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Ivy Cottage & the Enchanted Garden


A truely unique little cottage & enchanted garden venue in Greenhithe which caters exclusively for you & your guests!

BECAUSE YOU DESERVE A BREAK have your next party, special event or small function at Ivy Cottage!p>

For boys, girls and adults of all ages. We have a REAL fairy garden! There’s nowhere else like it!

Relax! We'll do everything for you... delicious kids & adults food, fun costumes to wear, fantastic cakes & magical activities. Plus no preparation or mess for you to clean up afterwards - totally hassle free! Ivy Cottage is also fully self-contained to cater for wet weather - better to have it at our place on a rainy day. Treat yourself and the kids!

We’ll keep the children entertained while the adults relax and enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee on our deck which overlooks the gardens. The Enchanted Garden contains magical pathways, a wishing well, Pooh Bear’s house, a small doorway in the 110 year old oak tree, a huge concrete dinosaur (Max), fairy houses, a pirate boat, swings... and many other special little things hidden here and there. An enchanting atmosphere for kids & adults.

Our themes include: Coffee Group Visits, Garden Visits & Devonshire Teas + Fairies, Pixies, Wizards & Witches, Pirates, Dinosaurs, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Princesses and more. We also have fun Halloween & Christmas parties. Ask about our mid-week parties SPECIAL OFFER!

We are open for parties & events 7 days a week. Please contact us for a viewing appointment.

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Ivy Cottage and the Enchanted Garden was originally named Omahanui Gardens - one of Auckland’s first privately owned public gardens. The gardens were developed over 30 years ago by the famous rose specialists, Toni and Ron Sylvester. At the time, the gardens set the scene for the garden tour industry, attracting many coach-loads of visitors and also featuring in magazines and on several occasions on the Garden Show. The cottage itself was originally named Ivy Cottage and was built for Toni Sylvester’s mother - who lived there and set up a pottery studio inside.

The owners of Omahanui Gardens changed over the years, until Children’s Theme Parties Ltd was created in 2000 by Robyn Cunliffe. Her vision was to create a unique, safe environment for children, their families and friends and bring nature to the forefront of childrens’ imaginations. Lisa Ritchie (who was born in Greenhithe and has spent most of her life living here) then purchased the business in 2004.

Although most of the gardens have now vanished due to the previous owners subdividing the property, we continue to share the well-established “Brazen Garden” (Enchanted Garden) with many children and their families.

Approximately 1000 children visit Ivy Cottage every year and experience the wonderful surroundings.

The fact that the gardens have always been shared with others, and also that a 110+ year old oak tree grows in the centre of the garden, explains the magical and enchanting atmosphere.

Contact details:

39a Churchouse Road, Greenhithe, Auckland.

Phone (09) 413-8468.