Outdoor Sensory Space

Outside space

Te Ara Ātea is alive with spaces to explore and play – both inside and out.

Fancy learning about how to grow vegetables or pruning trees in an outdoor setting? How about just finding a quiet nook to read your favourite book? The sensory garden will be where you catch up with family and friends, meet new people or just relax.

A sensory space and garden engages all the senses – sight, touch, sound, smell and taste. It features pergolas, raised gardens with edible plants, outdoor instruments, water and colour features.

Hundreds of enthusiastic and creative souls from nine schools throughout the district, have devoted their time to brainstorm, sketch, design and paint beautiful feature poles and decorative mosaic tiles for the sensory space.

The brightly decorated poles signify each school’s unique character and our district’s landscape, flora, birdlife and environment.


The sensory garden will be open from December 2021.

Schools involved were:

  • Te Ahi Kaikōmako (Rolleston) School
  • West Rolleston Primary School
  • Waitaha School
  • Southbridge School
  • Lemonwood School
  • Rolleston Christian School
  • Glentunnel School
  • Clearview School
  • Windwhistle School