Community Gardens

Community Gardens in New Zealand

Community gardens are typically owned by a trust, organisation or local government and run as not for profit ventures. They are managed and maintained by the gardeners themselves and provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labour and a sense of community and connection to the environment.

Back in 2009, the ‘Goodies’ at Good Magazine have created a collaborative Google Map of community gardens in NZ. When last checked (Sept 2014) it didn’t look like it was being maintained, so the info is probably a bit out of date now.

We add new community gardens and update when information comes to hand. Details of these initiatives tends to change pretty regularly. If you know of a community garden in your area we’ve missed or have some up to date contact information drop us a line with details.

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Kaiapoi Food Forest

Kaiapoi Food Forest is a community food forest which provides an abundance of food for residents and those that wish to visit to gather –

Beach Haven Community Gardens

A small community of gardeners, with our own plots to grow vegetables fruit and flowers, and some shared gardens.

Ōtākaro Orchard – Christchurch

Ōtākaro Orchard

Community Garden and Food Hub, Phase I and II What is the project? Ōtākaro Orchard is the working title for a high profile central city community garden and cafe in Christchurch, showcasing the post-earthquake food resilience of the Garden City. A highly visible, accessible, engaging, beau …

Edible Canterbury

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“Edible Canterbury is an umbrella that encompasses everything from organisations working at a higher strategic & political level, to neighbourhood groups working out how to plant fruit trees in their street.” EDIBLE MAPS Check out how big the local food movement is in Cant …

Taupo Community Gardens


A place where we meet, learn, garden, look after each other and the earth. Come and join us to grow nutritious, organic food together. The garden is located behind the former Lakeland Bowling Club, Richmond Avenue. We run regular workshops, check our Facebook page for details. Contact Anja …

Canterbury Community Gardens Association

The Canterbury Community Gardens Association is a networking organisation for community gardens, promoting the growth of new and existing initiatives.

New Brighton Community Gardens – Christchurch, NZ

A community garden at Rawhiti Domain, New Brighton, Christchurch. Anyone can come and garden at the gardens for as little or as long as they want. If visitors work for 2 hours a week at the gardens, they get free veges. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and …

Victory Community Garden – Nelson

Part of the Victory Community Centre, the community garden is in the back corner of the Victory Primary School campus, near the Victory Village Learning Centre buildings. There is a waharoa (Maori word for gateway) at the entrance carved by Mark Davis and a team of volunteers.

Nelson Seed Savers

Sow grow and save for a sustainable future “Seeds are a part of our heritage, and a connection with the food that we eat. Seeds were an original form of exchange and barter between peoples over the past centuries. This exchange allowed for communication between local populations and for a …

University of Canterbury Community Gardens

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The Community Gardens here on campus aim to be creative and relaxing places on the University campus – a time and space out from work or study. Anyone is free to wander through the gardens and for those wanting to get more involved, come along to one of the regular gardening times at eithe …

Freedom Fruit Gardens

Freedom Fruit Gardens is the work of artist A.D.Schierning, it is a project that aims to plant edible gardens throughout New Zealand. Creating increased accessibility to the simple pleasure of harvesting and eating fruit straight from the tree. When given an apple you can eat an apple, whe …

Otautahi Urban Foraging | Christchurch free Fruit and Nut Map

Free food is plentiful throughout Christchurch and Otautahi Urban Foraging group wants to help people find it.

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