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 Christmas Country Fete. 

7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland, with stays in Hanmer Springs, the Canterbury Countryside and Akaroa with a visit to the Christmas 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  six star, seven acre, Garden of International Significance, 46 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 - Christmas Country Fete - Hanmer

Guests at Hanmer Springs

Relax and enjoy this famous one day event – the Christmas 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 Christmas 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 - Mt Somers

Spring Flowers in Canterbury

After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui - visiting Doreen and Michael Dryden at Loch Leaven, lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalziel at Coldstream and meet Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood. 

In the mid afternoon we travel on down the Canterbury Plains to Mount Somers where we stay two nights at Stronechrubie and nearby B&Bs. We dine at Stronechrubie's restaurant.

What you'll love today
  • Visit the gardens of the Hurunui district 
  • Lunch at Coldstream garden

Day 4: Mt Somers - Rangiatea - Coniston Gardens - Akaunui Farm - Mt Somers

Pond and garden reflections at Coniston in Canterbury

We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher's garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm. Their jewellery shop and gallery display agate rocks found on the property. Then we call into Carol and Donald Williamson's Coniston Gardens with its vintage, classic cars and farm machinery collections.

Nearby at Akaunui we join Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 113 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Sean and Madeline Brown host us again at Stronechrubie this evening. 

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

Day 5: Mt Somers - Blythcliffe House - The Giant's House - Akaroa

View of the Southern Alps from Rangiatea Garden

We visit Paul and Sara Grigg's garden nearby at Surrey Hills Station before heading for Akaroa to lunch with John and Lesley at Blythcliffe. Built in 1857, the architecture and expansive garden reflects its colonial history.

Later we visit The Giant's House, a six star garden of International Significance that's alive with sculptural mosaics. This unique garden is always a highlight and our friend Josie Martin is there to show us around.

What you'll love today
  • Lunch at Blythcliffe, a colonial house in Akaroa
  • The quirky, colourful sculptures at The Giant's House 

Day 6: Akaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Bank's Peninsula touring

Coastal views at Fishermans Bay Garden Banks Peninsula

After breakfast we set off for some local touring. We visit Jos and Stew Howden's Potter's Croft garden then drive to Fisherman’s Bay. Along a dramatic clifftop Richard and Jill Simpson have created a stunning garden with a variety of planting themes. We lunch with the Simpsons and explore the garden. 

We return to Akaroa in time to wander this pretty village with its French connections. We dine along the waterfront this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch with Richard and Jill Simpson at Fisherman’s Bay
  • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery featuring her sculptural mosaics and paintings.

Day 7: 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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