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Botanica

New Zealand's Taranaki Garden Spectacular, Private Gardens & Landscapes

New Plymouth to Auckland

Trip Code: BTNZNA20
20 Days
24 Oct 2020

Trip Highlights

Taranaki Garden Festival

Visit the gardens of international significance at the Taranaki Garden Festival.

New Zealand's Natural Wonders

Marvel at New Zealand's spectacular natural scenery and natures garden in bloom.

Gardens of Auckland

Discover the beautiful Gardens of Auckland including Ayrlies and Eden and visit Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Flight from Queenstown to Auckland
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • 35 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
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New Plymouth to Auckland

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Taranaki Garden Spectacular

See Kiwi gardens of significance in the spectacular North Island region of Taranaki.

Upon arrival you will be met at New Plymouth airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 7.00pm to meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, New Plymouth, Novotel Hotel

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  • Dinner

Taranaki Garden Spectacular

See Kiwi gardens of significance in the spectacular North Island region of Taranaki.


This morning enjoy your first day amongst the private and public gardens of the Taranaki Garden Spectacular. Explore delightful gardens nestling on the slopes of majestic Mt. Taranaki, either with your Botanical Guide or on your own. You will travel in comfort exploring a diverse range of gardens.

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  • Breakfast

Taranaki Garden Spectacular

See Kiwi gardens of significance in the spectacular North Island region of Taranaki.


Continue on your botanical exploration of the highlights of the private and public gardens of the Taranaki region. Each garden is different, but inspirational and you can see the history and development of each one.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Taranaki Garden Spectacular

See Kiwi gardens of significance in the spectacular North Island region of Taranaki.


On the way to Wellington enjoy views of Lake Mangamahoe and travel through the coastal towns of Hawera, Wanganui and Paraparaumu before arriving early afternoon.

Stay: Two Nights, Wellington, InterContinental Hotel

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Visit a private garden this morning and the Botanic Gardens of Wellington before having this afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you might like to visit Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, referred to by some as Australasia’s most visited museum, located on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront.

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Today you’ll enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the InterIslander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the breathtaking landscape of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Arrive into the heart of New Zealand’s wine growing region, Marlborough. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Blenheim, Château Marlborough

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Today experience the beauty of the Marlborough region’s gardens including the renowned Hortensia House and Upton Oaks Garden.

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This morning we visit the Welton House Garden, a plant lover’s paradise steeped in 150 years of history. Enjoy lunch here before boarding the Coastal Pacific, one of the world’s great train journeys. Take in stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura ranges before arriving in Christchurch.

Stay: Three Nights, Christchurch, Rydges Latimer Hotel

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Enjoy a full day to the picturesque harbour village of Akaroa. Visit a Garden of National Significance as well as a historic house featuring artwork, terraced gardens, sculptures and mosaics. Stop at a private garden with stunning views out over the ocean before arriving back to Christchurch.

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Spend the day at leisure in the Garden City. This evening enjoy dinner at 6.30pm.

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Today journey to the historic Ohinetahi Garden and enjoy lunch at Frensham Garden, a relaxed private country garden. 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.

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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

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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.

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Today travel to Te Anau and also visit a southland garden set in picturesque countryside.

Stay: Te Anau, Distinction Hotel and Villas

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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

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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.

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After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight to Auckland. Arrive in the bustling harbourside city where you will visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens before arriving in Hamilton.

Stay: Three Nights, Hamilton, Novotel Tainui Hotel

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Today spend time at the Hamilton Gardens which features 21 gardens and was awarded International Garden of the Year in 2014. Next visit a 19th century historic homestead situated amongst 15 acres of garden.

Stay: Two nights, Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel

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  • 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 garden in East Auckland.

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Visit a private garden outside the city this morning before being transferred back to the Crowne Plaza hotel at approximately 1.00pm.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.