Discover the beautiful country gardens of the Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Northern Wairarapa and Manawatu. Stay in Masterton and Feilding, both winners of town beauty contests, and enjoy the fun of the fair at Cross Hills Gardens.

7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland, Taupo, Masterton, Feilding & Tongariro National Park with a visit to the Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair

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$3190 pp twin
$3790 pp single

Tour Map

Day 1: Auckland - Hamilton - Tamahere - Taupo

Moondance Manor and homestead Tamahere, Waikato

We visit renowned Hamilton Gardens and lunch with Jeanette and Stephen Williams at Moondance Manor and enjoy their expansive garden.

Near Wairakei we call into Linda Peat and Tim Birdsall’s Tullamore Garden where miniature Galloway cattle graze. We stay at the Millennium Hotel & Resort, Manuels on Taupo’s lakeside and dine in tonight.

What you'll love today
  • Hosted lunch at Moondance Manor
  • Stay lakeside in Lake Taupo

Day 2: Taupo - Trelinnoe Park - Napier - Eketahuna - Masterton

Views of Te Mata Peak and the Hawkes Bay Countryside

Close to the Taupo/Napier road Bruce Wills' Trelinnoe Park has a wonderful diversity of plants from the Himalayas to Brazil. In Eketahuna we visit Warren and Robyn Walker’s Braemore Farm Garden which features a cottage garden, around the house, an avery, mature trees, rhododendrons and hostas, a large pond and wilderness.

We stay two nights in Masterton at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Solway Park and dine in this evening.

What you'll love today
  • The exotic flora of Trelinnoe Park
  • Unpack for two nights in Masterton

Day 3: Brancepeth & Te Parae Homesteads, Wainuioru - Dursley Garden

Homestead and gardens at Brancepeth Historic Homestead

Edward Beetham guides us through Brancepeth his family’s homestead, gardens and farm buildings dating back to the 1850s. We lunch nearby with Angela Williams at Te Parae homestead built in 1905 which shares family history with Brancepeth. The house and garden are set around a large lake. Thoroughbred horse breeding is a family tradition.

Later we meet Judith Callaghan at her big and colourful country garden, Dursley, designed by Alfred Buxton in 1916.

What you'll love today
  • Three iconic Wairarapa Gardens
  • Meet local gardening personalities

Day 4: Masterton - Woodville - Lansdale, Kairanga - Feilding

Windfarm in the Manawatu

Masterton is the home of the Golden Shears championship so naturally we visit the town's Wool Museum. Then we stop by Glenn McDean's and Roger Musgrove’s Sarah Jones garden in Woodville. Nearby Saddle Road climbs upwards to the Te Apiti wind farm stretching along the ridge. We lunch at the Buxton designed garden, Lansdale in Kairanga, still tended by the original owner's family.

We stay two nights at South Street West Motel.

What you'll love today
  • Cross the Saddle road and see the famous Manawatu wind farm
  • Another famous MoaTours home hosted lunch near Feilding

Day 5: Manawatu Gardens

Garden views at Greenhaugh, Kairanga

A local farmer guides us through Feilding’s historic sale yards. We visit Lynne Atkin’s wonderful Greenhaugh Gardens surrounding the homestead built in 1874 and lunch at Su Pendergast’s Wakefields Lodge where rhododendrons and prunus are flowering.

We end the day at Caroline Van der Haas’ picturesque house and garden and special gift shop.

What you'll love today
  • The Manawatu's best gardens
  • Historic Feilding sale yards

Day 6: Feilding - Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair - Chateau Tongariro

Stalls and friendly attendants at the Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair

We visit Heritage Park Rhododendron Garden which is maintained by volunteers. At Cross Hills Gardens’ Country Fair 180 stalls showcase unique and New Zealand–made products displayed in Rodney and Faith Wilson’s magnificent 7ha garden of 2000 rhododendrons and azaleas.

In the afternoon we drive the scenic Ruahine Road to Mangaweka and on to Ohakune to stay at The Chateau Tongariro Hotel where we dine in this evening.

What you'll love today
  • All the fun of the Cross Hills Gardens' Country Fair
  • Enjoy your last night in style at the Chateau Tongariro

Day 7: Tongariro National Park - Parkwood Garden - Crosshills Farm - Tree Church - Auckland

Church made of trees Ohaupo, Waikato

If it’s a clear day we drive to the Top o’ the Bruce on Mt Ruapehu to enjoy the amazing view and volcanic landscape. Sweeping lawns and colourful borders feature in Ailsa and Carey Sanson’s 10 year old Parkwood Garden near Otorohanga.

We lunch at Debbie and Fraser Robertson’s Crosshills Farm and visit Barry Cox's unique Tree Church garden at Ohaupo on the way back to Auckland.

What you'll love today
  • The stunning views from Mt Ruapehu
  • Barry Cox's unique Tree Church Garden 

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