On this springtime New Zealand garden tour, you’ll enjoy private farmhouse lunches with country hospitality and blooming gardens at their seasonal best. Numerous highlights of this garden tour include the Art in a Garden sculpture exhibition, the art show at Hawarden and the Waipara Country Fete. 

8 Day / 7 Night Tour departing Auckland, with stays in Hanmer Springs, the Canterbury Countryside and Akaroa with a visit to the Waipara Country Fete

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Day 1: Auckland - Christchurch - Hanmer Springs

Art in a Garden at Flaxmere Garden Canterbury

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. From Christchurch we drive north to lunch at Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden where "Art in a Garden" is getting ready to open. This is an annual event where artists, sculptors, potters and jewellers exhibit. Penny’s garden on a terraced riverbed is a seven acre Garden of National Significance, 45 years in the making.

Later in the day we continue to Hanmer Springs and the Heritage Hotel, our home for two nights.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch with Penny Zino at her Flaxmere Farm
  • Art in a Garden as they prepare for their annual event

 

Day 2: Hanmer - Waipara Country Fete - Hanmer

Guests at Hanmer Springs

Relax and enjoy this famous one day event – the Waipara Country Fete. There are over 200 stalls to browse, including fine arts and crafts, local wine and food. It's where South Islanders go to shop early for Christmas, not to mention a wonderful highlight on this New Zealand garden tour.

In the afternoon we return to Hanmer in plenty of time to enjoy a soak in the hot pools or check out Hanmer's boutique shops before dining this evening.

What you'll love today
  • At the Waipara Country Fete you can do all your Christmas shopping in one swoop!
  • Relax at the Hanmer Springs Hotel with time for a relaxing soak in the famous hot springs

Day 3: Hanmer - Hurunui Gardens - Christchurch

Spring Flowers in Canterbury

After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we travel south down the Canterbury Plains to explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui - Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalziel at Coldstream, Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood and Sue and Mark Rutherford at Gola Peaks.

In the mid afternoon we travel on to Christchurch and the Chateau in the Park across the road from Hagley Park. Dine in the garden restaurant at the hotel tonight.

What you'll love today
  • The best gardens in the Hurunui district on their annual open day
  • Dinner in the garden at the Chateau on the Park

Day 4: Christchurch - Consiton Gardens - Akaunui Homestead - Mt Somers

Pond and garden reflections at Coniston in Canterbury

We visit to Robyn Kilty's inner city garden before heading south to Carol and Donald Williamson at Consiton Gardens with its vintage classic car and farm machinery collections.

Nearby at Akaunui we join our hosts Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 112 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Sean and Madeline Brown host us at Stronechrubie, Mt Somers this evening. Sean is an outstanding chef known for high country cuisine.

What you'll love today
  • Akaunui Farm – enjoy a private lunch at this mid-Cantebury farm homestead
  • Dine at Stronechrubie's award-winning lamb and beef restaurant at the foot of the Southern Alps

Day 5: Mt Somers - Mid Canterbury farm gardens

View of the Southern Alps from Rangiatea Garden

Driving into the Mt Somers countryside to visit farm gardens in the foothills of the Southern Alps. We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher’s garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm, their jewellery shop and gallery display of agate rock found on the property.

We visit Victoria and Evan Thatcher's garden at Peel forest and Paul and Sara Grigg's garden at Surrey Hills Station.

What you'll love today
  • A real snapshot into country life with three Canterbury home and garden visits
  • Visit Sara Grigg's beautiful garden at historic Surrey Hills Station

Day 6: Mt Somers - Blythcliffe House - Giant's House - Akaroa

Alfresco lunch at Blythcliffe Garden Akaroa

This morning we leave the Canterbury Plains for the expansive views from the top of Banks Peninsula. We lunch in Akaroa with John and Lesley at Blythcliffe built in 1857, the expansive garden reflects its colonial history.

The Giant's House garden, alive with scuptural mosaics, is always a highlight and our friend Josie Martin is right there to show us around. In Akaroa your Bruce Apartments are along the harbour’s edge.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch at Blythcliffe – a grand historic house in Akaroa
  • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery featuring her sculptural mosaics and paintings.

Day 7: Akaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Bank's Peninsula touring

Coastal views at Fishermans Bay Garden Banks Peninsula

After a leisurely breakfast in Akaroa we set off for some local touring of the Banks Peninsula. We visit Jos & Stew Howden’s Potter’s Croft garden before we drive to Fisherman’s Bay where along a dramatic clifftop Richard and Jill Simpson have created a stunning garden with a variety of planting themes. We have a private lunch with the Simpsons and explore the garden in a relaxed manner. In the afternoon we sightsee on the way back into town.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch with Richard and Jill Simpson at Fisherman’s Bay
  • Discover the French connections of Akaroa

Day 8: Akaroa - French Farm - Ohinetahi - Christchurch - Auckland

Ohinetahi Homestead and Garden - MoaTours

We visit Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm and call into Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop nearby then return over the hill to lunch at Little River. We take Gebbes Pass to Governor's Bay for afternoon tea at Miles Warren's superb Ohinetahi, a garden of international significance.

From here it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Auckland. Thank you for choosing your New Zealand garden tour with MoaTours.

What you'll love today
  • More than 100 different native plants grow at French Farm
  • Historic Ohinetahi Homestead and Garden

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