Northland, where spring will be well on its way in late September. This five day jaunt visits premier gardens of the area where all have a special twist to hold your interest. Combine these gardens along with the Saturday Matakana market, a night overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Tutukaka, plus all that KeriKeri has to offer and a great short break is guaranteed.
Today with convenient pick-ups enroute travel is north to Coatesville for our first garden visit at Mincher Gardens. The chestnut lined driveway leads to the Georgian styled home with formal plantings of perennial borders before gradually loosening to a cottage style area surrounding old apple trees.
Morning tea/coffee will be served on arrival. We travel onto Matakana to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and enjoy an included lunch at the Glass House Restaurant. This is followed by time to follow the Sculpture Trail through active bush , ponds and wildlife. Brick Bay presents contemporary sculpture by leading New Zealand artists. The day ends in Warkworth for a two night stay. Dinner is at the hotel tonight.
Today starts with a visit to the well-known Saturday morning market in Matakana. Soak up the atmosphere enjoy a coffee and perhaps a Portuguese Tart, browse the shops and galleries and listen to the music.A visit to Morris and James pottery is followed by lunch. Continue to the Matakana river for a pleasant and informative boat ride to Sandspit following the route the cargo boats took when the rivers were the roads!! Return to Warkworth.
We continue north to Maungatapere for a visit to Rockhopper Garden. After tea/coffee see this garden that has been created on a very rocky section with volcanic soil. Gordon and Rosie Speedy have built the garden based on spring fed ponds and a running creek. See the swampy areas plus a large collection of bromeliads, palms, agaves, aloe and cactus. Old farm machinery and garden art are featured around the garden. A drive into Whangarei where lunch is available at the Quarry Gardens and time to see the gardens created by volunteers in an old quarry. There are a variety of paths so choose your level! Travel then continues onto the nearby coastal gem of Tutakaka, for an overnight stay at a seaside hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel.
An easy drive north to Kerikeri and the subtropical garden “Wharepuke” nurtured by Robin Booth. We have included the Sculpture Park in the visit. The Old Lynfield Community Hall is now renovated and is an award winning café, - an ideal lunch stop. Later, a short walk from the gardens we visit historical Stone Store and Kemp house and garden. Overnight in Paihia
This morning starts with a short train ride on the Kawakawa Heritage Train before continuing our journey home with a refreshment stop enroute.
• Coach travel with a maximum of 20 passengers in a 34 seater coach.
• Four nights’ accommodation including breakfast.
• Four dinners.
• Two Lunches
• Entry fees to Mincher, Brick Bay, Rockhopper and Wharepuke gardens.
• Matakana Boat Ride to Sandspit
• Kawakawa Heritage train.
• Entry and guide at Kemp house and Stone Store.
• Pukekohe travel Escort subject to 15 passengers travelling.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|$ 1,449||$ 1,775|
*This is a cash or cheque 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
• Items of a personal nature
•A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person will secure a place on the tour
•Full payment by 21 August 2020
•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment 21 August 2020– no refund is available
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•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
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* Itinerary subject to change