• Escorted Tour

High Country Gardens & Akaroa

This planned escape is to two outstanding areas of the South Island. Akaroa with its French influence and quieter atmosphere. We have handpicked gardens for you to visit, allowing time to wander and enjoy this corner of our country. From Methven, a gateway to the High Country, we have a day of garden visits as well as a memorable day of 4WD adventure to Mesopotamia Station.




Your travel itinerary

Monday 21 November

Auckland (or alternative) to Christchurch

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On arrival transfer to a central city hotel and meet your guide for a walking tour
of the regenerated city. Welcome dinner with fellow travelers this evening.

Tuesday 22 November

Christchurch – Akaroa

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 This morning our travel is to Ohinetahi Gardens at Governors Bay.  Ohinetahi is situated at the head of Lyttelton harbour.. Ōhinetahi valley is situated at the head of Lyttelton Harbour. The Ōhinetahi Homestead is considered to be a significant historic building, and considered to be one of New Zealand finest formal garden. Sir Miles Warren, architect of the Christchurch Town Hall was the last private owner and gifted it to New Zealand. Just up the road in Governors Bay is the Otomomiro Hotel where we will stop for lunch. Continue to the renowned Barry’s Bay Cheese (tasting) before travelling to onto Akaroa, for a two night stay.

Wednesday 23 November


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After, a leisurely breakfast, head out of town to Fisherman’s Bay to visit Jill and
Richard Simpson’s garden established on the rugged coastline of Banks Peninsula.
The strong focus is on evergreen native plants with many areas of daylilies,
poppy paddocks, roses and much more. Return to Akaroa and the quirky ‘Giants
Garden’ of Josie Martin. She is also a painter, sculptor and artist alongside her
horticulturist skills. This is a Garden of National significance. Rest of the afternoon to explore Akaroa. 

Thursday 24 November

Akaroa – Methven

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Today we plan a visit to the 6 star 3.5 hectare garden ‘Broadfield Estates’, now 20 years old. Originality in design, planting and maintenance was the aim; the plantings include natives, a beech forest, kauri forest, a rose garden, lilies,peonies and a canal. On leaving we continue via Darfield and Windwhistle and onto Methven for three night stay.

Friday 25 November


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Today is the rural garden day, visiting gardens developed around the homesteads of sheep and cattle stations. We head to Rangiatea Gardens on Blair and Sara Gallagher’s hill country beef & sheep property. The extensive garden surrounds the homestead with great views of Mt Somers. The Tack Room Gallery displays the varied agate rock mined on the property and the Rangiatea jewelry shop is there to browse and buy. Next we visit Paul and Sara Grigg’s, at nearby Surrey Hills Station a garden of National Significance. A large country garden which makes the most of its foothills setting and relatively harsh climate. Sara and Paul have created an incredibly beautiful garden to wander around and soak in its history: a garden full of detailed, lush, perennial borders surrounding their beautiful home where we will have lunch. On return to Methven visit a town garden, with its ‘Redwood Walk’.

Saturday 26 November

Methven (Adventure Day)

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Today’s adventure includes 4WD vehicles best suited to explore the back country and appreciate life in this part of New Zealand. Our coach takes us to Peel Forest Park where we meet our local guides then on to Mesopotamia (an iconic station) with the guide describing the landscape and history. The group now splits in two with a 4WD van taking you to the upper Rangitata River. Lunch is included at the now closed Mesopotamia School. This day is sure to be a highlight. Return to Methven late afternoon.

Sunday 27 November

Methven – Ashburton

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Today’s journey takes us to Ashburton for a visit to Trott’s Garden on the outskirts of Ashburton. This is a six star garden of excellence. See some of the 650 Rhododendrons in flower in the Woodland area, the formal tightly trimmed hedges that form a backdrop for the border plantings. The newest being a red border. Then, on to Akaunui for lunch and a visit to Diana and Ian Mackenzie’s 100 year old home and garden. This is a garden of such diversity – our visit is when some of the azaleas, roses and peonies are in flower. A day to remember. Overnight in Ashburton and a
farewell dinner.

Monday 28 November

Ashburton – Christchurch - Auckland

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Coach return to Christchurch airport for your return flights.


• Air travel Auckland to Christchurch return (Please request other options)
• Coach transport as outlined
• Seven nights’ accommodation including breakfast
• Six dinners
• Four lunches
• Entry fees to the following gardens: Fisherman’s Bay, Ohinetahi, Giants Garden, Broadfield Estate, Rangiatea, Surrey Hills, Akaunui and Trotts Garden.

• Barry Bay Cheese tasting
• 4WD adventure from Methven with local guides
• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 passengers.


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
   $3,102  $3,702

*This is a cash or direct debit price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Cancellation Insurance - Please ask for a quote

• Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour
•Full payment by 08 October 2022


•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment 08 October 2022– no refund is available

Travel Insurance

We recommend Travel Insurance. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Health and Fitness

•To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a  reasonable standard of fitness is required.

•Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Covid-19 Vaccination

• All travellers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination. It is important that the date of vaccination of your final dose is at least 14 days
before the tour departure date.

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* Itinerary subject to change