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Explore the breathtaking sights of New Zealand.

Discover Christchurch on your Botanica World Discoveries' garden tour of New Zealand.

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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


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, Rydges, Latimer Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Akaroa and Private Gardens

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 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 charitable trust garden of Alan 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
  • 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 travel to Te Anau and also visit a southland garden set in picturesque countryside.
Stay: Te Anau, Distinction Hotel and Villas
  • 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
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Queenstown 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 to the South Island this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Queenstown and Auckland

After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight to Auckland. After arrival, visit a private garden outside the city.
Stay: Three Nights, Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Ayrlies Garden and Private Garden

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. Travel by ferry to the Island of Waiheke to visit the stunning winery and garden of Mudbrick Vineyard where we will enjoy lunch with views over the bay.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Depart Auckland

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

Trip Highlights

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


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • 20 Meals - 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Travel aboard a luxury vehicle
  • Flight from Queenstown to Auckland
  • Stay in centrally located 4-star hotels

Botanical Guide

Botanical Guide - Judy Horton

  • Judy Horton is a much awarded horticulturist who has been a radio garden adviser for more than 25 years. She gives talks, writes gardening articles and books, and has been responsible for six updates of the best-selling Yates Garden Guide. She is a keen gardener and is currently horticultural editor for the Garden Clubs of Australia’s magazine Our Gardens.

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with: New Zealand’s Taranaki Garden Spectacular and Private Gardens (BTNZTM9)
  • Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
  • Group Size - 20 to 25 guests

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