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7 Day Otago Farmhouse Gardens Special Interest Tour

Days
7

Pricing From
$3790

South Island
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Overview

Meet the local farmers, stroll through their splendid gardens and delight in the old-fashioned charm of gold rush towns during this small group garden tour of the breathtakingly beautiful Otago region.  Some of the main highlights include Art Deco, Ranfurly, Mamaru’s Victorian Fete and Fleur’s famous Moeraki café.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Visit leafy Arrowtown and browse the shops.
  • Sightsee around the Queenstown region.
  • View the big skies of the Maniototo Plain.
  • Tour the historic settlements of Clyde, Ophir and Naseby.
  • See the Blue Lake at the gold rush town of St Bathans.
  • Check out Ranfurly’s antique shops and their collections of Kiwiana.
  • View the Moeraki Boulders on the North Otago coast.
  • Oamaru Stone buildings, fine examples of 19th century architecture.

Art Deco Ranfurly

Art Deco Ranfurly

Peonies in Central Otago

Peonies in Central Otago

Clachanburn Garden

Clachanburn Garden

Clyde

Clyde

Fleurs Cafe

Fleurs Cafe

Moeraki Bolders

Moeraki Bolders

Victorian Fete, Oamaru

Victorian Fete, Oamaru

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland to Queenstown

We fly into Queenstown and visit picturesque Stoneridge Estate Garden above Lake Hayes.

We drive to Annabel and Bruce Russell’s home for a relaxed lunch in the Gibbston Valley where the first commercial vineyard was planted in the 1980s. We check into Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside for two nights and dine in this evening. Our hotel is adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. (L,D)

Day 2Queenstown Gardens - Arrowtown

We visit two gardens of National Significance, Janet Blair's at Lake Hayes and lunch nearby at Arrowtown at Provisions. There's plenty of time to check out the shops in Arrowtown and stroll along the riverbank.

In the afternoon we meet Mike Henry who has developed his eight acre garden at Chantecler to include themed gardens from France, Italy, England, Japan and New Zealand as well as mass plantings of bulbs, rhododendrons, lavenders, azaleas, camellias and peonies. (B,L,D)

Day 3Queenstown - Ranfurly

We bid farewell to Queenstown and call into Clyde, once claimed to be the most populous town in New Zealand during the height of gold fever and then on to the historic settlement of Ophir for lunch at Pitches Store.

Out in the big skies of the Maniototo Plain we visit Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn, a real treasure trove surrounding an original stone homestead. We call in for refreshments at the Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans and visit Naseby before continuing to Ranfurly and Hawkdun Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4Otago Sightseeing and Gardens

We call into Mary and Mac Wright’s hillside garden and Fay-Ann and Kelvin Thompson's Glen Eden Station before enjoying a tour and tasting at John and Susie Elliott's Lammermoor Station distillery and garden,

We lunch with Jane Falconer in her garden of National Significance at Clachanburn Station and visit the Art Deco Gallery in Ranfurly on our return. (B,L,D)

Day 5Ranfurly - Oamaru

Leaving Ranfurly we drive to the coast and stop for brunch at the famous seafood restaurant, Fleur’s Place in Moeraki, a favourite of British television chef Rick SteIn.

We arrive in Oamaru where the Victorian Fete, each year with a different theme, is in full swing. The fete celebrates the town’s heritage amid streets of Oamaru Stone buildings, fine examples of 19th century architecture - live music, dance, street theatre and penny farthings and locals dressed in Victorian finery. (B,L,D)

Day 6Oamaru Sightseeing

This morning we drive out of town to the Historic Places Trust Totara Estate for a step back in time. Totara is where lamb was first frozen and shipped to Britain in 1882. Hear the stories while you sit on hay bales as the billy tea brews to accompany your morning tea of scones, jam and cream.

We lunch with Peter and Bev Rodwell at historic Elderslie Estate and visit Jen Rendell's painstakingly restored Brookfield House and Garden. We dine out at the Star and Garter in the old precinct.  (B,L,D)

Day 7Oamaru - Christchurch - Auckland

We visit Gloria and Ian Hurst’s Willowpark with its lush plantings, ponds, lawns and trees in Papakaio and lunch at Te Timata, Boo and Hamish Woodhouse’s Canterbury farmhouse.

In the mid afternoon we continue north up the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’ due to its well-established expansive parks and public gardens. Our flight departs for Auckland in the early evening. (B,L)

Cost per person

2019 Twin:   NZ$3,790 Single: NZ$4,390

20% Deposit per person on booking, balance 60 days before departure

Baggage Please note:  Try to keep to one suitcase weighing around 23kgs and one small carry on bag. 

Pricing: Single share price is base on one person in a single room. Twin share price is based on 2 people sharing one room.

 
  • Payment can be made by cheque, internet banking, Visa or Mastercard.
  • Please note, payments made by credit card will incur an additional merchant fee of 2%.

Cancellations and amendments

Cancellation fees depend on when we receive notice of your cancellation:

  • The 20% deposit is not refundable and not transferable.
  • Bookings cancelled between 59 days and 45 days incur 50% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled between 44 days and 31 days incur 75% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled within 30 days or less of tour departure incur 100% of tour cost.
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to Queenstown

We fly into Queenstown and visit picturesque Stoneridge Estate Garden above Lake Hayes.

We drive to Annabel and Bruce Russell’s home for a relaxed lunch in the Gibbston Valley where the first commercial vineyard was planted in the 1980s. We check into Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside for two nights and dine in this evening. Our hotel is adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. (L,D)

Day 2Queenstown Gardens - Arrowtown

We visit two gardens of National Significance, Janet Blair's at Lake Hayes and lunch nearby at Arrowtown at Provisions. There's plenty of time to check out the shops in Arrowtown and stroll along the riverbank.

In the afternoon we meet Mike Henry who has developed his eight acre garden at Chantecler to include themed gardens from France, Italy, England, Japan and New Zealand as well as mass plantings of bulbs, rhododendrons, lavenders, azaleas, camellias and peonies. (B,L,D)

Day 3Queenstown - Ranfurly

We bid farewell to Queenstown and call into Clyde, once claimed to be the most populous town in New Zealand during the height of gold fever and then on to the historic settlement of Ophir for lunch at Pitches Store.

Out in the big skies of the Maniototo Plain we visit Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn, a real treasure trove surrounding an original stone homestead. We call in for refreshments at the Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans and visit Naseby before continuing to Ranfurly and Hawkdun Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4Otago Sightseeing and Gardens

We call into Mary and Mac Wright’s hillside garden and Fay-Ann and Kelvin Thompson's Glen Eden Station before enjoying a tour and tasting at John and Susie Elliott's Lammermoor Station distillery and garden,

We lunch with Jane Falconer in her garden of National Significance at Clachanburn Station and visit the Art Deco Gallery in Ranfurly on our return. (B,L,D)

Day 5Ranfurly - Oamaru

Leaving Ranfurly we drive to the coast and stop for brunch at the famous seafood restaurant, Fleur’s Place in Moeraki, a favourite of British television chef Rick SteIn.

We arrive in Oamaru where the Victorian Fete, each year with a different theme, is in full swing. The fete celebrates the town’s heritage amid streets of Oamaru Stone buildings, fine examples of 19th century architecture - live music, dance, street theatre and penny farthings and locals dressed in Victorian finery. (B,L,D)

Day 6Oamaru Sightseeing

This morning we drive out of town to the Historic Places Trust Totara Estate for a step back in time. Totara is where lamb was first frozen and shipped to Britain in 1882. Hear the stories while you sit on hay bales as the billy tea brews to accompany your morning tea of scones, jam and cream.

We lunch with Peter and Bev Rodwell at historic Elderslie Estate and visit Jen Rendell's painstakingly restored Brookfield House and Garden. We dine out at the Star and Garter in the old precinct.  (B,L,D)

Day 7Oamaru - Christchurch - Auckland

We visit Gloria and Ian Hurst’s Willowpark with its lush plantings, ponds, lawns and trees in Papakaio and lunch at Te Timata, Boo and Hamish Woodhouse’s Canterbury farmhouse.

In the mid afternoon we continue north up the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’ due to its well-established expansive parks and public gardens. Our flight departs for Auckland in the early evening. (B,L)

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