From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November you can visit gorgeous private gardens from Amberley to Gore Bay, Hawarden to Hanmer Springs, many within just one hour’s drive of Christchurch and the airport.
There’s also a programme of garden events to educate, entertain and inspire you. While you’re enjoying our gardens and warm country hospitality, we hope you’ll sample our wineries, cafes, and the natural attractions that make Hurunui District such a great place to visit.
Our printed Guide to the Festival will be available on this website as a downloadable PDF from July 2019.
There’s so much to experience and enjoy at the Garden Festival. We’re inviting you to join us for a weekend in the gorgeous gardens of the Hurunui.
The gardens are arranged into geographically based clusters, making it easy for you to plan your visit to multiple gardens. Each cluster has its own detailed map, showing you the precise location of the gardens, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets, accommodation, petrol and diesel stations, and food outlets.
All our gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2019. You can meet the garden owners and learn how they’ve created their gorgeous gardens.
It costs adults $10 to visit each garden, payable on the day as you enter the garden. Children accompanied by an adult may enter for free. Please have cash with you, as the gardens cannot process electronic payments. Online pre-purchase ticket sales are available here.
By special arrangement several of our garden owners have agreed to open their gardens for tours and group visits at other times of the year. Simply contact these garden owners directly and they’ll be able to advise the options and costs for visiting their garden, including guided tours, lunch and morning or afternoon teas, as well as farm visits, demonstrations and other garden or farm-based activities and events for your group.
Click on the garden name to visit their garden page with photos and a description of the garden, and then contact each garden owner to arrange your visit. Contact Marina Shearer if you’d like help coordinating visits to multiple gardens.
Anita Todd (Saddlewood) 03 314-4090
Penny Zino (Flaxmere) 03 314-4504 027 2100-958
Vicki Collett (Coldstream) 03 315-8312 027 4371-329
Doreen Dryden (Loch Leven) 03 315-6408 027 2205-186
Marina Shearer (RhodoDirect) 03 315-6555 027 5916-555
Meg Macfarlane (Waihui) 03 315-6261 027 4315-013
Robyn Ferguson (Highgate) 027 432-6249