Otago Farmhouse gardens and Victorian fete tour - MOG19
Number of Days: 7
Destination: New Zealand
Tour commences Auckland - 13 Nov 2019.
Wander the beautiful gardens of Queenstown and the station gardens of the Maniototo Plain’s big sky country. Ranfurly’s Art Deco buildings, Fleur’s famous seafood café at Moeraki, Oamaru’s Victorian Fete and meeting the locals are special highlights.
7 DAY ITINERARY
Tour commences Auckland Wednesday 13 November 2019 and concludes in Auckland 19 Nov.
Day 1: Fly to Queenstown – Gibbston Valley – Queenstown
On arrival Queenstown we visit Stoneridge Estate Garden then drive to Annabel and Bruce Russell’s for lunch in the Gibbston Valley property where the first vineyard was planted. We check into Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside for two nights and dine in this evening. Our hotel is by the Botanic Gardens.
Day 2: Queenstown – Blair Garden – Arrowtown – Chantecler
We visit two gardens of National Significance, Janet Blair’s at Lake Hayes and lunch nearby in Arrowtown at Provisions. In the afternoon we wander in Mike Henry’s Chantecler where themed gardens from around the world are featured along with large plantings of rhododendrons and peonies.
Day 3: Queenstown – Clyde – Ophir – St Bathans – Naseby - Ranfurly
We visit historic Clyde on the way to magnificent Maniototo Plain and lunch at Pitches Store in historic Ophir. Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn is full of treasures. We call into the Vulcan Hotel in the old gold rush town of St Bathans and visit Naseby before reaching Ranfurly for 2 nights at Hawkdun Lodge.
Day 4: Ranfurly – farmhouse gardens – Clachanburn, Patearoa
We call into Mary and Mac Wright’s hillside garden and Fay–Ann and Kelvin Thompson’s Glen Eden Station before enjoying a tour and tasting at John and Susie Elliott’s Lammermoor Station distillery and garden. We lunch with Jane Falconer in her garden of National Significance at Clachanburn Station and visit the Art Deco Gallery in Ranfurly on our return.
Day 5: Ranfurly – Fleur’s Place, Moeraki – Victorian Fete, Oamaru
We stop for brunch at the unique restaurant, Fleur’s Place, Moeraki. In Oamaru the Fete is in full swing celebrating the town’s Victorian heritage amid streets of Oamaru Stone buildings – live music, dance, street theatre and penny farthings. Dine at Portside Restaurant and stay 2 nights at Highfield Mews.
Day 6: Oamaru sightseeing – Totara Estate – Elderslie Estate – Brookfield House
Hear stories of Totara Estate, where lamb was first frozen and shipped to Britain, as billy tea brews. Lunch is with Pete and Bev Rodwell at Elderslie Estate which has a fascinating history and link with Phar Lap. We visit Jen Rendell’s restored Brookfield House and Garden. Dine at The Star and Garter Cafe.
Day 7: Oamaru – Papakaio – Carew – Christchurch – Fly to Auckland
We visit Gloria and Ian Hurst’s Willowpark with its lush plantings, ponds, lawns and trees in Papakaio and lunch at Te Timata, Boo and Hamish Woodhouse’s Canterbury farmhouse. In the garden Himalayan lilies are starting to grow tall. We continue across the plains to Christchurch airport.
Your tour is inclusive of meals while on tour, Auckland/Auckland domestic air or land or air travel as per itinerary, accommodation, activities and entrance fees plus the care of your guide. If you live outside Auckland we can book flights from your nearest airport
- Special lunches: Gibbston Valley, Queenstown; Pitches Café, Ophir; Clachanburn Station Patearoa; Fleur’s Place, Moeraki; Elderslie Estate, Oamaru; Te Timata farm, Carew
- Janet Blair’s Lake Hayes garden
- Mike Henry’s Chantecler Garden
- Rayleen McNally’s garden at Poolburn
- Visit Vulcan Hotel at St Bathans
- Jane Falconer’s Clachanburn Garden in the Maniototo
- Lamermoor Station garden & distillery
- The Victorian Fete in Oamaru’s historic Precinct
- Visit historic Totara Estate near Oamaru
- Meet Pete & Bev Rodwell at Elderslie Estate Garden.
- $4,390 - No compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers.