29th October - 3rd November 2023
|Sunday 29th Auckland to Taupo
Departing from Auckland, our first stop is at Woodlands Historic Homestead and Gardens on the outskirts of Gordonton.
From Woodlands we head to Zealong Tea Estate for a tea tasting experience followed by a delicious High Tea. Our first night is on the shores of Lake Taupo.
Millennium Hotel Manuels Taupo 1 night
Monday 30th Taupo to Palmerston North
This morning we continue south to Kimbolton, north of Feilding where we visit Cross Hills Gardens. Cross Hills are ablaze with colour from October to November. Explore the 7 hectares of gardens featuring New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive collections of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas. Tonight we stay at Palmerston North.
Copthorne, Palmerston North 1 night
Pamerston North to New Plymouth
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we travel north to the Taranaki region via Whanganui and Hawera. We stop at a variety of small and large gardens, all with interesting plantings and some unique design features. Late afternoon we arrive in New Plymouth for our 3 night stay.
Devon Hotel, New Plymouth 3 nights
Wednesday 1st Town Gardens
Visiting New Plymouth's town gardens we see just how a small space can be transformed into a delightful and peaceful little garden. The town gardens all vary in size, layout and contour.
Thursday 2nd Country Gardens
Today we visit some of the regions most beautiful and outstanding country gardens including Cairnhill - a vibrant, colourful garden framed by a canopy of deciduous trees underplanted with hosts and heuchera, and Stanleigh with views to both the coast and mountain on fine days.
Friday 3rd New Plymouth to Auckland
Leaving New Plymouth we head north to Hamilton Gardens. Explore the collection of gardens that showcase some of the greatest gardens of history. From ancient Egypt to the modern day, you will enter a world of beautiful and inspiring gardens on a unique journey through 4000 years of culture and creativity.
We then return to Auckland, arriving approximately 5.30pm.