Sunken Gardens, A Park on Marine Parade - Napier, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Punga and Paua
S 39° 29.490 E 176° 55.180
60H E 493092 N 5628675
Quick Description: A popular gathering place for picnics and sunbathing in Summer, beside the sea the Sunken Garden is ablaze with colourful flowers.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 1:44:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM75BB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 10

Long Description:
Along Marine Parade the Sunken Garden park is a popular place in summer where children play in the sculpture pool.

One of the 1930's Marine Parade attractions had been the bitumen surfaced tennis courts south of the Soundshell. These were made redundant by the opening of the Onekawa Tennis Courts in 1966. In April 1967 a start was made on excavating the 30,000 cubic yard hole for the Sunken Gardens. Many interesting finds were made in the excavated earthquake rubble with reminders of long gone cafes, hotels and manufacturers, along with various objects and fittings.

The Gardens were opened in 1969 by Sir Lew Harris, who gave a generous donation in the form of the floating 'bio-morphic sculpture' in the pool.

You can find the Sunken Garden on Marine Parade, just past the Information Centre. There is no sign, but you can't miss it, situated between the road and the beach.
Name: Sunken Gardens.

Street Location: Marine Parade.

Local Municipality: Napier.

State/Province, etc.: Hawkes Bay.

Country: New Zealand.

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Established: 1969.

Picnic Facilities: Picnic tables, seats, paraplegic access,

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Bio-Morphic Sculpture in the pool.

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: An artificial waterwheel and some flowing water.

Traditional Geocaches:
GC40WZG Traditional Cache Abandon Garden - its sinking (Napier).


Memorial/Commemoration: Not listed

Recreational Facilities: Not listed

Monuments/Statues: Not listed

Fountains: Not listed

Special Events: Not listed

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