Akaroa House & Garden Tour
The 2016 Event is now over so watch this space for 2017 new details.
Inside Out – Akaroa House & Garden Tour 2016 a look into Akaroa’s finest heritage cottages, gardens and homes. There are 15 homes and gardens on the 2016 House and Garden Tour. They include beautifully restored cottages, exclusive B&B’s, rural landscaped gardens, Akaroa’s famous mosaic and sculpture garden, wine tasting from local vineyards and much more.
“On this year’s House and Garden Tour we are thrilled to be able to profile some heritage Akaroa cottages that have not been open to the public before. They have been beautifully renovated and the owners are generously opening them up for the tour”, says Akaroa District Promotions Executive Officer, Hollie Hollander. “Akaroa and the surrounding bays provide the perfect backdrop for gardens bursting with lavender, roses, native and exotic trees, fruit and nut orchards, vineyards and birdsong. It’s a privilege to be offered a glimpse into these environments and testament to the hard work and dedication of the property owners.”
Among the highlights of this year’s tour is ‘All Season’s’ cottage which was originally the Akaroa Borough Council Office building, built in 1896 and situated west of the Customhouse near Daly’s Wharf. It was moved to its current site in 1967 and is now a welcoming family holiday cottage.
Also open on the tour which will delight many, is ‘Banksia Cottage’. The cottage was built in 1858 and was home to Jessie Mould from 1967 until 2001. Bronwyn Thoms (interior designer) purchased it in 2011 and has now fully restored the cottage, while retaining the integrity of the building. Don’t miss this opportunity to see inside and experience these cottages and a piece of Akaroa’s history opening for the first time to the public.
Close by ‘Banksia Cottage’ is ‘Akaroa FyrneBrook House’ which is tucked away in a beautiful park-like garden filled with old world & modern Roses, Rhododendrons, ornamental & native trees and perennials all nestled between Balguerie Stream & native bush.
For those with a thirst for fine wine, then don’t miss the chance to visit Heidi and Tim Herbert’s Valley Road Vineyard. The landscaped grounds lead into the vineyard which spreads down the hill towards the harbour. A highlight of this property is the straw-bale home and a hidden waterfall nestled behind the vines.
Across the road in French Farm is the garden of Jendy & Pat Brooks, a large informal country garden nestled in the beautiful valley. Open all weekend will be ‘The Potting Shed’-a colourful garden shop selling NZ Studio Pottery and other quality goodies.
Take the scenic drive out to the Simpsons garden high above Fisherman’s Bay and you will be rewarded with one of Banks Peninsula’s top gardens. Set against stunning Pacific Ocean vistas this two hectare garden blends native with non-native plants to create a truly New Zealand garden.
There are a number of new properties included on the tour -some of which have not been open to the public before.
The Akaroa & the Bays House & Garden tour is held every 2 years.
Josie Martin will open ‘The Giants House Mosaic & Sculpture Garden’ as part of the tour on Sunday from 2-4pm.
Most gardens will be open from 10am-5pm all weekend.
The Inside Out House and Garden Tour is a community fundraiser. Tickets are available now at the Akaroa Adventure Centre, Akaroa Museum, Ballantynes in Christchurch & Timaru, The Little River Gallery, Eventfinda and www.akaroa.com