The Trusts Arena | 29th November - 3rd December 2017

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NZFGS Garden Tours

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Monday 27th November
leaving from Gate 1, UNITEC, Carrington Rd: assemble at 8:15am

This coach tour includes visits to 3 gardens in and around Hamilton:

Woodlands at Gordonton

A NZ Gardens Trust ‘Garden of National Significance’. Historic 1870s homestead and gardens.

Hamilton Gardens

International ‘Garden of the Year’ in 2014, including magnificent Paradise Gardens – English flower, Chinese, Japanese and Indian Char Bagh and Californian Modernist gardens, among many others.

Tree Church at Ohaupo

Once the private garden of owner Barry Cox, it is now opened in response to public demand. Trees and plants are used to create a church and other green architecture.

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Thursday 30th November
leaving from Ferry Building: assemble at 8:45am at coffee cart near ticket office on Pier 3

This ferry and bus tour includes 2 extensive gardens with a wine tasting and vineyard lunch:

An Auckland to Waiheke ferry trip across the island-littered Hauraki Gulf.

Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park

A guided tour around this garden at the far end of Waiheke, hosted by owners John and Jo Gow. This former farm, running down to the beach and overlooking the Gulf with views of the Coromandel, has a great collection of contemporary sculpture among native plantings.

Stonyridge Vineyard and Restaurant               

Wine tasting and vineyard lunch at one of Waiheke’s original vineyards.

Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden     

An extensive garden brought about through the joining of 4 properties, with many sculptures by one of NZ’s most recognised sculptors, Paul Dibble.

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Saturday 2nd December 
leaving from Gate 1, UNITEC, Carrington Rd: assemble at 8:45am

This coach tour is out to Auckland’s iconic West as far as NZ’s largest harbour, the Kaipara, visiting 3 gardens:

Totara Waters Subtropical Garden Whenuapai

A NZ Gardens Trust ‘Garden of National Significance’, with subtropicals, bromeliads and dracaenas down to the water’s edge.

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Garden Kaukapakapa      

An extensive garden with a trail through native forest, along streams and waterfalls and past 50 sculptures, and views out to the Kaipara.

À la Fois Coatesville

A beautifully manicured garden taking advantage of its topography and the views of the countryside.

Auckland Garden Designfest

The Auckland Garden DesignFest celebrates some of the most inspiring gardens our city has to offer, and showcases New Zealand’s amazing design talent. It gives visitors a rare opportunity to tour through up to 20 private gardens across Auckland, never before open to the public, and to see the work of some of NZ’s leading garden professionals. Explore the grounds, talk with the designers about their work, and take home handy hints to get your own garden looking great for summer.