About the Trail

Hours:

Open 7 days 9am to 5pm. Last admissions 4pm. (closed Christmas Day and Anzac Morning)

Admission:

  • Adults - $12
  • Children (5-13) - $6 (under 5's are free)
  • Family Pass (2A + 3C) - $30
  • Groups 10+ - $10
    Groups and Bus tours welcome.
    Group morning/afternoon teas and lunches available if booked in advance.
  • Over 60's & Students - $10
  • Annual Passes: Adult - $36 | Family (2A + 3C) - $85
    Purchase an annual pass so you can come at any time throughout the year and see the sculptures afresh as the gardens change with the seasons.
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Background

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens is a unique sculpture trail set in a tranquil, rural, garden oasis. The combined vision and grit of landowners David & Geraldine Bayly, curator Sally Lush and artists has resulted in an inspiring contemporary art treat for locals and visitors.

Against the backdrop of the Kaipara harbour, the one kilometre trail winds through a secluded valley containing a slice of almost every type of iconic New Zealand landscape: mown lawns, fruit tree orchard, grassy slopes, regenerating bush, old farm fences, pine forest, potagers, and ponds. Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens brings to life the vision of Kaukapakapa local, David Bayly, who in 1988 learnt to propagate plants on a piece of his father's land. David bought part of the family farm, and then set up a specialist plant nursery and Garden Centre, building a reputation for quality plants and service. Exhibition 2015, the seventh exhibition at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens features sculpture in wood, metal, stone, glass, fibre, ceramic, and installation works that have been selected and developed for each context to make mini-galleries within the valley.

Works are revealed as the path twists and turns, revealing vistas from vantage points where picnic spots and seating invite visitors to rest and contemplate the art and gardens. Exhibition 2015 will run until October 2015 enabling visitors to have a fresh experience of the artworks and gardens as the seasons change.

About the Trail

The Sculpture Trail at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens is an easy 1km walk on gravel paths which are accessible for mountain buggies but not wheelchairs or walking frames. Allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours to enjoy the walk fully and take in all the sculptures. Don's Conservation Track is a new addition to the trail and has been carved using traditional tools of a shovel, wheelbarrow and rake by David and his father Don Bayly. This track takes you on a winding journey through native forest, along streams and waterfalls and focuses on a conservation message. The track takes around 30mins to walk, with a reasonable level of fitness recommended and is not suitable for pushchairs. The Trail is open daily from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. There are many seats along the path to allow for resting and contemplating the views and sculptures.The sculptors have spent many hours of "Blood, sweat and tears" to createthese sculptures, please respect the art by not touching or climbing.

General guidelines for the trail

  • No dogs (Except Guide Dogs)
  • Adults, to keep your children safe please supervise them around the sculptures and ponds as any damages will need to be paid for.
  • Adults, please supervise your children around the sculptures and ponds.
  • To enhance your viewing experience please follow the gravel pathway in numerical order as the trail has been designed to optimise the views of each sculpture.
  • Also, remember to visit the eight sculpture sites on our entry and exit driveways.
  • Please respect the environment by not removing any plant material

Sales

  • Sculpture sales at the retail counter.
  • Prices include GST.
  • Delivery and installation costs are detailed on the display panels at each sculpture. Sally Lush, the curator, 027 260 9486 or Kaipara Coast staff can further advise on details relating to specific sculptures.

Safety

While all care has been taken to ensure your safety, you enter the premises at your own risk and Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens accept no liability for injury to yourself or the loss or damage to your property.

You also accept that you will pay for any damage incurred by you or members of your party to the sculptures and by entering you agree to these conditions.