Begins with your flight to New Plymouth from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
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Friday 30th October: Arrive in New Plymouth
You will be met at the Airport by Withers Coachlines and transferred to the hotel to drop your luggage off before taking a short city sightseeing tour. The afternoon is free time to visit the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki Museum at your own pace. Have a bite of lunch and visit the nearby shops before meeting at 4pm to be delivered back to the hotel. Dinner is at Marbles Buffet, located in the hotel complex.
Accommodation: The Devon Hotel x 5 nights
Saturday 31st October: South Taranaki
Breakfast is available from 6 am
An early start to the day being picked up at 8.30 am by coach. We stop at the Black & White Cafe for a refreshment stop before meeting our hosts Jenny & John Pease of Gravetye Garden at 10.15 am. A visit to Tawhiti Museum with the Whalers & Traders float is included. Lunch is at Mr Badgers cafe within the complex (own cost).
The afternoon takes us to the Oakley Garden at Manaia and finishes the day at Boxwood Garden in Opunake, before returning to New Plymouth. Dinner is at Marbles Buffet at 6.30 pm.
Sunday 1st November: Waitara & Inglewood
Following breakfast we depart at 8.30 am travelling to our first garden visit of the day, Anne & Vince's Garden . We then travel to Waitara to the Armstrong Garden and take a coffee/tea break before driving to the Inglewood area to Stanleigh Garden. Here we will enjoy a light lunch before driving back to New Plymouth to visit the King Garden at 2 pm. We conclude with our last garden visit of the day to Te Kukumara Garden, before returning to our hotel.
Dinner is at the AutoLodge Restaurant at 6.30 pm.
Monday 2nd November: New Plymouth Gardens
Departing at 8.30 am we travel to Tupare House & Garden where we will begin our guided tour finishing at 10.30 am. It is then a short drive to Pukekura Park where you can have a quick refreshment in the "Tea House on the Lake" before meeting with our guide at 11.30 am for a guided tour around the gardens. After lunch we visit Te Kaianga Maririe Garden before finishing another busy day visiting La Rosaleda Garden, returning to the hotel approximately 5 pm.
Dinner is at Marbles Buffet.
Tuesday 3rd November: Coastal Taranaki
We depart the hotel at 8.30 am to visit the van der Poel Garden and Goodin Garden in Warea. We plan to arrive at Pukeiti for lunch at the Founders Cafe before joining a guided walk at 2 pm. On the return journey to New Plymouth we'll stop at the seaside village of Oakura where you can visit the Crafty Fox arts and crafts shop. There are a few small cafes if you are looking for refreshments, or you might prefer an icecream from the local 4 Square foodmarket. On arrival back at the hotel there is a little leisure time before 6.30 pm dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Wednesday 4th November: Return flight to your destination
You will be transferred by coach to New Plymouth Airport for your domestic flight back to Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.
Please note this is a sample itinerary only. Gardens visits will be confirmed when the Garden Spectacular brochure is launched.