The Gardens Café

Resting at the base of the Rimutaka Ranges, Aston Norwood Café is perfectly placed

For both long distance travellers and those people in the greater Wellington & Wairarapa regions. Locally blended coffee, carefully extracted to form your favourite espresso style from a Flat White to an Americano. Our High Tea and Devonshire Tea options are becoming something of a perennial favourite! With two in-house chefs, our blackboard dining options are always popular and often changing. Tasty afternoon platters and nibbles matched with an award winning wine or craft beer makes for the perfect interlude, maybe take it outside on to our patio area and inhale the spectacular country garden vista.


Beautiful Weddings

“The Wedding I Dreamed Of”

We take great care and special attention to detail, giving you a truly memorable venue for your Wedding Day. Aston Norwood is a stunning Wellington Wedding Venue – uniquely placed with it’s classic European style architecture and manicured gardens, stylishly complemented with an ‘on-demand’ Waterfall as your wedding backdrop! Numerous other spots around their 14 acres, boast the classic garden lawn, bridges over the river and a large beach tree with aged stone surround. Our Gatsby Suite is a warm welcoming room with a fairy-tale staircase and open log fire place. Offering Brides-To-Be the perfect ‘blank-canvas’ on which to paint their wedding ‘vision’. Personalised service is our specialty. Our Chefs offer flexible menus, ranging from Cocktails or Hor d’oeuvres, Garden Parties, High Teas, Buffets and BBQ styles. Food service can be customised to your individual needs for your special day.


Memorable Functions

Rimutaka Room and Gatsby Suite, the home of your next function …

Both rooms have views of the gardens with in and outdoor flow. The Gatsby Suite – a 350sq metre high ceiling auditorium that can easily seat up to 250 guests. Flows on to expansive patio area with wrought iron tables and chairs overlooking the garden. The Rimutaka Room – a 100sq metre continental style room which accommodates the smaller private conference/wedding with seating for approx. 60 guests with flow onto our courtyard with macrocarpa picnic tables. At around 35mins north of Wellington City, Aston Norwood is ideally placed for any type of event. Both rooms have an open fire for the cooler months. This makes Aston Norwood the perfect venue all year round, no matter what the weather!


Featured Gardens

Aston Norwood Gardens are the quintessential all-year-round oasis …

We hope you enjoy experiencing the gardens as much as we do.  Twenty-two years ago, Aston Norwood Gardens, known then as Kaitoke Country Gardens started as bare paddocks with only a few trees.  Officially opened to the public in 1995, the gardens have gloriously come of age. There are landscape and water features, including an on-demand waterfall, ponds and a stream with eels and frogs. Cherry Blossoms are out mid September and full of bloom. A must see, they are amazing! As our gardens are forever changing, feel free to witness and experience each new season by returning and enjoying the evolving landscape. New plantings of maples, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias populate the garden – these are a delight to explore. What are you waiting for?  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Open Times

Weekdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends 8:00am - 5:00pm
Contact 04 526 6639
or 021 2167691

Aston Norwood Gardens (1995).

Formerly known as Kaitoke Country Gardens …We have 14 acres of stunning, secret gardens for you to explore and enjoy, which are lovingly and carefully maintained by property owners Fiona & Mark Rammell.

Aston Norwood is the perfect place for your special event – Wedding, Engagement, Anniversary or Birthday. What makes the gardens so unique is the many retreats throughout the gardens to spend time enjoying the ponds, maze, bridge going over the river and a waterfall for your very special day. The Kaitoke Regional Park is just down the road with the famous site from Lord of the Rings A huge carpark means no parking hassles and so convenient.

Easy to find on State Highway 2 just before you head over the Rimutakas. A perfect rest stop for coffee before and after the drive. The Wairarapa is also a great area to visit – we are the gateway on your entrance or exit.

Aston Norwood Café & Function Centre has recently benefitted from a change of ownership, bringing a fresh new approach to café and function management along with an enthusiastic welcome from experienced and courteous staff members, the aim is to give every visitor to Aston Norwood an enjoyable experience.