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 - Canterbury Gardens Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. From Christchurch we drive north to the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

We stop for lunch at Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden and visit the stunning "Art in a Garden" sculpture exhibition. This is an annual event where artists, sculptors, potters and jewellers exhibit in this beautiful location. Penny’s garden on terraced riverbed country 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 is the perfect gallery for an annual presentation of artworks 

 

Day 2: Hanmer - Waipara Country Fete - Hanmer

Waipara Country Fete - Canterbury Gardens Tour

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 - Christchurch - Lincoln - Ashburton

Spring Flowers Trotts Garden - Canterbury Gardens Tour

After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we travel south down the Canterbury Plains to  Waipara and onto Christchurch. Near Lincoln we enjoy a private lunch with Kathy and Grant Gillat at Silverstream Lodge where swans float on a lake set among beautiful gardens.

After relaxing at Silversteam Lodge we head towards Ashburton where we visit Margaret Gallagher’s garden. In the afternoon we check into the Ashburton Hotel and dine in your hotel this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch with Kathy and Grant Gillat at Silverstream Lodge
  • Visit Margaret Gallagher’s garden

Day 4: Ashburton - Akaunui Homestead - Mt Somers

Akaunui Homestead - Canterbury Gardens Tour

In Ashburton we visit Bob and Marg Verrall’s Winchmore Gardens and later we visit Donald and Carolyn Williamson’s Coniston garden featuring rhododendrons and camellias and large trees planted in the 1870s.

Nearby at Akaunui, we join our hosts Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 100 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Most of the items on the menu will have been grown in Di's bountiful garden. We arrive in Mt Somers in the late afternoon. Sean and Madeline Brown host us at Stronechrubie this evening. Sean is an outstanding chef and high country cuisine will be on the menu.

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

Old Schoolhouse Garden - Canterbury Gardens Tour

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 lunch with Frances and Don Stanton in their sweet 1878 schoolhouse near Mt Somers surrounded by a picturesque cottage garden. Then at the end of the day we visit Sara Grigg's magnificent garden at Surrey Hills Station. We dine at Stronechrubie this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Lunch at a charming 1878 schoolhouse with Frances and Don Stanton 
  • Visit Sara Grigg's beautiful garden at historic Surrey Hills Station

Day 6: Mt Somers - Akaroa

Akaroa Waterfront - Canterbury Gardens Tour

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.

In Akaroa your Bruce Apartments are along the harbour’s edge. Akaroa is a pretty village known for its historic houses, some tracing their origins back to the early French settlers. There’s free time to explore the town before dining out this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Private lunch at Blythcliffe – a grand historic house in Akaroa
  • Tour Akaroa's streets of historic houses, some tracing their origin back to early the early French settlers

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

Giants House - Canterbury Gardens Tour

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 and The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery featuring her sculptural mosaics and paintings. 

Then 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
  • The Giant’s House is alive with amazing sculptures and mosaics

Day 8: Akaroa - Christchurch - Auckland

Christchurch ReStart Mall - Canterbury Gardens Tour

We visit Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm for morning tea. We call into Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop before returning over the hill to lunch at Little River before making our way into Christchurch internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’ due it's well-established expansive parks and public gardens.

We tour the city centre rebuild and the funky new Re:Start Mall, built from shipping containers. Our flight departs for Auckland in the late afternoon.Thank you for choosing your New Zealand garden tour with MoaTrek.

What you'll love today
  • More than 100 different native plants are recorded to grow at French Farm
  • See the fascinating and innovative rebuild of Christchurch first hand

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