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Explore the breathtaking sights of New Zealand.

Admire New Zealand's flora on your Botanica World Discoveries garden tour.

from $4,595 USD per person

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Discover private gardens and nature’s garden, as well as the Taranaki Garden Spectacular, with Botanica World Discoveries. This tour provides a balanced mix of gardens and spectacular New Zealand sights and scenery. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTNZ11
Duration: 11 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Christchurch to Auckland
Meals included: 20

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Day 1. Arrive Christchurch

Upon arrival you will be met at Christchurch airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm to meet your fellow travellers.
Stay: Two Nights: Christchurch, Latimer Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Akaroa & Private Garden

Today journey down to the picturesque harbour village of Akaroa. Visit a private garden with stunning views out over the ocean before enjoying some time at leisure in Akaroa. On your way back to Christchurch, stop at a private garden set on 3.5 hectares that prides itself in an excellence in design, planting and maintenance.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Canterbury Plains

Traverse the Canterbury Plains and admire the stunning alpine scenery of rugged mountain peaks. Travel via Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru to Dunedin, with a visit to the private garden of Allan Trott along the way. Visit the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden - a tribute to the author and rosarian.
Stay: Two Nights: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Dunedin

Visit Dunedin Botanic Gardens and Glenfalloch Woodland Garden featuring rhododendrons and azaleas. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Larnach Castle - set within a magnificent private garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 5. Dunedin and Te Anau

Today lookout for spring wildflowers en route to Te Anau and also visit a southland garden set in picturesque countryside.
Stay: Te Anau, Distinction Hotel and Villas or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Milford Sound Cruise and Queenstown

Enjoy nature’s garden as you explore Mirror Lake, Homer Tunnel and The Chasm. Enjoy a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound.
Stay: Two Nights: Queenstown, Novotel Lakeside or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Queenstown & Private Garden

Take a tour of a spectacular private garden in Queenstown. Learn about gardening in the foothills of The Remarkables mountain range. Visit quaint Arrowtown, then enjoy free time in Queenstown before a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Queenstown and Auckland

After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight to Auckland. Arrive in the bustling harbourside city where you will visit a private garden outside the city.
Stay: Three Nights: Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Ayrlies Garden and Private Garden Visits

Today visit Ayrlies Garden, described by Monty Don as one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the plantings, using the borrowed landscape and the owner’s passion to create this masterpiece. Later, visit a private garden in East Auckland.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. Eden Garden and Waiheke Island

This morning visit the Eden Garden, created out of a disused quarry in the heart of Auckland. This afternoon, travel by ferry to the Island of Waiheke to visit the stunning winery and garden of Mudbrick Vineyard for lunch with views over the bay.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Depart Auckland

After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about New Zealand’s history from your local Coach Captain
  • Discover Ayrlies private garden, seen on Monty Don’s television series
  • Enjoy lunch at the Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island
  • Enjoy private garden visits & meet their owners
  • Tour Larnach Castle & garden
  • See spring wildflowers in bloom
  • Spend time in the picturesque harbour town of Akaroa
  • Cruise spectacular Milford Sound
  • Explore Queenstown & Arrowtown


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day 
  • 20 Meals – 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay in centrally located 4-star hotels

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries


Combine With:   

  • This tour can be combined with Taranaki and Marlborough Garden Festivals (BTNZTM9). Enquire for more details.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included (unless specified)

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