Canterbury Springtime Garden


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    Tour departs 28 October 2020

    On this springtime New Zealand garden tour the blooms are at their very best. You’ll enjoy private farmhouse lunches with country hospitality from the Hurunui to Mt Somers and Banks Peninsula too. Among the numerous highlights are lunches at Flaxmere Farm, Akaunui Farmhouse and Fisherman’s Bay and the  gardens at Giant’s House and Ohinetahi.

    Day 1: Fly to Christchurch – Flaxmere Farm – Hanmer Springs
    From Christchurch we drive north through Waipara and onto lunch at Penny Zino’s Flaxmere Farm, Hawarden. Penny’s stunning seven acre garden sits on a terraced riverbed. Penny has devoted 47 years to creating this six star Garden of International Significance.  Later in the day we continue through the Hurunui farmlands to Hanmer Springs, our home for two nights. We dine in this evening.

    Day 2: Hanmer – Hurunui Gardens – Hanmer
    After a leisurely start at Hanmer this morning we explore three very different farm gardens of the Hurunui – visiting Doreen and Michael Dryden at Loch Leaven, enjoying a picnic lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalzell at Coldstream and meeting Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood.  In the afternoon we return to Hanmer in plenty of time to enjoy a soak in the hot pools or check out the boutique shops before dining in this evening.

    Day 3: Hanmer – Hanmer Springs Fete – Mt Somers
    Relax and enjoy this new one day event – the Hanmer Springs Fete. In the leafy grounds of the historic Princess Mary Hospital browse the stalls, including fine arts and crafts, local wine and food. South Islanders like to shop early for Christmas and this is the perfect place on our New Zealand garden tour. In the mid-afternoon we travel down the Canterbury Plains to Mount Somers where we stay two nights at Stronechrubie and nearby B&Bs. We dine at Stronechrubie’s restaurant.

    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 114 year old farm homestead set in magnificent gardens. There’s time to relax and enjoy country hospitality Sean and Madeline Brown host us again at Stronechrubie this evening.

    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.

    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.

    Day 7: Akaroa – French Farm – Ohinetahi – Christchurch
    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.

    Images courtesy of MoaTours