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Explore private and public gardens of the Taranaki Garden Spectacular and experience the beauty of the Marlborough region. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTNZTM9
Duration: 9 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: New Plymouth to Christchurch
Meals included: 13


Day 1. Arrive New Plymouth

Upon arrival you will be met at New Plymouth airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm to meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers.
Stay: Three Nights: New Plymouth, Novotel Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Taranaki Garden Spectacular & Private Gardens

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 from garden to garden exploring a diverse range of gardens.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Taranaki Garden Spectacular & Private Gardens

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

Day 4. Wellington

Visit more festival gardens before leaving Taranaki. On the way to Wellington enjoy views of the picturesque Lake Mangamahoe and a garden visit in the coastal town of Hawera before arriving in New Zealand’s capital city this afternoon.
Stay: Two Nights: Wellington, InterContinental Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Wellington and Private Garden Visit

Visit a private garden this morning with the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you might like to visit Te Papa Tongarewa Museum located on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Interslander Ferry – Picton and Blenheim

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 tonight at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Blenheim, Château Marlborough
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Marlborough Gardens

Today experience the beauty of the Marlborough region’s gardens including the renowned Hortensia House and Upton Oaks Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Christchurch

This morning we depart for Flaxmere Garden located at the foothills of Lake Sumner Forest Park. Enjoy lunch at Flaxmere Garden before continuing onto Christchurch arriving mid-afternoon.
Stay: Christchurch, Latimer Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Depart Christchurch

After breakfast visit a beautiful private garden before being transferred to the airport for your flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Attend the fabulous Taranaki Garden Spectacular festival, renowned for its gardens of significance
  • Visit remarkable private gardens and meet their owners & creators
  • See spring wildflowers in bloom
  • Cross Cook Strait aboard the InterIslander ferry
  • Visit the renowned Hortensia House, private garden of Georges & Huguette Michel
  • Spend time in New Zealand’s grape country at Upton Oaks Garden
  • Take in the eclectic mix of history & contemporary culture in the South Island city of Christchurch


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide & experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day
  • 13 Meals – 8 Breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 Dinners 
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay in centrally located 4 to 5-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


This tour can be combined with:

  • New Zealand Private Gardens & Landscapes - BTNZ11


Botanical Guide – Simon Rickard

  • Celebrity gardener Simon Rickard is one of Botanica’s most experienced Botanical Guides with an incredible knowledge of plants and gardens around the world


Taranaki Gardens of Significance

  • The region of Taranaki has 13 gardens of significance, due to the rich volcanic soil and microclimate of the region


Trip Notes

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

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