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Interview: Don Reid – The Yard Central, Wanaka

By on June 8, 2017

Don Reid, is one of the Managing Directors of The Yard Central in Wanaka. We caught up with him to get the low down on the world of landscaping within the Wanaka region.

Wanaka has seen some significant growth in recent years and it does not look to be slowing down in the near future. It is critical to finish off  a property with carefully thought out landscaping, either complimenting a new build or bringing life into an ageing section.  I highly recommend Don personally – his team have worked on our current property and we will be using him again on the completion of our new build in 2018.

He has a great sense of humour too, just listen out for his radio ads!


How long have you been involved with your business (The Yard) in Wanaka?

Nearly five years.



What is the most rewarding part of your role with The Yard?

People’s reaction from a messy start to an immaculate result.


As with real estate communication is critical – what are the key ingredients for a good brief from clients?

A couple that agree always helps.


What is the biggest mistake people make when designing a garden?

Too much lawn.


What trends are you predicting in the landscaping field this year? 

More super low maintenance projects.


Best place to get coffee in Wanaka?



Name 5 people (dead or alive) you’d invite to a dinner party.

Micky Flangan and Sean Lock (for laughs), Kate Beckinsale and Michelle from Coronation St (for looks), and Stepen Hawking (for very deep thinking).


What recent work have you been most proud of and why?

We’ve totally transformed the properties below.






Does Wanaka differ from other NZ regions for your line of work?  If so, how so?

Extreme seasonal variations and lots of new builds.


What is Wanaka best kept secret?

Can’t tell…


Best advice for people moving to Wanaka?

Be prepared for “Wanaka Time”.


It’s 10am on a Sunday morning, where would we find you and what are you doing?

Rushing around on a bike/skis/windsurfer.


Favourite time of year in Wanaka and why?

Clear autumn days. Cool to start and warm afternoons.


Visit The Yard Central click Here

Or Phone 03 443 5069




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