Otago Farmhouse Gardens Tour - MOG

Mike and Stephie
Oct 01, 2020

7 Day / 6 Night tour visiting Queenstown, Central Otago's best gardens and the Oamaru Victorian Fete.

Meet the farmers, wander their beautiful gardens and enjoy the charm of quaint gold rush towns on this small group garden tour of the Otago region. Art Deco elements, Ranfurly, Fleur's famous café at Moeraki and Oamaru's Victorian Fete are special highlights.

Tour Inclusions

General Inclusions

  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Services of your knowledgeable MoaTours 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: Gibbston Valley, Queenstown; Pitches Cafe, Ophir, Clachanburn Station, Patearoa; Fleur’s Place, Moeraki; Elderslie Estate, Oamaru; Te Timata farm, Carew.
  • All dinners(D).

All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

  • Chantecler with themed gardens from France, England, Japan and New Zealand.
  • Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn.
  • Enjoy a drink at the Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans.
  • Visit the Wrights and Thompson's farmhouse gardens near Ranfurly.
  • Enjoy a tasting and garden visit at Lammermoor Station and Distillery.
  • Clachanburn Garden, a Garden of National Significance, on a deer farm.
  • Victorian Fete amid streets of Oamaru Stone buildings.
  • Historic Places Trust Totara Estate.
  • In Oamaru hear the stories of Elderslie Estate's history.
  • Visit Brookfield House & Garden and
  • Morning tea at Rockvale Garden

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Visit leafy Arrowtown and browse the shops.
  • Sightsee around the Queenstown region.
  • View the big skies of the Maniototo Plain.
  • Tour the historic settlements of Clyde, Ophir and Naseby.
  • See the Blue Lake at the gold rush town of St Bathans.
  • Check out Ranfurly’s antique shops and their collections of Kiwiana.
  • View the Moeraki Boulders on the North Otago coast.
  • Oamaru Stone buildings, fine examples of 19th century architecture.

Departure Dates

  • Oct/Nov
  • From $3,890 per person based on twin share.
  • Single Supplement add $700 Enquire now for the best available price.


Day 1: Fly to Queenstown – Gibbston Valley – Queenstown

We fly into Queenstown and drive to Annabel and Bruce Russell’s home for a relaxed lunch in the Gibbston Valley where the first commercial vineyard was planted in the 1980s. Later in the day we check into Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside for two nights and dine in this evening.

This afternoon is an ideal time to wander the Botanic Gardens adjacent to the hotel and the local shops.

Day 2: Queenstown – Blair Garden – Arrowtown – Chantecler

We visit Stoneridge Estate garden near Lake Hayes and lunch at Provisions Cafe in Arrowtown. Stroll the main street and visit the historic Chinese goldminers' settlement along the riverbank.

In the afternoon we wander in Mike Henry’s Chantecler, an eight acre garden of National Significance where themed gardens from France, Italy, England, Japan and New Zealand are featured as well as mass plantings of bulbs, rhododendrons, lavenders, azaleas, camellias and peonies. We dine in our hotel this evening.

Day 3: Queenstown – Clyde – Ophir – St Bathans – Naseby - Ranfurly

We bid farewell to Queenstown and call into Clyde, once claimed to be the most populous town in New Zealand during the height of gold fever and then on to the historic settlement of Ophir for lunch at Pitches Store.

Out in the big skies of the Maniototo Plain we visit Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn, a treasure trove surrounding an original stone homestead. We meet Bob L de Berry at his Cambrian Common Forest and call in for refreshments at the Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans, visit Naseby then continue to Ranfurly and Hawkdun Lodge.

Day 4: Ranfurly – farmhouse gardens – Clachanburn, Patearoa

Today we explore the Maniototo, visiting farmhouse gardens. First, we call into Mary and Mac Wright’s hillside garden and then Fay-Ann and Kelvin Thompson's garden at Glen Eden Station.

At John and Susie Elliott's Lammermoor Station distillery there's a garden tour and a tasting to enjoy.

We lunch with Jane Falconer in her garden of National Significance at Clachanburn Station at Patearoa and visit the Art Deco Gallery in Ranfurly on our return. We dine in at Hawkdun Lodge.

Day 5: Ranfurly – Fleur’s Place, Victorian Fete, Oamaru

Leaving Ranfurly we drive to the coast and stop for brunch at the famous seafood restaurant, Fleur’s Place in Moeraki, a favourite of British television chef Rick Stein. We arrive in Oamaru where the Victorian Fete, each year with a different theme, is in full swing. The fete celebrates the town’s heritage amid streets of Oamaru Stone buildings, fine examples of 19th-century architecture - live music, dance, street theatre, and penny farthings and locals dressed in Victorian finery.

Day 6: Oamaru sightseeing – Totara Estate – Elderslie Estate – Brookfield House

This morning we drive out of town to the Historic Places Trust Totara Estate for a step back in time. Totara is where lamb was first frozen and shipped to Britain in 1882. Hear the stories while you sit on hay bales as the billy tea brews to accompany your morning tea of scones, jam and cream.

We lunch with Peter and Bev Rodwell at historic Elderslie Estate and visit Jen Rendell's painstakingly restored Brookfield House and Garden. We dine out at the Star and Garter in the old precinct.

Day 7: Oamaru – Papakaio – Carew – Christchurch – Fly to Auckland

We visit Oamaru's botanic gardens and have morning tea with Linda Wilson at Rockvale Gardens with its colourful plantings and pond with sculptures of Oamaru stone from the nearby quarry.

Heading north we call into Geraldine to check out the artisan shops and lunch with Boo and Hamish Woodhouse at Te Timata, their Canterbury farmhouse. We continue up the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch Airport. Our flight departs for Auckland in the early evening.

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