Canterbury spring gardens and pre-Christmas Fete - MCC19

Number of Days: 7
Destination: New Zealand
Available Dates

    Tour commences Auckland Wednesday 30th October 2019 and concludes in Auckland Tues 5 Nov.

    From the Hurunui to Mt Somers and Banks Peninsula country hospitality flows. Numerous highlights include lunch at Flaxmere Farm, the home of Art in a Garden, the Waipara Christmas Country Fete, Akaunui Farmhouse, Giant’s House in Akaroa and Ohinetahi at Governor’s Bay.

  • 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 six-star, seven-acre, Garden of International Significance, 46 years in the making.

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

    What you'll love today

    • Private lunch with Penny Zino at her Flaxmere Farm
    • Art in a Garden as they prepare for their annual event


    Day 2: Hanmer - Christmas Country Fete - Hanmer

    Relax and enjoy this famous one day event – the Christmas Country Fete. There are over 200 stalls to browse, including fine arts and crafts, local wine and food. Its 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.

    What you'll love today

    • At the Christmas Country Feteyou can do all your Christmas shopping in one swoop!
    • Relax at the Hanmer Springs Hotel with time for a relaxing soak in the famous hot springs


    Day 3: Hanmer - Hurunui Gardens - Mt Somers

    After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui - visiting Doreen and Michael Dryden at Loch Leaven, lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalziel at Coldstream and meet Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood.

    In the mid-afternoon we travel on down the Canterbury Plains to Mount Somers where we stay two nights at Stronechrubie and nearby B&Bs. We dine at Stronechrubie's restaurant.

    What you'll love today

    • Visit the gardens of the Hurunui district
    • Lunch at Coldstream garden


    Day 4: Mt Somers - Rangiatea - Coniston Gardens - Akaunui Farm - Mt Somers

    We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher's garden at Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm. Their jewellery shop and gallery display agate rocks found on the property. Then we call into Carol and Donald Williamson's Coniston Gardens with its vintage, classic cars and farm machinery collections.

    Nearby at Akaunui we join Ian and Di Mackenzie for lunch in their 113-year-old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. Sean and Madeline Brown host us again at Stronechrubie this evening.

    What you'll love today

    • Akaunui Farm – enjoy a private lunch at this mid-Canterbury farm homestead
    • Dine at Stronechrubie's award-winning lamb and beef restaurant at the foot of the Southern Alps


    Day 5: Mt Somers - Blythcliffe House - The Giant's House - Akaroa

    We visit Paul and Sara Grigg's garden nearby at Surrey Hills Station before heading for Akaroa to lunch with John and Lesley at Blythcliffe. Built in 1857, the architecture and expansive garden reflects its colonial history.

    Later we visit The Giant's House, a six-star garden of International Significance that's alive with sculptural mosaics. This unique garden is always a highlight and our friend Josie Martin is there to show us around.

    What you'll love today

    • Lunch at Blythcliffe, a colonial house in Akaroa
    • The quirky, colourful sculptures at The Giant's House

    Accommodation - AKAROA - BRUCE APARTMENTS

    Day 6: Akaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Bank's Peninsula touring

    After breakfast we set off for some local touring. We visit Jos and Stew Howden's Potter's Croft garden then drive to Fisherman’s Bay. Along a dramatic clifftop Richard and Jill Simpson have created a stunning garden with a variety of planting themes. We lunch with the Simpsons and explore the garden.

    We return to Akaroa in time to wander this pretty village with its French connections. We dine along the waterfront this evening.

    What you'll love today

    • Private lunch with Richard and Jill Simpson at Fisherman’s Bay
    • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery featuring her sculptural mosaics and paintings.

    Accommodation - AKAROA - BRUCE APARTMENTS

    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.

    What you'll love today

    • More than 100 different native plants grow at French Farm
    • Historic Ohinetahi Homestead and Garden
  • Includes:

    Your tour is inclusive of meals while on tour, Auckland/Auckland domestic air or land or air travel as per itinerary, accommodation, activities and entrance fees plus the care of your guide. If you live outside Auckland we can book flights from your nearest airport

    • Special lunches: Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden; Coldstream Farm Culverden, Akaunui Farm Eiffelton; Blythcliffe, Akaroa and Fisherman’s Bay clifftop garden on Banks Peninsula 
    • Preview “Art in a Garden” sculpture exhibition 
    • The Waipara Christmas Country Fete 
    • Wander the farmhouse gardens of The Hurunui 
    • Di and Ian Mackenzie’s hospitality at Akaunui Homestead garden 
    • Enjoy the views from your waterfront apartment in Akaroa 
    • Josie Martin’s mosaics at Giant’s House 
    • Fisherman’s Bay and French Farm gardens 
    • Afternoon tea at Sir Miles Warren’s beautiful Ohinetahi
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    • Price per person: $3,790. Twin Share

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