Taranaki Rhododendrons tour - MTR

Number of Days: 5
Destination: New Zealand
Available Dates
  • Tour dates commencing Auckland: 16 Oct 2020.

    This tour makes the most of New Plymouth while the rhododendrons bloom. Meet private gardeners, wander magnificent Pukeiti and visit the exhibits in the unique Tawhiti Museum. Other highlights include visits to Hawera, Whanganui, Cross Hills garden and the Chateau Tongariro.

  • Day 1: Auckland - Piopio - New Plymouth

    We travel through the Waikato farmlands and stop for lunch with Rachel and Denzil Anselmi at Carmel Farm in Piopio. Continuing through the limestone country of the Awakino Gorge we drive out to the Tasman coast. Reaching New Plymouth, we visit John Wilmshurst & Diana Montgomery's Waiongana Gardens.

    Your home for two nights, The Waterfront Hotel, is just across from Len Lye’s Wind Wand kinetic sculpture and the waterfront boardwalk. We dine in at the hotel's Salt restaurant.

    What you'll love today

    • Travel the scenic Awakino Gorge to the Tasman coast
    • John Wilmshurst & Diana Montgomery's Waiongana Gardens


    Day 2: New Plymouth Gardens

    We meet Judi Gopperth at sweet Hirst Cottage, built in 1862, where the garden features a green and white theme and Valda Poletti at renowned Te Kainga Marire, a native garden of Global Significance. We visit Tupare House and its beautiful garden then lunch at Monica's Eatery and visit the adjacent Len Lye Centre.

    At Pukeiti wander the enchanted landscape of one of the world’s greatest collections of rhododendrons growing in lush rainforest on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. Buggy transport is available to take you around the pathways. We dine back in your hotel.

    What you'll love today

    • Pukeiti is a 360-hectare rainforest located between Mount Taranaki and the scenic west coast
    • The outstanding Len Lye Centre


    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 meet June and Colin Lees and stroll in their large rhododendron and vibernum garden. In Hawera we visit Jenny and John Pease's Gravetye Garden, with sweeping lawns, hedges and topiary.

    We explore Nigel Ogle's unique creation Tawhiti Museum and visit Jennifer and Ken Horner's large country garden, Puketarata set high on a hill with magnificent views before driving to Whanganui. We tour the city landmarks before checking into our hotel, The Quality Inn Collegiate.

    What you'll love today

    • We explore and lunch at unique Tawhiti museum in Hawera
    • Cairnhill Garden, Pukekura Park and Puketarata, iconic Taranaki gardens


    Day 4: Whanganui - Cross Hills Garden - Taihape - Ruapehu

    We drive over to Kimbolton in the Manawatu region to discover another gem on our New Zealand garden tour. The Wilson family's Cross Hills garden boasts 7 hectares of park like grounds with a renowned collection of over 2000 rhododendrons and azaleas. Further colour is added by tree paeonies, candelabra primulas and perennials.

    Continuing north we head into the dramatic landscape of the Central Plateau and around the slopes of Mount Ruapehu to Ohakune and on to Whakapapa village and The Chateau Tongariro Hotel in Tongariro National Park. We dine this evening in this classic, landmark hotel.

    What you'll love today

    • Cross Hills Garden rhododendron and azalea collection at the Wilson's farm
    • At the Chateau Tongariro enjoy the stunning views, four-star service and ambience of this classic hotel


    Day 5: The Chateau Tongariro - Aramatai Gardens - Crosshills - Auckland

    If the weather allows, we 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’re bound for Taumarunui and Jill and Leo Mouat's Aramatai gardens then on to Crosshills Farm, north of Otorohanga where our private lunch is hosted by Debbie Robertson.

    After lunch we drive north through the Waikato to Auckland.

    What you'll love today

    • We drive up to the Top of the Bruce for views of Mount Ruapehu and the Central Plateau
    • In Kio Kio we lunch with Debbie Robertson at her Crosshills garden
  • 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

    • Lunch at Carmel Farm with Rachel and Denzil Anselmi
    • Meet John Wilmshurst and Diana Montgomery at Waiongana
    • Visit Judi Gopperth at Hirst Cottage and garden
    • Te Kainga Marire, a native garden of Global Significance
    • Visit Tupare House and garden now restored to its former glory
    • At Pukeiti see one of the world’s great rhododendron collections
    • Visit Jenny and John Pease’s formal Gravetye Garden
    • Explore Nigel Ogle’s unique creation, Tawhiti Museum
    • Wander the Horner’s country garden, Puketarata
    • The Wilson family’s Cross Hills garden
    • Visit Jill Mouat’s five-acre Aramatai Gardens and ponds
    • Private lunch hosted by Debbie Robertson
  • Available Dates

    • $2,490 per person | Single Supplement add $400

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