Location: Auckland
Design: Natural Habitats on collaboration with Wiles Read
Construction: Natural Habitats


We proudly received the following 2022 Landscapes of Distinction Awards: 

GOLD: Residential Construction over $100,000
SILVER: Residential Design (open property value and size)
BRONZE: Residential Horticulture (open property value and size)


Designed with extended family in mind, this luxurious landscape adds new spaces for luxurious rural living within a tight-knit community.  

The clients required a garden that would amplify the sophisticated rustic feel of the home, while solving significant drainage issues.

The garden is conceived around a hydrological spine that flows from one corner of the property, along a boundary and down to a newly built storm water pond. With water as the central motif, the design also includes several small, yet continuous water features outside the main living area. Paradise stone fuses this motif with a swimming pool made complete with infinity edge giving the illusion of overflowing into the spine.  

The visual and functional impact of the spine (swale) is significant. The grounds now foster a variety of species which add bursts of seasonal colour immediately next to the home. The swale adds a biodiverse point of difference to the property, utilising native species that filter runoff and thrive in wet environments.

The garden features three distinct planting palettes including riparian, country colour and grandiose palms and shrubs, all which work together to enhance a rural paradise feeling and local biodiversity.

Upon arrival at the home, palms and leafy shrubs frame and enhance the grand front door. Walking around the house, or through to the main living area, bursts of colour from white hydrangeas and purple ice berry blossoms hug the architecture and anchor views to the surrounding landscape.

On the border of the property, swale planting stretches from the north-east to the south-west, creating a continual lush, textural view which adds interest to an otherwise simple paddock vista. The property is subject to flooding, so wet feet plants are essential in mitigating excess water.

Natural Habitats Landscapes
View locations (6)
Get in touch

About the

Established in 1978, Natural Habitats is New Zealand's most-awarded landscaping company across the sectors of design, construction, horticulture and garden maintenance.

Our portfolio comprises the full range of landscapes including:

  • High-end residential gardens
  • Green walls 
  • Green Roofs
  • Commercial landscapes
  • Civil projects
  • Business precincts
  • Playscapes
  • Revegetation & environmental

We are proud to have build a foundation of trust with our clients, working with leading Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Property Developers and Government Agencies to deliver many of New Zealand's iconic landscapes.