In 1979 quarrying ceased in this area and a few years later the Te Puna Quarry Park Society was formed. Planting began in 1997 and today, as a result of volunteer labour, Tauranga now has this lovely tranquil garden on its doorstep for everyone to enjoy free of charge. On a stunning Autumn day, we walked part of the main circular track , for the moderately fit, the pamphlet states, but it’s very easy walking and there are lots of resting places. My favourite exhibit was the Butterfly Terrace, which is under the guidance of the Monarch Butterfly Trust. There were hundreds of crysalises waiting to hatch, lots of butterflies just emerging from their crysalises and dozens of mature butterflies flitting around their very own garden. This is just one of many specialist gardens. So if you have a spare couple of hours on a nice sunny day, take a picnic lunch and stop at the Te Puna Quarry Park – if you’re a garden buff, I’m sure you won’t regret it.