lifestyle block landscape design


Garden with border

Dickey garden

“We have used the services of Robin Shafer on three major projects.

The first one was for our Heritage Gothic design house in Devonport. The main centre feature of the garden was a revolving close line.

Robin was able to transfer the garden into a beautiful formal classical garden with Pergolas, summer house, heritage designed patio and formal planting which enhanced the period features of the house and made it look like it had always been there. The garden was open to many charity garden tours including Trinity gardens.

Our second project was a lifestyle property with a French Styled house. We wanted to achieve an English/ French influence in the grounds with deciduous trees.  Her choice of trees and the design lay out has been fantastic. Robin redesigned the driveway with lovely curves including parking spaces and helped to re-establish a third pond area close to the driveway which creates a lovely drive in to our home.

More recently we did a subdivision which required a 3500 native plant out with design.  We found Robin very helpful in dealing with the Council to obtain resource consent which enabled us to retain the ambience we required.

Robin has the ability to adapt the design over a broad set of requirements whatever the garden setting be it small, large, private, pool setting, modern or formal.

We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other potential clients in fact we have.”

The Dickeys

Swimming pool design and lighting

Shafer pool design and landscaping

“The Garden Lighting Company has had a long association with the team at Shafer design. We have been privileged to enhance many of the teams landscape projects, turning them into stunning night scenes through well thought out garden lighting designs. Our team always enjoys working on these projects as they are so beautifully laid out with amazing flair, creativity and attention to detail.

We have found the team at Shafer design to be thoroughly professional, creative with a cooperative team approach and they are fun to work with. I highly recommend Robin and her team for any landscaping projects.”

Barry Sluiters, The Garden Lighting Company

“We have had the pleasure of working with Shafer design twice.  The first project started as pool design and ended up transforming our home into a tropical oasis, we had years of great times enjoying the incredible space and flow that was created, we are confident the design added significant value to the property when we sold it.

We had no hesitation in working with Shafer on our next property, it was quite a different brief on a lifestyle block with extensive native bush, expansive ocean views and no clearly defined boundaries to the project.  We have ended up with a stunning pool, exceptional landscaping which complements our setting and has created an outdoor living space that is beyond our expectations.

The team are professional, have exceptional knowledge and high attention to detail.  Furthermore, the teams’ experience and creative approach were especially valued when working around existing structures and challenging land contour.  I have recommended Shafer Design to friends and family and have enjoyed seeing many great projects that they have completed.”

Trish McLean

“Our company has installed and maintained a large number of Shafer Design gardens in the past eighteen years and every one of them has been a pleasure to work on.  The designs are extremely elegant, well thought through and successful. Many of the gardens we have installed, we also maintain and have seen them mature into beautiful gardens.  The team at Shafer Design are professional, very friendly and great to work with.”

Christine Ramage, East West Landscaping Limited

“Lanzpec has been working with Shafer Design since 1995.  During that time we have formed a friendly but professional relationship with the design team.  The detail required to implement complex designs was always available to us and we have found that the quality of the design is also matched by the quality of the clients that Shafer Design brings to Lanzpec.  We have the upmost respect for Shafer Design and look forward to a long, continued relationship.”

Bruce and Marg Robinson, Lanzpec

Home opening onto swimming pool

Logue home swimming pool design

“We have had the pleasure to work with Robin and the team at Shafer design in the building of our award-winning home.  Robin worked with a blank canvas where she transformed a clay hillside into a lush contemporary soft and hard landscape which has proven idyllic for our family.  Shafer Design delivered seamless flowing functional outdoor liveable spaces including a beautiful pool with native gardens that our family get to really enjoy every day.

Robin’s design has been an excellent investment where clever design has truly added significant value to our home.  We couldn’t recommend Robin and her team enough.”

Check out the Logue family singing on the edge of the family’s stunning pool.





Danny, Karen, Sam, Tom and Emily Logue

“We have been working with Shafer Design for the last couple of years.  Robin and the team are very creative and knowledgeable, and add great value to our clients’ projects.”

Joseph Long, LTD Architectural Design Studio

“Three years ago we bought a 28 acre bare block of land in the Waitoki district.  Once the driveway was created, house built, and 2 ponds dug, we ended up with an acre of lawn to be turned into a useable garden and it seemed overwhelming. We employed Robin from Shafer Design as she had local knowledge of our area.  She had great vision as to the fencing layout, hard landscaping and plant selection.  She listened and took on board our requests and came up with an amazing final design.  It has been money well spent as we are only buying plants that will thrive.   We would not hesitate in recommending Shafer Design to help create a garden to be proud of.”

The Golders

“It was back in the mid 90’s when Jenny and I created/planted the garden following your design and planting schedule precisely. We’ve had so many years of enjoyment from it!  We sold the property back in November last year and it was the garden that was the star feature and subsequently attracted the buyer!  Thank you again Robin.”

The Thompsons

Swimming pool design

McLean pool design

We engaged with Shafer Design from a referral given to us, the initial scope of engagement was to ascertain the viability of putting an inground pool in our property in Mt Eden. Plenty of challenges including limited access and difficult volcanic terrain needed to be considered, however once we were told that what we wanted was possible, the clever design of the pool including flow from the house, garden/landscaping and other associated works were all put together by Robin and her team and we love the end result.

What we noticed most about Shafer Design, other than the comprehensive final design, was the way the Shafer team worked together to get the result we wanted, Joe, Clare, Tracy and of course Robin all have expertise and obvious experience that’s needed with these sort of structural projects. So well done Shafer Design, from our perspective a great result and we have no hesitation in recommending your services.

Ian and Chris McLean

“Thank you so much for all your amazing work!  We absolutely love how the landscaping is shaping up so far.  We are so glad that we chose your team.”

Karl Vermeulen

From a supplier’s point of view working with Shafer Design is an outstanding experience.
Robin and the team place high emphasis on meeting the needs of their customers to the highest standard possible.They are effective in communication, design and project management and their attention to detail makes my job and the ultimate result for the client a winner every time.

Manda Hellier, Tile Space

“Having worked with Robin and her professional team of designers for many years I have always been impressed not just with their professional approach to their work but also their unique and innovative approach to design. This always results in an individual landscape design for each client and allows us to construct the unique pools these designs have. Their vast experience and attention to detail always results in a successful outcome for each project and makes them a pleasure to work with.”

Carlos Morgan, Morgan Pools

“We worked with the Shafer design team on a recommendation from our architect during the design stages of our house.

From our initial meeting onwards, we had confidence that we were being listened to and not being given a prescribed or reproduced solution.

Our site can be windy, and we had a clear idea of what landscape maintenance we didn’t want to do. Robin and the team listened, adjusted designs and met our needs fully from start to finish.

We appreciated that we could tailor the solutions offered by Shafer Design to our needs and skillset and got exactly what we wanted and needed. We asked some dumb questions, and got great answers in a non-condescending way, which again meant we felt listened to and regardless of the scale of what we were doing we felt valued as clients. Working around our intended pool design we moved it on the plans and got a great result that we hadn’t previously considered.

We can’t wait for the project to be finished, and by then a lot of our planting will have been “in the ground” for over a year, so we can enjoy what’s obviously a well-designed and suitable landscape.

We would highly recommend Shafer Design if you are looking for landscape advice and design- we would happily use them again.”

Kris and Wendy

“This extensive landscape, construction and pool project proceeded on schedule, to budget and to stunning result. I whole-heartedly recommend Robin and her team.”


“Every single day my garden gives me a thrill. It looks amazing, thank you.  I have so much pleasure from both of my gardens.  I am grateful that you have established for me a beautiful area that lifts my soul.”


“Robin turned our grounds into a work of art and we totally trust her advice. She is creative and practical and very quickly sees how to make an area look fabulous!”

The Walkers

“We have utilised Shafer Landscape Design” for the past 15 + years and will continue to utilise their expertise.  I would have no hesitation to recommend Robin Shafer and her team to Landscape design your latest project”

David Gaze

Large house and pool

Eskrigge pool and garden design

“Robin was a pleasure to deal and right from the outset really understood what we wanted to achieve with our garden. We were very happy with the entire design process and the end result exceeded our expectations. Our garden is magnificent.”

Steve & Sharyn Eskrigge, Kohimarama, Auckland

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Jessie who provided superb advice which showed she had a solid understanding of the final garden we wanted. The recommended plantings were well researched & very detailed – suiting our landscape perfectly. We never could have done this ourselves.”

Daniel & Bridget Lem, Karaka, Auckland

“Thoroughly enjoyed the entire journey working with all of the team at Shafer Design.  From a blank canvas that comes with a new build to completion of the stunning and admired landscape that we have today, we couldn’t be happier.

Classic pool with buxus hedging and discrete pool fencing

Classic pool with buxus hedging and discrete pool fencing

All of the complexities of the site were handled with ease

All of the complexities of the site were handled with ease and the creative design outstanding.  Robin, you literally nailed the brief from the outset and have given us the garden of our dreams.

Constantly admired by people passing by, we relish the complements received and love that we’re sharing our beautiful garden with others – it’s fair to say that it’s become quite the landmark in the community.  We’re actually amused and amazed that no one has fallen into our front hedge, having witnessed many that lean so far over it in an attempt to see through to the pool area at the back.”

Angela and Colin Hill, Beachlands, Auckland

“The owners wanted to create a peaceful and calm oasis of tropical beauty in the only private courtyard of the property. This area had previously been a miserable little place. The design by Tracy of Shafers and the installation by Matt of Lanzpec has created exactly what was envisaged. And will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Wayne Mapp, Auckland

“I had the pleasure of working with Shafer Design over a complex project concerning forward growth projections of trees.  The staff are so very friendly and a pleasure to deal with – it was a most enjoyable worry free experience for me.  The staff are very thorough, highly professional and nothing was too much trouble.  I was very pleased with the overall portfolio presented and would not hesitate to use their services again.  I would readily recommend them for professional and valued services at a reasonable cost.”

Elizabeth Lauder, Stanmore Bay

“My local nursery recommended we contact Shafer Design to design our future garden for our newly built house in Matakana.  The house sat on a huge sheep paddock with not a tree or plant to be seen.  Tracy Chalmers came to see us and within a short time we were on the same page regarding our vision and the garden design.  To be able to see and visualise the end result through their great 3D video software really made the journey exciting and worthwhile for us.  Having bare land felt quite daunting and with Tracy’s guidance we had a detailed planting plan done for the landscaping around the house.  This has enabled us to make a start to what will be a stunning garden and property to enjoy and share with our family and friends for many years to come.”

Brett and Sami Meyer, Matakana

“Having recently engaged Shafer Design on two projects, we have found them extremely efficient, professional and more than competent.  Their friendly, warm, helpful manner made them a pleasure and easy to work with.  We would highly recommend them for any design needs you may have.”

Peter and Bev Mortlock, Auckland

“Robin, Jessie and the team had a true ability to see beyond the overgrown chaos that was our garden and recognise the potential of the site.  They helped us create different spaces within our garden area so that it meets the needs of the entire family.  The glass end on the pool was a stroke of genius!  The resource and building consent documentation required by the council was really overwhelming for us as the client.  Having Shafer Design complete this work for us, to the level that they do, was a godsend!”

Epsom client

“We have lived at our current location adjacent to a Council Reserve on Red Beach since 1978. Over the years we have carried out numerous modifications to our house & section.

Our latest challenge came about because our retaining wall was collapsing & causing subsidence to our land to such an extent that our decks were pulling away from the house.

We were unsure of how we were going to landscape & plant.  A friend recommended us to Robin & the Shafer Design team.  The plan that they came up with exceeded our expectations & turned an ordinary looking renovation into a brilliant result.  With a lot of innovative ideas including floating steps, with curved features & the vertical Kwila base, we now have a stunning picturesque look.  The comprehensive planting plan which Nick Ball followed to the letter is starting to grow &  turn our property into something of which we are truly proud.”

Des and Jan Adams, Red Beach

Coastal garden with kwila decking

Coastal garden with floating steps

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“People who are involved in the process feel as if their gardens belong to them, and tend to enjoy them better.”