Unless you've stumbled
across this part of our site by accident, there's a good chance you
and New Zealand has gardens to die for.
There are two reasons
for this - the people and the temperate climate.
Every weekend more
than a million New Zealanders take to their gardens (the total population
is only 3.8 million!). Wherever there's a patch of land, be it a park
or a traffic island, there will be someone lovingly tending it. Being
an island, uninfluenced by any close land mass, temperatures only vary
about ten degrees a year and generally there are long sunshine hours
and no pollution.
are over 2000 species of flowering plants (75% of them are only found
in New Zealand) from giant kauri trees to delicate orchids to the beautiful
golden flower kowhais.
You may like to
plan your visit around a major garden or floral event or, if you like,
we can organise an itinerary
that includes some spectacular gardens.
cities and towns have impressive parks and formal gardens to enjoy free
of charge. In Christchurch, for example, more than a third of the city
is devoted to parks and gardens. Entry fees to private gardens can cost
between NZ$3 and NZ$10.
If you're travelling
by car, call into the Visitor Information Centres (look for the green
i sign) for guides on the best gardens to visit.
flowering of most plants including fruit trees, shrubs and bulbs.
Rhododendrons reach their peak in October.
plants flower through summer like the pohutukawa (the red-flowered
New Zealand Christmas Tree), the Mount Cook lily and wild lupins.
This is also harvest season for many fruits.
The golden season of changing colour, especially in the South
island areas of Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown.
native trees are evergreen so the flora's never bare and a number
of flowers can still be found, including tropical varieties in
It would be near
impossible to list the hundreds of gardens throughout the country, but
we've selected a few to give you an idea of what to expect
you would like more specific information (entry fees, addresses, opening
times, phone numbers etc), just email us telling us which garden(s)
you want more information about.
an artistically planned, rambling ten acres of roses, azaleas,
rhododendrons, bougainvillea, canna lilies, wisteria, cycads,
palms and much more in a setting of waterfalls, ponds, pillars,
archways and rockeries. Open all year.
Overlooking the Tamaki Estuary, century old trees and sweeping
lawns separate attractive colour-grouped beds of flowers.
Many native trees and ferns as well as spring bulbs, azaleas,
camellias and roses. Open all year.
Glen: Within the 2.5 acre garden you'll find a lovely
woodland area, camellias, bulbs, roses, cherry blossom and
27 different magnolias. Open September to May.
Garden Art Gallery:
A delightful small garden full of roses, climbers, delphiniums,
lupins and many more cottage style plantings. Open all year.
A landscaped, woodland garden with expansive lawns, intimate
walks and views to the countryside. Set on 25 acres there
are many New Zealand natives plus maples, magnolias, dogwoods,
rhododendrons and jacarandas. There's also a Tea House with
great home cooking. Open all year.
A magnificent rhododendron park with the country's largest
collection. There are many other plants including azaleas,
magnolias, camellias, prunus and kalmias. You should allow
a good half-day for this one. Open all year with longer hours
in the warmer months.
An English-style landscaped garden with flowering trees and
a woodland area. Plants include maples, roses, azaleas and,
of course, rhododendrons. Open September 1 to March 31.
A very special garden with lovely trees set on 3 acres. A
natural bush stream has been well-planted with damp-loving
plants and there are separate areas of roses, acers, magnolias
Palmerston North area:
A lovely old, family garden since 1900, set on 8 acres. The
homestead looks over formal gardens, a sunken garden, tennis
courts and a croquet lawn. Plants include roses, lavender,
perennials, annuals and a woodland dell. Open from end of
October to end of December.
A 14 acre garden just north of the city landscaped over the
original site of a flax mill. Lots of trees, softened by roses,
clematis, rhododendrons and flowering cherries. Open October
1 to May 31.
Gardens: Over 1000 exotics in the 3 acre garden with
beautiful views of the harbour. A stream meanders into two
ponds, one large enough for an island planted with native
cabbage trees. Open September to April.
A lovely old historic stone house with trees planted in 1860
nestled into the hillside overlooking Governors Bay. There
are formal gardens, topiaried box hedging, a water garden,
a white garden and a woodland valley. Open Mid-September to
Mid December and from Mid January to end of February.
Vale: an historic 12 acre Edwardian garden surrounding
a lovely home built in 1900. There are roses, rhododendrons,
azaleas, Lebanese cedar and weeping willows along the Avon
River. Open all year.
An English-style garden with high brick walls dividing the
different 'rooms' in the garden with vistas leading from one
colour scheme to the next. Open September to May.
New Zealand's only real castle with 12 acres of gardens. Wonderful
old trees, spring bulbs, a rock garden, rhododendron dell
and heather and azaleas outside the ballroom. Tours of the
castle also available and it's open all year.
Woodland Garden: A beautiful and superbly maintained
old garden with a feast of flowers planted under original
trees from 1872. Set in a coastal valley overlooking Otago
Harbour and open all year from dawn to dusk.
A long 8 acre garden with dramatic surrounding mountains.
Formal edged with lavender planted with 1000 old roses and
informal areas with lots of colour. Open all year.
You guessed it - jacarandas (they flower all summer) as well
as many other species and magnificent views out over the Motueka
River. Set on 5 acres and open all year round.
a garden with bold, straight, classic lines with brick walls
and walkways. Magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean.
An old 4 acre garden with flowers cascading all over the garden,
80 year old oaks and wisteria and roses adorning the house.
Open October to April.
In Bloom (December 7 to February 28)
A summer long festival where the buildings in the central city
are adorned with hanging flower baskets and verandah boxes.
Blossom Festival (September)
A floral celebration of the arrival of spring.
Rhododendron Festival (October/November)
Over a hundred private and public gardens are open along with
art exhibitions and seminars.
Garden Discovery (November)
A three day festival of garden tours and seminars.
- Ellerslie Flower Show, Manukau City (November)
Held in the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, this is the largest
floral exhibition in the southern hemisphere.
District Garden Festival (November)
More than fifty private town and country gardens open for this
- Garden City Festival of Flowers (Feb 18 - 27)
A prestigious festival with many events and displays.
Autumn Festival (April - May)
A celebration of the town's gold mining history with a backdrop
of brilliant autumn colour.
Blossom Festival (September)
A host of activities to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Rhododendron Festival (October)
A week long festival featuring seminars and tours of the city's
private and public gardens.
- Hunter's Garden Marlborough (November)
Tours through the Marlborough region and seminars by local and
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