Gardens

New Zealand’s temperate climate and the heritage of its settlers has engendered a love of gardening throughout the country. From the subtropical north where palms and hibiscus flourish to the deep south (Dunedin has the oldest Botanical Gardens in the country) there are spectacular gardens to visit. The combination of native species and imported exotics, traditional and contemporary designs makes visiting the gardens and meeting their passionate custodians a fascinating experience.

Western North Island

One of New Zealand's longest-running garden festivals, the 10-day Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular showcasing over 1000 species of Rhododendrons.

Nelson / Marlborough

Hunter's Garden Marlborough is the premier 'Top of the South' spring garden festival.

Canterbury

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch Botanical gardens founded in 1863 comprise a collection of exotic and indigenous plants.

Trotts garden covers 2.8 hectares (7 acres) with a blend of woodland and formality.

Otago / Deep South

Enjoy native birdsong and hillside views as you encounter more than 6800 plant species in Dunedin's beautiful 28 hectare botanic garden.

Larnach Castle, Dunedin. There are nine different gardens, something for everyone - rockeries, perennial borders, deciduous azalea beds, 'forests', succulents and everything between.

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Activities

Ellerslie International Flower Show

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