Canterbury Springtime Gardens Tour - MCC

Mike and Stephie
Oct 26, 2020

7 Day / 6 Night Tour with stays in Hanmer Springs, the Canterbury Countryside and Akaroa with a visit to the Hanmer Springs Fete.

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.

Tour Dates:

Available on request (October/November) From $3,990 per person based on twin share. Single Supplement add $600


Day 1: Fly to Christchurch - Flaxmere Farm - Hanmer Springs

Your included flight departs your home airport mid-morning. 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 creating this six star Garden of International Significance.

Later in the day we continue through the Hurunui farmlands to Hanmer Springs and the Heritage Hotel, our home for two nights. We dine in this evening.

What you'll love today

  • Private lunch with Penny Zino at her Flaxmere Farm
  • Arrive at the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs


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.

What you'll love today

  • Visit the farmhouse gardens of the Hurunui district
  • There's time to take a relaxing soak in the famous hot springs


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.

What you'll love today

  • Check out the stalls and lunch on local produce at the Fete
  • Drive Canterbury's country roads and cross wide, braided rivers


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.

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. We stay two nights at the Bruce Apartments on the waterfront.

What you'll love today

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


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

  • Jos and Stew Howden's Potter's Croft garden in Akaroa
  • Private lunch with Richard and Jill Simpson at Fisherman’s Bay


Day 7: Akaroa - French Farm - Ohinetahi - Christchurch - Flight Home

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 your home airport. Thank you for choosing your New Zealand garden tour with MoaTours.

What you'll love today

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


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

Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

  • Flaxmere Farm is a Garden of International Significance.
  • The Hanmer Springs Fete.
  • Donald & Carolyn Williamson's Coniston Garden.
  • Akaunui, a 114 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 and Paul Grigg's garden at Surrey Hills Station.
  • Blythcliffe colonial house and garden in Akaroa.
  • The Giant’s House, artist Josie Martin’s amazing garden and gallery.
  • Jos and Stu Howden's Potter's Croft garden.
  • 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 foothills of the Southern Alps.
  • Drive over the Port Hills and on to Akaroa.
  • Stop to admire the views from the top of Banks Peninsula.
  • Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop.

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