Hurunui Garden Festival Tour

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October 31, 2024
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5 Days
Availability : Oct 31-Nov 4 2024
Max People : 2 - 8
Tour Details

There’s so much to experience and enjoy during the Hurunui Garden Festival. We’re inviting you to join us for a long weekend in the inspirational private gardens in North Canterbury. Visit 11 very different gardens, an historic home visit and artist studios. Enjoy a day to attend the Hanmer Springs Fete, an exclusive shopping event. This tour includes accommodation, most meals, garden entries, and private transport between the country gardens.

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Price Includes

  • 4 night’s accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 evening dining experiences
  • Entry to 11 gardens
  • Entry to Hanmer Springs Fete
  • Entries to Art studios
  • Historic Home Tour

What to bring: suitable layered clothing, a warm jacket or coat, walking shoes, camera, shopping bags for plants and purchases.


Day 1Highlights include Amberley garden visits, Waipara Valley Winery visit, Hanmer Springs

Your own travel arrangements to Christchurch, pickups around Christchurch from 9am to travel to North Canterbury for two delightful Amberley Garden visits, enjoy a Waipara Valley winery lunch, before travelling to Hanmer Springs for a three-night stay.

Day 2Highlights include Hanmer Springs Fete and 3 Course Dinner

Enjoy a café breakfast in the heart of Hanmer Springs before attending the wonderful Hanmer Springs Fete. This is an exclusive shopping event with over 100 trade stalls, set in the spacious grounds of the former Queen Mary Hospital. You are free to enjoy the day in the thermal village town as you please. Attend the special 3 course dinner tonight.

Day 3Highlights include Hanmer Springs gardens, Historic Homestead Tour and beautiful Culverden Gardens

After breakfast we will visit a Hanmer Springs town garden set in a private oasis, where bellbirds, tui and kereru are regular visitors. Enjoy a special visit to St Helens historic homestead for a guided tour with the owners. Today we also visit Coldstream Garden is a lush oasis with a stream flowing through this one-hectare garden with its series of interconnecting lawns, with mass plantings of daffodils, tulips, and peonies in flower. Plus, Hemingfield an artist’s garden, before travelling back to Hanmer Springs and dinner out tonight.

Day 4Highlights include Flaxmere Garden, Saddlewood Garden, plus Waipara Gorge Gardens

After breakfast we will visit the well-known Flaxmere Garden and Saddlewood Garden plus gardens of Waipara Gorge including Iron Ridge Sculpture Quarry, before travelling to Amberley and dinner out tonight.

Day 5Highlights include an art studio visit and final lunch in Christchurch

After a café breakfast we will visit a local artist who lives in Amberley’s oldest home built in 1864, enjoy her garden and sculpture gallery before travelling to Christchurch for a farewell lunch in a garden setting. Tour ends after lunch, with drop offs around the city or airport.


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Solo Traveller

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautiful gardens in the Hurunui area and also the interesting St Helen’s Homestead and the artist and sculptor Sharon Earl something different other than gardens. How nice it was to be driven doing some of the back roads and hearing history of the area and properties.

November 7, 2022


Group Traveller

Our trip was everything & more than I expected. We had an amazing time & really enjoyed all the gardens & the lovely people we met. A big thank you to Geoff & yourself for the wonderful experience.

November 1, 2022

Ronny Percy

Group Traveller

We are still talking about our Golden Girls trip. Thankyou for letting us 3 girls enjoy such a well organised tour and enjoyed so much the story’s the tripping around the country roads such a special part and of course the gardens, the history.

November 28, 2021

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