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Botanica

New Zealand Private Gardens and Landscapes

Christchurch to Auckland

Trip Code: BTNZ11
11 Days
8 Nov 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 days in a small group with a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Stay 10 nights in 4-star hotels plus 21 meals
  • Airport transfers on first and last day and flight from Queenstown to Auckland
  • See spring wildflowers in bloom, enjoy private garden visits and meet their owners
  • Discover Ayrlies private garden, seen on Monty Don's television series
  • Enjoy lunch at the Frensham Garden and tour Larnach Castle and garden
  • Spend time at the 2014 International Garden of the Year, Hamilton Gardens
  • Cruise spectacular Milford Sound and explore Queenstown and Arrowtown

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 20-25 guests
  • Can be combined with: New Zealand's Taranaki Garden spectacular & Private Gardens BTNZTM9
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
New Zealand map BTNZ11 2020-2021
Christchurch to Auckland

Arrive in Christchurch, known for its English heritage and New Zealand’s oldest established city, where tonight you’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, Christchurch, Rydges, Latimer Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

Today journey to the historic 19th century Ohinetahi garden and homestead, the private home of New Zealand architect, Sir Miles Warren. Afterwards enjoy lunch at Frensham, a relaxed private country garden with a huge variety of plants. On our way back to Christchurch we stop at a private garden set on 3.5 hectares that prides itself in an excellence in design, planting and maintenance, including a Kauri forest. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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 garden of Alan Trott along the way, recognised as a Garden of International Significance and awarded 6 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Visit the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden - a tribute to the author and rosarian before arriving into the city of Dunedin, which features the best collection of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in the southern hemisphere.

Stay: Two Nights, Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand’s oldest botanical garden with over 6,800 plant species. Travel to the wildlife capital, the Otago Peninsula, to Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, featuring rhododendrons and azaleas integrating with native ferns and indigenous trees. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Larnach Castle, which dates back to 1871 - set within a magnificent private garden. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today look out for spring wildflowers en route to Te Anau. We visit the southland garden Castlemaine, set in picturesque countryside with a strong formal English influence.

Stay: Te Anau, Distinction Hotel and Villas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy nature’s garden at its finest as you explore Mirror Lake, Homer Tunnel and The Chasm on board a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound. Milford Sound is New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction, a dramatic combination of mountain peaks, reflective waters and steep forest-clad cliffs. Arrive into the picturesque city of Queenstown, set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Stay: Two Nights, Queenstown, Novotel Lakeside

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a tour of spectacular Chantecler in Queenstown and learn about gardening in the foothills of The Remarkables mountain range. This Garden of National Significance boasts 12 acres of mature gardens, including almost 1000 rhodonedrons and azaleas, topiaries and sculptures. Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown where you have time to explore the quaint shops. This afternoon enjoy free time in Queenstown before enjoying a Farewell Dinner to the South Island this evening. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the north island. Arrive in the bustling harbourside city of Auckland, where you will visit the Botanic Gardens, comprising of 64 hectares of beautiful gardens and native forests before continuing onto the city of Hamilton. 

Stay: One night, Hamilton, Novotel Tainui Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today spend time at the Hamilton Gardens which features 21 themed gardens and was awarded International Garden of the Year in 2014. Visit a 19th-century historic homestead situated among 15 acres of garden, which was awarded a 5 star Garden of National Significance rating.

 

Stay: Two nights, Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning visit the iconic Ayrlies Garden, described by Monty Don as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Admire the wonderful plantings, using the borrowed landscape and the owner’s passion to create a world-class masterpiece. This afternoon visit a private country-style garden in East Auckland. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the inspirational six-acre private garden, A’ La Fois with its large sculptures, natives and exotics,  including large drifts of colourful Australian grevillias, before being transferred back to the Crowne Plaza hotel at approximately 1.00pm. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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