Outstanding beachside location & fantastic service. The Zen Garden at Whitford is an amazing Japanese-styled venue, located just outside of Auckland. It has beautiful scenic views of Rangitoto, the bays and surrounding forests, and it feels very much like you’ve stepped into feudal-era Kyoto. Zen Garden is available for weddings, corporate events, private bookings, and is frequently used to film TV commercials and movies. It also features unique accommodation and 5-star catering.