Canterbury Springtime Gardens

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Canterbury Springtime Gardens

and Christmas Fete

Canterbury Springtime Gardens and Christmas Fete

7 Day / 6 Night tour with stays in Hanmer Springs, the Canterbury countryside and Akaroa plus a visit to the Hanmer Springs Fete.

From the Hurunui to Mt Somers and Banks Peninsula country hospitality flows. Numerous highlights include lunch at Flaxmere Farm, the home of Art in a Garden, the first Hanmer Springs Fete, Akaunui Farmhouse, Giant’s House in Akaroa and Ohinetahi at Governor’s Bay.


Tour at a Glance


$3,217 per person, share twin

$500 single supplement

Tour Date:

28 Oct – 3 Nov, 2020


Fitness Level

Moderate walking with some uneven ground

Group Size Limited

maximum 18 travellers


• All meals
• Entrance fees
• All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
• Services of your knowledgeable guide.
• Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”.


• Domestic airfares

Tour Itinerary

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Wed 28 OctChristchurch - Flaxmere Farm - Hanmer Springs

From Christchurch we drive to the alpine village of Hanmer stopping for lunch with Penny Zino at beautiful Flaxmere Farm. On the property “Art in a Garden” is getting ready to open. Stay two nights at Hanmer Springs.

Thu 29 OctHanmer Springs - Hurunui Gardens - Hanmer

Explore the farm gardens of the Hurunui – Doreen and Michael Dryden at Loch Leven, Vicki Collett and Andrew Dalzell at Coldstream and meet Anita and Richard Todd at Saddlewood. We return to Hanmer in time to check out the boutique shops or relax in the hot pools.

Fri 30 OctHanmer Springs Fete - Mt Somers

Stroll across to the very first Hanmer Springs Fete held in the historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds. Browse the 100 stalls of fine arts, crafts, local wine and food and lunch at the Fete. After lunch we set out for Mt Somers where we stay two nights and dine at Stronechrubie.

Sat 31 OctMt Somers - Rangiatea - Coniston Gardens - Akaunui Farms - Mt Somers

We visit Sara and Blair Gallagher’s garden at Rangiatea Farm and Carol and Donald Williamson’s Coniston Gardens with its vintage, classic cars and farm machinery collections. At Akaunui Farm homestead we lunch with Di and Ian Mackenzie and take a leisurely stroll in their expansive garden.

Mon 1 NovMt Somers - Blythcliffe House - Giant's House Akaroa

We meet Sara Grigg in her garden at Surrey Hills Station and drive to Banks Peninsula to lunch in Akaroa with John and Lesley at Blythcliffe built in 1857. At Josie Martin’s Giant’s House the garden is alive with sculptural mosaics. We stay two nights at Bruce Apartments on the waterfront.

Tues 2 NovAkaroa - Fisherman's Bay - Akaroa

We visit Jos and Stew Howden’s Potter’s Croft garden then drive to Fisherman’s Bay along a dramatic clifftop to lunch in Richard and Jill Simpson’s garden. We return to Akaroa in time to wander this pretty village with its French connections.

Wed 3 NovAkaroa - French Farm - Ohinetahi - Christchurch

We visit Jendy and Pat Brooks’ garden at French Farm, call into Barry’s Bay Cheese shop, lunch at Little River and take Gebbes Pass to Governor’s Bay for afternoon tea at Miles Warren’s Ohinetahi en route to Christchurch.


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“I love feeling like a local, not a visitor, and this is what makes this leisurely
wander through Canterbury’s stunning farm gardens so much fun. It’s like
meeting up with old friends, relaxing with the gardeners over delicious, long
lunches in beautiful locations.”

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