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Garden Marlborough

92 High Street Blenheim 7240


The dates for this year are 7th to the 10th November 2024.

We will take you to the paradise of Marlborough’s most unique and sensational gardens, travelling along the spectacular eastern seaboard through the valleys and plains of the Marlborough countryside and into Blenheim’s urban hideaways. It’s not simply beauty, form and colour, but energy, passion, hard work and diversity that see gardens selected for our tours.

Entertainment will include music from local artists and groups.



The Gardener

Last year we celebrated 30 years of Garden Marlborough. The event was a wonderful success, with record tickets sales and fabulous feedback from attendees, some of whom have been attending since the very beginning! 

The festival involves a huge number of volunteers in the community who generously give their time to bring together the best event of its kind in New Zealand: the friendly and helpful people who staff our registration operation, the tour guides and workshop hosts, helpers at the fete site, those who make lunches and morning teas ,and many, many others. Our event depends on our extraordinary garden owners, who work tirelessly during the year to open their amazing environments for others to share in and be inspired by. Behind Garden Marlborough is a whole community of people, who come together to ensure we bring you a truly unforgettable weekend.

Other Facilities

We invite a very high calibre of guest speakers to our workshop programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your skills, deepen your horticultural knowledge and learn professional gardening tricks and tips from prominent New Zealand and international gardening experts.

Anyone at the annual Garden Party in the last two years will need no reminding why we’ve leapt at the chance to go back to the wondrous Longfield for the Garden Party.

The Stihl Shop Garden Fete is a highlight in Marlborough’s event calendar, and one of our largest free community happenings. A day at the fete in Churchill Glade is a perfect way to round off Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough and to experience the fabulous collection of plants people, artisan vendors and garden product stalls offering a wide variety of high-quality items for the garden and gardener.

Just down the hall from our office at the Blenheim Club, the bar is the perfect way to wind down as you enjoy a glass of delicious Rapaura Springs wine and great local food.


  • Accommodation
    For all accommodation enquiries, call the Marlborough i-SITE on 0800 777 181.
  • Price
    Tickets to Garden Marlborough 2024 will go on sale Monday 22nd July 2024 Bookings may be made by phoning 0800 627 527 or visiting our office at 92 High St, Blenheim (Henry St entrance). You can book online at www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz. This website offers easy, secure online ticket purchases, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or email the office info@gardenmarlborough.co.nz All ticket holders must register at Event HQ, 92 High Street, (entrance off Henry St) prior to their selected event. Please don’t leave this until the last minute. Choose from one of our bus tours, tickets must be booked in advance. There are no self-drive tours.
  • Parking
    Located in Churchill Glade on Parker Street, inside the picturesque Pollard Park, the fete operates between 9.00am and 3.00pm and is an easy 10-15 minute walk from Garden Marlborough HQ. Car parking is available for a gold coin donation at the Marlborough Girls’ College close by.
  • Food available?
    Lunch will be supplied on the East Coast, Botanical Overlord and Pelorus Sounds tours. Lunch is available to pre-order on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These must be picked up from Event HQ on Hight Street, after 12pm.
  • Picnics
    Bring a picnic rug and find a quiet space alongside the stream, or under a canopy of magnificent trees, to sit with friends and family to take in the special atmosphere on the day.
  • Children allowed?
    There will be a kids’ activity trail around the park.
  • Plants/Sales
    The Stihl Shop Garden Fete is a highlight in Marlborough’s event calendar, and one of the largest free community happenings in Blenheim. A day at the fete in Churchill Glade is a perfect way to round off Garden Marlborough, and to experience the fabulous collection of plant and artisan vendors and garden product stalls offering a wide variety of high-quality items for the garden and gardener, as well as prime Christmas shopping for every sort of buyer.
  • Guided Tours
    All buses for the garden tours will leave from Seymour Square. Every tour has a volunteer tour guide who will host you throughout the day. These friendly and helpful people will pass on their knowledge of the region and provide background information as you travel between gardens.


92 High Street Blenheim 7240

By Air Blenheim airport receives connections daily from Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The airport is situated approximately 10km from the town centre. Taxi and shuttle services are available from the airport terminal. By Ferry The Interislander and Bluebridge terminals at Picton are 28km from Blenheim and are a 30-minute taxi ride from Blenheim town centre. Buses meet most ferry arrivals.