This is an exciting self-drive tour of three inspirational gardens. Starting with morning tea at 10am at Palmside, you’ll travel through contrasting scenery to Ribbonwood for lunch at 12 noon. After Ribbonwood, enjoy a scenic drive continuing on to visit the garden at Cathedral Cliffs for a sweet treat, tea and coffee from 2pm. Here you will enjoy views of the sea and nearby Gore Bay.
The hidden gems begin before you reach Palmside. Turn left from St Leonards Road onto Lowry Peaks Road and Palmside Road. To the west you’ll see vast numbers of oak trees, many planted over 120 years ago. At Palmside while you enjoy morning tea from 10am until 11am, take a look at the outstanding specimen and native garden, and the beautiful views across the plains to the Amuri Basin and Mt Lyford.
From Palmside travel back to the junction at St Leonards Road turn left and head east into the hills. A brief climb rewards you with spectacular views over the Amuri Plain. The road winds down the valley past native bush and rocky outcrops shaped by years of natural weathering.
Take the road north (turning left onto Eggleston Road) and drive through the scenic Lowry Hills. At Leamington turn right onto Munro Road (sealed) and head east towards Cheviot. After crossing the main trunk railway line, turn left onto Cheviot Heights Road and arrive at Ribbonwood.
At Ribbonwood you will see a young garden which has been developed in 7 years. The owners will provide you with lunch, tea and coffee whilst you wander around their garden and take in the spectacular views north to Mt Parnassus and the Kaikoura Mountains.
From Ribbonwood, you will travel to Cathedral Cliffs for a sweat treat. Make your way back along Cheviot Heights Road and turn left into Munro Road. Munro Road veers right into Ward Road and this turns into Rolleston Street when you are in the village. It is 4km to the main street of Cheviot. At the intersection of Four Square and PGG Wrightson, cross State Highway One (Hall Street) and drive along McQueen Road which then turns into Gore Bay Road. Drive through Gore Bay and enjoy the scenery. The road changes its name to Cathedral Road by the Tweedies Gully Track. Keep driving up the hill, we recommend you stop at the Cathedral Cliffs lookout. Continue along Cathedral Road until you come to Cathedral Cliffs on the left.
There is one tour on each day Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November. The tour includes entry to all three gardens, morning tea, lunch, sweet treats and refreshments and costs $95 per person. There is a limit of 50 visitors per tour.
This tour includes driving on single lane metal roads that cross shallow river fords. We recommend the use of 4WD vehicles but 2WD will manage.
Please note: upon purchase you will be sent an electronic ticket. You must print this and present it at each garden. If your tickets don’t turn up in your inbox please check your spam folder. Tour tickets close Monday 26th October to allow for catering.
Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday 26th Oct.