This tour is for garden lovers and for those who love a fete with quality quirky shopping. We have chosen ten gardens from the various areas of the Hurunui District. These gardens all have their own character history and stories and most are only open for visitors once a year. There is also free time to relax and enjoy a soak in the well known Hanmer Thermal Pools. We have limited the numbers to 24.
Judy – “A well constructed tour, superbly paced, with a fabulous tour guide.”
Susan and Chris – “Delightful tour, well paced, with ample time to do your own thing or just relax.”
Mid-morning departure on Air New Zealand, on arrival transfer to your central city hotel. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the central city.
This morning we travel to Amberley to visit two gardens:
Blue House (morning tea available)
Eight years ago this was an exposed sheep paddock, with a great sheltering hedge to the east, and a stream. Windy and dry in summer, and under water in winter. Their solution was to divide the property into 13 informal lawns, each surrounded by a garden with its own character.
Roses Corner The garden was established in 1983 but substantially remodelled and replanted 10 years ago.
There are plenty of roses of course: wih interest is added with garden art complementing the floral experience and the luscious greenery.
Today enjoy an included lunch at the Waiprara Hills Winery. We then visit gardens in the Waipara area.
Iron Ridge Quarry Raymond and Sue Herber have transformed this property from a white dusty derelict quarry into a magical outdoor exhibition space
Karetu Garden The Karetu Downs homestead overlooks a large sweeping lawn, encapsulated by majestic trees and under plantings of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and roses. Large evergreen and deciduous trees planted in the nineteen sixties gives the garden its structure.
Continue to your Hanmers Springs accommodation for the next three nights. Dinner included.
This morning we visit Four gardens
Hurunui Homestead Extensive tree planting has been carried out over the years to give a parklike entrance. The scarlet oaks lining the drive are spectacular in the autumn. There are two large lawn areas including a croquet green. Hedging is giving privacy and framing the cottage style garden surrounding the house.
Saddlewood The array of beautiful deciduous trees including oak, ash, birch, plane, elm and lime all nestle around this classically English styled home. You’ll love the many paths and ponds that take visitors to areas of woodland, water, roses and views that open north to the spectacular views of Mt Tekoa.
Newstead This is a one hectare garden with a series of connecting rooms. A Woodland garden of oak trees, a Pergola garden with roses clematis and Nandina the vegetable garden is also a highlight
Travel to the Culverdon/ Rotherham cluster.
Flaxmere This garden remains inspiring with its appealing vistas and innovative design. The 3-hectare garden features distinct garden areas using different cultivars, connected by a series of ponds with their own personality. Native evergreens contrast with deciduous plantings that change with the seasons, with a focus on trees and shrubs providing interest for spring.
This morning wander through the fourth Hanmer Springs Fete – set in the heart of North Canterbury. This is an exclusive shopping event with over 100 trade stalls, set in the spacious grounds of the former Queen Mary Hospital.
The Geens Thoughtful planting of trees offer both habitat and a food source for the birds has already paid off, with korimako (bellbird), tui and kereru (wood pigeon) all regular visitors. For the last few years bellbirds have raised fledglings in the garden.
Free afternoon to visit the hot springs. Farewell dinner at the hotel tonight
This morning after breakfast we visit two more gardens
Coldstream This garden is a lush oasis as a stream flows through this one hectare garden that wraps around the farmhouse. There a a series of interconnecting lawns. Springtime sees mass plantings of daffodils, tulips and peonies in flower.
Red Oak Red Oak is a 2.5 acre established garden of mature oak and walnut trees scattered throughout the garden providing a canopy for the array of colourful garden beds Rhodos, hydrangeas, hostas, roses, day lilies, calla lilies, dahlias, are all inter planted with no real plan or design, just as long as they survive!
Then continue on to Christchurch airport for our retunr flight home.
*option to extend your stay in Christchurch
• Air NZ Seat and Bag Auckland to Christchurch return
*other destinations please ask
• Four nights’ accommodation
• Breakfast daily
• Lunch at Waipara Hills Winery
• Four dinners
• Entry to 11 gardens
• Entry to Hanmer Springs Fete
• Tour escort subject to 15 persons traveling
|Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Items of a personal nature
• Optional cancellation insurance
• A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment by 30 August 2024
• Deposit is non-refundable
• After full payment – no refund is available
• We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs.
• Please ask for a quote.
• To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a reasonable standard of fitness is required. Many gardens are sloping and there will be steps to negotiate.
• Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted.
• We expect you will arrive fit, healthy and ready to travel.
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* Itinerary subject to change