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Botanica

Rose Garden Tour of New Zealand – escorted by Michael Marriott & Paul Zimmerman

Auckland return

Trip Code: BTRN9
9 Days
13 November 2023

Trip Highlights

New Zealand’s Natural Wonders

Visit a range of private and public gardens, and admire the unique and wondrous landscapes of New Zealand’s North Island.

Learn the Tricks of the Trade

Benefit from firsthand encounters with several rose-growing experts during your journey.

Meet Your Rose Experts

Join Michael Marriott and Paul Zimmerman, whose knowledge of everything rose-related adds an extra dimension to the tour.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • Eight-nights’ accommodation in comfortable centrally located hotels and 17 meals

    Eight-nights’ accommodation in comfortable centrally located hotels and 17 meals

  • Escorted by renowned rosarians Michael Marriott & Paul Zimmerman
  • Visit the garden of Nancy Steen filled with heritage as well as many unusual varieties
  • Discover Hamilton Gardens, International Garden of the Year winner 2014 with many themed gardens featuring different types of roses
  • See Amore Roses where roses are grown and trialled from around the world 
  • Explore Greenhaugh, a six-star garden, with many old roses alongside perennials, annuals and bulbs
  • See rose trials in Palmerston North, most of the roses being unique to New Zealand
  • Travel aboard the Northern Explorer train and see the thermal region of Rotorua

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Fitness Rating: Medium
  • Group Size: 20-30 Guests
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Auckland return

Arrive in Auckland today and be transferred to your hotel by private car. Enjoy some free time to relax and settle in before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

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

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  • Dinner

Today visit Nancy Steen Garden. Developed by the New Zealand Heritage Roses group and the Auckland City Council, the garden was created to showcase the unusual roses collected over the course of Nancy Steen’s life. In addition to over 200 varieties of roses, the garden is home to a number of shrubs and perennials designed to complement the roses. Next we continue on to Auckland Botanic Gardens, which is home to more than 10,000 plants from around the world, displayed in 23 different gardens, including a perennial garden, a native plant garden and, of course, the rose garden. The rose garden is chemical free and roses undergo a three-year trial before being planted in the garden. The roses are displayed in a variety of garden designs and include modern and heritage roses, accompanied by flowering perennials and annuals. Afterwards we will take a sightseeing tour of Auckland to see the highlights of this harbour city. Tonight, we will enjoy a lecture by a renowned rosarian.

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Today we depart Auckland for Hamilton. Here we visit the Hamilton Gardens, awarded the ‘International Garden of the Year’ in 2014. Go behind the scenes as we explore their various themed gardens.  Roses will again be the star in the Rogers Rose Garden. Themed areas include a Species Rose collection, the Malmaison roses of Empress Josephine, roses of Guillot, the Peace rose and its descendants, as well as past and present winners of the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trials. This afternoon, visit the private garden of Villa Walton. Many families, over its over 100-year history, have tended to the gardens here, which bloom each season with perennials, bulbs and shrubs. See an example of a Kauri tree, said to be over a hundred year’s old, as well as Copper Beech, Rimu, Totara and magnificent magnolia trees, which the native Tui birds love to visit. 

Stay: Two Nights: Hamilton, Novotel Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit Amore Roses, which grows and sells an exclusive range of international rose breeds. This private business and garden displays its roses in full beds that burst into bloom. See roses from around the world and learn about their history, as well as the people responsible for breeding them. Here we will visit the test gardens and meet the owner. This afternoon we will visit Te Awamutu Rose Garden, which features over 2500 rose bushes and more than 50 varieties. Beds of roses are planted among green lawns and are great examples of using roses in mass plantings.

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Depart Hamilton for beautiful Taupo, set on the lake that shares its name. Here we will visit Joan Williamson Rose Garden. Centered around a large gazebo, it’s surrounded by beds of antique and modern roses and is a favorite spot for weddings. From here we continue onto Palmerston North, our home for the next three nights.

Stay: Three Nights: Palmerston North, Copthorne Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

This morning we will visit Dugald MacKenzie Rose Gardens for their annual rose trials. See the new varieties and meet their breeders at this special event. The garden houses over 100 varieties of rose, covering over four acres. Many are unique to New Zealand, so prepare to see roses you might not catch sight of anywhere else in the world. This afternoon we will visit rose breeder John Ford Roses. John’s aunt was the late Nola Simpson, who Sam McGredy once called the greatest amateur rose breeder in the world. John continues her legacy with his own fine roses. Enjoy a tour with, and talk by, John Ford.

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Travel to Whanganui to visit Matthews Roses, a multigenerational nursery, breeding roses to suit the New Zealand climate. Besides the roses of Bob Matthews, they also offer roses from Kordes, Orard, Harkness, Weeks and Dickson as well as New Zealand-bred roses. This will be a wonderful chance to see a wide range of roses grown by one of the best rose nurseries around. This afternoon, visit Greenhaugh. Greenhaugh has been designated a Six-Star Garden of International Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. The two-hectare semi-formal gardens have been developed over the past forty years, the background of established trees a legacy of previous occupants. Old roses, perennials, self-seeding annuals and bulbs are restrained by box hedging in this pretty garden.

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This morning we board the Northern Explorer train from Palmerston North to Otorohanga. Journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu, see ancient lava flows and dense beech forests with stunning views of the landscape. Travel to Rotorua and check in to your hotel before enjoying a traditional Māori hangi feast.

Stay: Stay: Rotorua, Sudima Hotel or similar

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we will visit the Te Puia thermal area to see the geothermal activity of the area. Marvel at the dramatic geysers, bubbling mud and beautiful native bush. We then continue onto Auckland where our tour ends.

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.