From the Hurunui to Mt Somers and Banks Peninsula country hospitality flows. Numerous highlights include lunch at Flaxmere Farm, the Hanmer Springs Fete, Akaunui Farmhouse, Giant’s House in Akaroa and Ohinetahi at Governor’s Bay.
24 October 2022
26 October 2022
Day 1: Fly to Christchurch - Hanmer
On arrival in Christchurch we head northwards to Waipara and the alpine village of Hanmer Springs stopping for lunch with Penny Zino at beautiful Flaxmere Farm in the Hurunui, a six star Garden of International Significance. We stay two nights at Scenic Views Motel in Hanmer Springs and dine out both evenings.
Day 2: Hanmer - Hurunui Gardens - Hanmer
Explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui. Rhododendrons are a feature of Doreen and Mike Dryden's Loch Leven Garden and Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalzell's Coldstream, set around a large pond. Anita and Richard Todd's Saddlewood features a White Garden. Back in Hanmer Springs the hot pools are an option.
Day 3: Hanmer Springs - Mt Somers - Methven
Stroll down to the Hanmer Springs Fete held beneath the trees in the historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds. Listen to live music, browse over a 100 stalls of fine arts, crafts, local wine and food. We lunch at the Fete before heading south down the Canterbury Plains to Methven for two nights at Ski Time Lodge and dine in.
Day 4: Methven - Surrey Hills - Coniston Gardens - Akaunui Farm - Methven
Visit Sara Grigg's garden at Surrey Hills Station and Sara and Blair Gallagher at Rangiatea Farm Garden, Agate and Jewellery Gallery. Relax over lunch at Akaunui Farm with Di and Ian Mackenzie and explore their garden. At Donald and Carolyn Williamson's Coniston Gardens there's a collection of classic cars and farm machinery.
Day 5: Methven - Akaroa
We head over to Banks Peninsula to lunch in Akaroa with John and Lesley at historic Blythcliffe built in 1857. We meet Josie Martin at Giant’s House, a six star Garden of international Significance. The garden is alive with her amazing sculptural mosaics. We stay two nights at Akaroa Village Inn and dine out.
Day 6: Akaroa - Fishermans Bay - Bank's Peninsula
We meet Jos and Stew Howden at their Potter’s Croft garden in Akaroa then drive over the other side of the Peninsula to Fishermans Bay to lunch with Richard and Jill Simpson in their dramatic, cliff top garden with stunning ocean views. We return to Akaroa in time to wander this pretty village with its French connections.
Day 7: Akaroa - Christchurch - Return Flight
We visit the Garden of Tane bush reserve then call into sample the cheeses at Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese shop. Returning over the hill for lunch at Little River and to visit the Gallery. We take Gebbes Pass to Governor’s Bay for afternoon tea at Sir Miles Warren’s spectacular Ohinetahi en route to Christchurch airport.