Canterbury Springtime Gardens Tour - MoaTours

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.

Departure: 28 Oct 2020


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

On arrival in Christchurch we drive to the alpine village of Hanmer stopping for lunch with Penny Zino at beautiful Flaxmere Farm in Hawarden. We stay two nights at Hanmer Springs and dine out both evenings.

Day 2: Hanmer Springs – Hurunui Gardens – Hanmer Springs

Explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui – Doreen and Michael Dryden at Loch Leven, lunch with Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalzell at Coldstream and meet Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood. We return to Hanmer in time to relax in the hot pools.

Day 3: Hanmer Springs Fete – Rakaia Gorge – Mt Somers

Stroll across to the Hanmer Springs Fete held in the historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds. Browse the 100 stalls of fine arts, crafts, local wine and food and lunch at the Fete. We head south to Mt Somers for two nights and dine at Stronechrubie.

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

We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher’s garden at Rangiatea Farm and Carol and Donald Williamson’s Coniston Gardens with its vintage, classic cars and farm machinery collections. At Akaunui we lunch and explore the garden with Di and Ian Mackenzie.

Day 5: Mt Somers – Blythcliffe House – Giant’s House Akaroa

We drive to Banks Peninsula to lunch in Akaroa with John and Lesley at Blythcliffe built in 1857. At Josie Martin’s Giant’s House the garden is alive with sculptural mosaics. We stay two nights at Bruce Apartments on the waterfront.

Day 6: Akaroa – Fisherman’s Bay – Banks Peninsula touring

We visit Jos and Stew Howden’s Potter’s Croft garden then drive to Fisherman’s Bay along a dramatic cliff top to lunch in Richard and Jill Simpson’s garden. We return to Akaroa in time to wander this pretty village with its French connections.

Day 7: Akaroa – French Farm – Ohinetahi – Christchurch – Fly to Auckland

There are wide views from Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm. We call into Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop before returning over the hill to Governor’s Bay for afternoon tea at Miles Warren’s superb Ohinetahi en route to Christchurch airport.




  • Accommodation: 6 nights standard accommodation.
  • Trip Leader: Knowledgeable MoaTours guide. 
  • Transport: Return flights from Auckland, comfortable air-conditioned motorcoach (max 18 travellers).
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Activities & Attractions: 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.

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