, Lanzpec
“Our company has installed and maintained a large number of Shafer Design gardens in the past eighteen years and every one of them has been a pleasure to work on.  The designs are extremely elegant, well thought through and successful. Many of the gardens we have installed, we also maintain and have seen them mature into beautiful gardens.  The team at Shafer Design are professional, very friendly and great to work with.”
Christine Ramage, East West Landscaping Limited
“We have had the pleasure of working with Shafer design twice.  The first project started as pool design and ended up transforming our home into a tropical oasis, we had years of great times enjoying the incredible space and flow that was created, we are confident the design added significant value to the property when we sold it. 
We had no hesitation in working with Shafer on our next property, it was quite a different brief on a lifestyle block with extensive native bush, expansive ocean views and no clearly defined boundaries to the project.  We have ended up with a stunning pool, exceptional landscaping which complements our setting and has created an outdoor living space that is beyond our expectations.
The team are professional, have exceptional knowledge and high attention to detail.  Furthermore, the teams' experience and creative approach were especially valued when working around existing structures and challenging land contour.  I have recommended Shafer Design to friends and family and have enjoyed seeing many great projects that they have completed.”
Trish McLean