Canterbury Spring Gardens

7 Days / 6 Nights
From NZ$3,790 per person Double / Twin Share
Double / Twin Share

Numerous highlights of this tour include the art show at Hawarden, the Waipara Country Fete and Art in a Garden sculpture exhibition.

Departure Dates

30 Oct 2019

Day 1:  Auckland - Christchurch - Hanmer Springs
Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. From Christchurch we drive north to lunch at Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden where "Art in a Garden" is getting ready to open. This is an annual event where artists, sculptors, potters and jewellers exhibit. Penny’s garden on a terraced riverbed is a seven acre Garden of National Significance, 45 years in the making.

Later in the day we continue to Hanmer Springs and the Heritage Hotel, our home for two nights.

Day 2:  Hanmer - Waipara Country Feete - Hanmer
Relax and enjoy this famous one day event – the Waipara Country Fete. There are over 200 stalls to browse, including fine arts and crafts, local wine and food. It's where South Islanders go to shop early for Christmas, not to mention a wonderful highlight on this New Zealand garden tour.

In the afternoon we return to Hanmer in plenty of time to enjoy a soak in the hot pools or check out Hanmer's boutique shops before dining this evening.

Day 3:  Hanmer - Hurunui Gardens - Mt Somers
After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we travel south down the Canterbury Plains to explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui - visit Loch Leaven and lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalziel at Coldstream and continue to  Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood. 

In the mid afternoon we travel on to Mount Somers. Dine at Stronechrubie's restaurant tonight.

Day 4:  Mt Somers - Consiton Gardens - Akaunui Homestead - Mt Somers
We visit Carol and Donald Williamson at Consiton Gardens with its vintage classic car and farm machinery collections.

Nearby at Akaunui we join our hosts Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 112 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Sean and Madeline Brown host us at Stronechrubie, Mt Somers this evening. Sean is an outstanding chef known for high country cuisine.

Day 5:  Mt Somers - Blythcliffe House - Akaroa
Driving into the Mt Somers countryside to visit farm gardens in the foothills of the Southern Alps. We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher’s garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm, their jewellery shop and gallery display of agate rock found on the property.

We visit Paul and Sara Grigg's garden at Surrey Hills Station before we head towards Akaroa and meet John and Lesley at Blythcliffe built in 1857, the expansive garden reflects its colonial history.

Day 6:  Akaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Bank's Peninsula touring
In Akaroa your Bruce Apartments are along the harbour’s edge. After a leisurely breakfast in Akaroa we set off for some local touring of the Banks Peninsula. We drive to Fisherman’s Bay where along a dramatic clifftop Richard and Jill Simpson have created a stunning garden with a variety of planting themes. We have a private lunch with the Simpsons and explore the garden in a relaxed manner. In the afternoon we visit The Giant's House garden, alive with scuptural mosaics, it is always a highlight and our friend Josie Martin is right there to show us around.

Day 7:  Akaroa - French Farm - Ohinetahi - Christchurch - Auckland
We visit Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm and call into Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop nearby then return over the hill to lunch at Little River. We take Gebbes Pass to Governor's Bay for afternoon tea at Miles Warren's superb Ohinetahi, a garden of international significance.

From here it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Auckland. 

General Inclusions

  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Services of your knowledgeable MoaTours Kiwi guide.
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place".
  • Return airfares ex Auckland.

All Meals Are Included

  • All breakfasts(B).
  • All lunches (L) including special lunches at: Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm; Di and Ian Mackenzie's Akaunui Farm homestead; Blythcliffe, Akaroa & Fisherman's Bay clifftop garden.
  • All dinners (D) including special dinners at: Stronechrubie, high country cuisine at Mt Somers.

All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

  • "Art in a Garden" sculpture exhibition is setting up at Flaxmere Farm.
  • Flaxmere Farm is a Garden of National Significance.
  • The Waipara Country Fete with over 200 stalls to browse.
  • Donald & Carolyn Williamson's Coniston Garden.
  • Akaunui, a 100 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens, hosted by Di and Ian Mackenzie.
  • Sara and Blair Gallagher's garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm.
  • Sara Grigg's magnificent garden at Surrey Hills Station.
  • Blythcliffe Colonial Garden in Akaroa.
  • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery.
  • Fisherman's Bay clifftop garden with Richard & Jill Simpson.
  • Jendy & Pat Brooks stunning garden at French Farm.
  • Ohinetahi Gardens designed by Sir Miles Warren.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Tour the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs.
  • Wonderful views of the mountains and the Lowry Peaks Range.
  • Drive across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
  • Drive over the Port Hills and on to Little River.
  • Stop to admire the views from the top of Banks Peninsula.
  • Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop.
  • Accommodation in Auckland pre and post the Garden Tour

Description & Highlights

Numerous highlights of this tour include the art show at Hawarden, the Waipara Country Fete and Art in a Garden sculpture exhibition.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Auckland - Christchurch - Hanmer Springs
Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. From Christchurch we drive north to lunch at Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden where "Art in a Garden" is getting ready to open. This is an annual event where artists, sculptors, potters and jewellers exhibit. Penny’s garden on a terraced riverbed is a seven acre Garden of National Significance, 45 years in the making.

Later in the day we continue to Hanmer Springs and the Heritage Hotel, our home for two nights.

Day 2:  Hanmer - Waipara Country Feete - Hanmer
Relax and enjoy this famous one day event – the Waipara Country Fete. There are over 200 stalls to browse, including fine arts and crafts, local wine and food. It's where South Islanders go to shop early for Christmas, not to mention a wonderful highlight on this New Zealand garden tour.

In the afternoon we return to Hanmer in plenty of time to enjoy a soak in the hot pools or check out Hanmer's boutique shops before dining this evening.

Day 3:  Hanmer - Hurunui Gardens - Mt Somers
After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we travel south down the Canterbury Plains to explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui - visit Loch Leaven and lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalziel at Coldstream and continue to  Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood. 

In the mid afternoon we travel on to Mount Somers. Dine at Stronechrubie's restaurant tonight.

Day 4:  Mt Somers - Consiton Gardens - Akaunui Homestead - Mt Somers
We visit Carol and Donald Williamson at Consiton Gardens with its vintage classic car and farm machinery collections.

Nearby at Akaunui we join our hosts Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 112 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Sean and Madeline Brown host us at Stronechrubie, Mt Somers this evening. Sean is an outstanding chef known for high country cuisine.

Day 5:  Mt Somers - Blythcliffe House - Akaroa
Driving into the Mt Somers countryside to visit farm gardens in the foothills of the Southern Alps. We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher’s garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm, their jewellery shop and gallery display of agate rock found on the property.

We visit Paul and Sara Grigg's garden at Surrey Hills Station before we head towards Akaroa and meet John and Lesley at Blythcliffe built in 1857, the expansive garden reflects its colonial history.

Day 6:  Akaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Bank's Peninsula touring
In Akaroa your Bruce Apartments are along the harbour’s edge. After a leisurely breakfast in Akaroa we set off for some local touring of the Banks Peninsula. We drive to Fisherman’s Bay where along a dramatic clifftop Richard and Jill Simpson have created a stunning garden with a variety of planting themes. We have a private lunch with the Simpsons and explore the garden in a relaxed manner. In the afternoon we visit The Giant's House garden, alive with scuptural mosaics, it is always a highlight and our friend Josie Martin is right there to show us around.

Day 7:  Akaroa - French Farm - Ohinetahi - Christchurch - Auckland
We visit Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm and call into Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop nearby then return over the hill to lunch at Little River. We take Gebbes Pass to Governor's Bay for afternoon tea at Miles Warren's superb Ohinetahi, a garden of international significance.

From here it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Auckland. 

Included In Package

General Inclusions

  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Services of your knowledgeable MoaTours Kiwi guide.
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place".
  • Return airfares ex Auckland.

All Meals Are Included

  • All breakfasts(B).
  • All lunches (L) including special lunches at: Penny Zino's Flaxmere Farm; Di and Ian Mackenzie's Akaunui Farm homestead; Blythcliffe, Akaroa & Fisherman's Bay clifftop garden.
  • All dinners (D) including special dinners at: Stronechrubie, high country cuisine at Mt Somers.

All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

  • "Art in a Garden" sculpture exhibition is setting up at Flaxmere Farm.
  • Flaxmere Farm is a Garden of National Significance.
  • The Waipara Country Fete with over 200 stalls to browse.
  • Donald & Carolyn Williamson's Coniston Garden.
  • Akaunui, a 100 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens, hosted by Di and Ian Mackenzie.
  • Sara and Blair Gallagher's garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm.
  • Sara Grigg's magnificent garden at Surrey Hills Station.
  • Blythcliffe Colonial Garden in Akaroa.
  • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery.
  • Fisherman's Bay clifftop garden with Richard & Jill Simpson.
  • Jendy & Pat Brooks stunning garden at French Farm.
  • Ohinetahi Gardens designed by Sir Miles Warren.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Tour the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs.
  • Wonderful views of the mountains and the Lowry Peaks Range.
  • Drive across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
  • Drive over the Port Hills and on to Little River.
  • Stop to admire the views from the top of Banks Peninsula.
  • Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop.

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Auckland pre and post the Garden Tour
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