Taranaki Rhododendron Festival Tour- TRF
Number of Days: 5
Destination: New Zealand
Join us on our fabulous Rhododendron garden tour. This 5 day tour commences in Auckland.
This is a small group tour and the actual numbers of participants are limited. Part of the fun of touring is meeting new people and our small groups offer a great opportunity for you to enjoy this advantage. If you are keen to join then we recommend you should register as soon as possible.
5 Day Itinerary Commences Auckland 18 October 2019 - Explore the beautiful gardens of Taranaki on this round trip from Auckland.
Day 1: Auckland - Piopio - New Plymouth
Departing Auckland we travel south through the lush Waikato farmlands to Te Kuiti, stopping for lunch in Piopio. Continuing through the limestone country of the Awakino Gorge we drive out to the Tasman coast. We enjoy a special hosted lunch at Carmel farm before we visit Ann Walker and Vince Naus' riverside garden which features traditional, formal and modern plantings surrounding their 100 year old villa. Our New Plymouth accommodation is at a hotel near the seafront, Len Lye’s Wind Wand kinetic sculpture and the waterfront boardwalk. Our included welcome dinner tonight is at the hotel. L,D
Day 2: Pukeiti and New Plymouth Gardens
Our first stop is at Hirst Cottage (built 1862), where the garden has a green and white theme and then to renowned Te Kainga Marire, a native garden of Global Significance. After lunch we visit the Len Lye Centre before continuing to Pukeiti where we wander the enchanted landscape of one of the world’s greatest collections of rhododendrons planted in lush rainforest on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki. B,L,D
Day 3: New Plymouth - Cairnhill Garden - Hawera gardens – Whanganui
We visit Pukekura Park then drive to the start of the Forgotten World Highway to Cairnhill Garden to stroll in the large rhododendron and vibernum garden. We continue to Hawera to visit Gravetye Garden, a formal garden with sweeping lawns, hedges and topiary. We explore Tawhiti Museum and Puketarata country garden with magnificent rural views before driving on to Whanganui. B,L,D
Day 4: Whanganui - Cross Hills Garden - Taihape - Ruapehu
We drive to Kimbolton in the Manawatu region to discover another gem on our New Zealand garden tour. Cross Hills garden boasts 7 hectares of park like grounds with a renowned collection of over 2000 rhododendrons, plus azaleas, tree paeonies, candelabra primulas and perennials. Continuing north we stop for lunch at Taihape then head into the Central Plateau and around Mount Ruapehu to Ohakune, Whakapapa village and the famous Chateau Tongariro Hotel. B,L,D
Day 5: The Chateau Tongariro - Aramatai Gardens - Auckland
After a leisurely breakfast at The Chateau, we (weather permitting)take a drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce for a close-up view of Mt Ruapehu and panoramic views of the region. Then we head for Taumarunui and Aramatai gardens before continuing to Kio Kio in the King Country to visit Crosshills. After lunch we drive back north through the Waikato farmlands and reach Auckland in the late afternoon. B,L
Includes meals as per final itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Light lunch, D = Welcome and other designated dinners.
- All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
- Services of your knowledgeable driver/guide.
- Quality accommodation.
- All Meals (as shown on the itinerary).
- All Activities and Entrance Fees (as per final itinerary).
- From $2,645 pp twin share. Single supplement + $795.