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Akaroa & High Country Gardens

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 31 October

Auckland - 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 01 November

Christchurch – 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.

Wednesday 02 November

Ashburton - Methven

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Today is the rural garden day, visiting gardens developed around the homesteads of sheep and cattle stations. We head to Ashburton’s Botanical Gardens and onto 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. Continue onto Methven for a 2 night stay

Thursday 03 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

Friday 04 November

Methven - Akaroa

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Today we travel from Methven through to Ohinetahi Gardens at Governors Bay. 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 onto Akaroa rest of the afternoon free before dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday 05 November


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This morning we have a visit to the renowned Barry’s Bay Cheese for a tasting. Rest of the day free to explore Akaroa.

Sunday 06 November


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Sun 06 Akaroa B D 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 - for lunch She is also a painter, sculptor and artist alongside her horticulturist skills. This is a Garden of National significance. Rest of the day is yours to relax before farewell dinner

Monday 07 November

Akaroa - Christchurch - Auckland

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Depart Akaroa and visit the 6 star 3.5 hectare garden Broadfield Estate etc for morning tea and continue onto Christchurch airport for early afternoon


• Air New Zealand Seat and Bag Fare - 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
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Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour
•Full payment by 12 September 2022




•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment 12 September 2022 – no refund is available

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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

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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.


Covid-19 Tour Disruption

• If this tour is canceled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right, in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $500 per person.

• If self-isolation restrictions are imposed by the Ministry of Health whilst on tour, Pukekohe Travel accepts no liability for any additional costs incurred.

• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible to ensure any additional travel arrangements required are made with the minimal amount of disruption and in the most cost-effective manner.

• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days


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* Itinerary subject to change