Grassroots Rose Nursery

Closed for all mail orders

Due to unprecedented demand and Covid disruptions
We are currently closed for online mail orders.

But please do come along to our next open day when the roses will be coming into bloom!


Open nursery & gardens

Sunday, 8 November 2020
10:00 am-3:00 pm

Open Gardens & Nursery @ Grassroots Roses & Perennials. Country plant nursery full of old-fashioned roses and perennials and great prices. Plus two gardens to enjoy.

Admission is free, Dogs on leads welcome.

An easy drive from Auckland or Waikato. Perfect Spring outing for any gardener.

Sorry no EFTPOS (payment by cash or bank transfer)

Unwanted pots welcome

20 minutes from Bombay at
761 Kaiaua Rd, Mangatangi, North Waikato


Romantic easy-care roses for sale

Grass Roots Rose Nursery - Roxburghii - The chestnut roseGrassroots Roses is a specialist online rose nursery in North Waikato. We grow all sorts of roses but focus on selling old-fashioned and heritage rose plants. We have created an extensive collection of around 500 varieties, many unavailable from commercial nurseries.

From our home-based nursery we can supply mail-order rose bushes to anywhere in New Zealand at very reasonable $ prices.

Ordering rose plants online

To buy our heritage rose plants or perennials online, please email or call us. It may be a bit old-fashioned but that way you get to talk to a real person about your garden requirements.

Or, come and visit (by appointment only) and we’ll help you choose. We are only 20 minutes south of Bombay. Come from Auckland or Hamilton for an easy country ramble and visit our  rose garden and nursery in the stunning Kaiaua Valley. Make a day of it and visit the Miranda hot pools, bird sanctuary and enjoy ‘world famous’ Kaiaua Fish & Chips,

Old-fashioned passion

Grass Roots Rose Nursery : James MasonLots of people think growing and looking after rose bushes is really hard, so they grow “low maintenance” plants like natives and grasses (not that there is anything wrong with them but, let’s face it, it’s good to have flowers and the bees are very grateful).

In fact old fashioned varieties can be really easy in our kind New Zealand climate. They are also very hardy and hang on when many other plants give up the ghost. That is why old roses can still be found growing on old farms, sections and even roadsides.

David Austin’s for sale

Grass Roots Roses : Austin's Allux SymphonyMany of our favourites are the David Austin English Roses. We are now propagating these successfully on their own roots. Some are a bit more fussy than some of the other roses and will need more care. To help you along we have written a Guide to growing David Austins in humid Auckland / Waikato northerly conditions.

Ready to plant

We make all our roses and perennials from cuttings or root pieces taken from  our gardens at Mangatangi. They are raised in completely outdoor conditions, therefore, when you buy, the plants are 100 percent hardened off. They are ready to go as soon as you get them in the ground.

Rose nursery catalogue

See our online Roses for sale and Perennials for sale. Please note that our website is still a work in progress so not all our roses are listed online. For orders, advice, inquiries please contact us.


If you are not sure what roses are suitable for your garden, then please contact us to let us know what you are looking for. Drawing on our many years of rose growing experience, we will be happy to make recommendations.

Sales & delivery

We have been selling partially bare-rooted roses at very reasonable prices for many years now, with great success. We sell mail orders to gardeners and rose lovers  all over New Zealand. For further information or orders please do contact us.

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New book release

Confessions of a Reluctant Gardener by Aucklander Evan Lewis, 2019, artist, author, poet and gardener.

A tongue-in-cheek, comprehensive NZ gardening guide, mixing sound advice with wicked humour, featuring drawings by the author and including a useful short summary of the various types of garden roses and their history and cultivation.

Soft cover, 210 x 130mm; digital production, designed and typeset by Puriri Press, printed by PDQ Print. Published by Puriri Press. 186 pages, ISBN 978-0-908943-49-4

$40 including postage within NZ.

Buy online from Puriri Press  or email the author

Sneak preview:

A clothes’ line a lawn and a lemon tree – a good starting point

Subtropical paradise: Big leaves, bold colours and lots of mosquitoes