If you already live in Waikato, you’ll know this region has something to offer rural and coastal nature-lovers alike. The Waikato region holds a lot of history, and many local Maori tribes and maraes can be found in the region. Today, it is a highly multicultural region providing ample lifestyle and agricultural opportunities.
The Waikato is known for its rich agriculture and widespread farmlands. Much of New Zealand’s dairy industry is located within the Waikato region, and many people find the region offers a peaceful alternative to city living. Thoroughbred horse racing is popular, as is sustainable living and gardening. If you’re seeking landscaping inspiration, look no further than the Hamilton Gardens - boasting a tour of different garden themes; from the “Japanese Garden of Contemplation” through to the “Bussaco Woodland”.
Your landscape design will depend on what area of the Waikato you live in. Hamilton properties are commonly suburban; in which case, privacy, entertaining or making the most of a small garden space might be at the top of your landscaping wish-list.
Moving away from the city and further into a rural setting, you may want to create a landscape that really encompasses your lifestyle goals. This might include a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, firepit or themed gardens. Check out these landscaping projects for further inspiration.
Flooding is common in the Waikato region. While precautions have been put in place by the regional council, it is good to keep this in mind when creating a planting plan or outdoor entertainment area design. The Waikato climate is generally quite mild, with winter reaching a high of 15 degrees Celsius and summers reaching as high as 28 degrees Celsius. Some areas, particularly the high hills in the west, will be more likely to experience high rainfalls. Therefore, the best plants for your property will vary based on what area of the Waikato you live in - however, native planting is encouraged. For example, kauri is native to northern Waikato areas, while kowhai is native to the south.
When it comes to building fences, decks and outdoor rooms; ensure you select water-tight designs and materials that can withstand flooding. A landscape designer with a good understanding of the Waikato region should be able to advise you on this.
If you are planning on making any significant changes to your property, be sure to check in with your local council. Building and/or resource consent may be required for new fences, swimming pool installations, outdoor rooms, deck builds, hardscaping or any considerable changes to your landscape design. Additionally, it is important to check in with any nearby neighbours if any work is likely to affect them; whether it be due to working close to a shared boundary line or due to any noise and construction that may come with your landscaping project.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who are looking to buy land in the region and create a lifestyle property from scratch. As is the case within any region, the cost of your property will depend on the area you buy within. Touristy towns, such as Raglan, tend to be priced higher; while many suburbs within Hamilton are considered quite affordable. Then again, if you are planning on selling, improving your street view through landscaping is likely to increase your property's value and turn a few heads. Areas such as Flagstaff and Rototuna are estimated to contain some of Hamilton’s most high-value properties, while Te Rapa and Frankton are currently very affordable; according to homes.co.nz.
How Zones can help
Zones covers landscape design, project management, hardscaping, planting, garden maintenance and more. If you would like some help in making some changes to your property’s landscape, get in touch today to arrange a free consultation. Alternatively, you can check out our customer testimonials to find out what our past customers have to say about working with Zones.