NZFGS Garden Tours
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wine tasting and vineyard lunch at one of Waiheke’s original vineyards.
An extensive garden brought about through the joining of 4 properties, with many sculptures by one of NZ’s most recognised sculptors, Paul Dibble.
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.