2nd - 7th November 2020
|Monday 2nd Auckland to New Plymouth
Departing from Auckland we head south via Hamilton, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti. Arriving late afternoon in New Plymouth, relax and unpack for your 3 night stay.
Devon Hotel, New Plymouth 3 nights
Tuesday 3rd Town Gardens & Pukeiti
This morning we visit New Plymouth's town gardens and see just how a small space can be transformed into a delightful and peaceful little garden. This afternoon we visit Pukeiti, New Zealand's premier rhododendron garden set on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki.
Wednesday 4th Country Gardens
Today we visit some of the regions most beautiful and outstanding country gardens including King's - a delightful spring garden with sweeping lawns, azaleas and rhododendrons, Stanleigh with views to both the coast and mountain on fine days and Waiongana - an ambitious garden in its seventh year of development, inspired by the formality of traditional European designs.
Thursday 5th New Plymouth - Whanganui
Today we travel south and stop at a variety of small and large gardens, all with interesting plantings and some unique design features. Late afternoon we arrive in Whanganui for our overnight stay.
Kingsgate Hotel, Whanganui 1 night
Friday 6th Whanganui - Whakapapa
This morning we travel to Kimbolton, north of Feilding where we visit Cross Hills Gardens, which are ablaze with colour. Explore the 7 hectares of gardens featuring New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive collections of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas.
Tonight we stay at Whakapapa.
The Grand Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa Village
Saturday 7th Whakapapa - Auckland
Leaving the Chateau and National Park we return to Auckland stopping in Hamilton at the Hamilton Gardens. Awarded International Garden of the Year in 2014, the gardens have a unique collection of garden rooms from an English Flower garden to an Italian Renaissance garden. We return to Auckland arriving approximately 6:30pm.