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Hurunui Garden Festival

The gardens are arranged into geographically based clusters, making it easy for you to plan your visit to multiple gardens. Each cluster has its own detailed map, showing you the precise location of the gardens, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets, accommodation, petrol and diesel stations, and food outlets.

Overview

27th October to 30th October 2022

We’re thrilled to welcome you to the fifth Hurunui Garden Festival. Over the weekend you can visit private gardens, historic homes, and artists from Amberley to Gore Bay, and Waikari to Hanmer Springs, many within one hour’s drive of Christchurch and the airport.

Our garden owners are ready to greet you and share their stories of how they’ve created their gardens.

This year for the first time, we have an opportunity to walk inside some of Hurunui’s outstanding historic homesteads. Also on offer is a showcase of local artists, their place of work and beautiful exhibits for sale.

We are excited to have New Zealand’s celebrity gardening guru, the wonderful Lynda Hallinan, attending the festival. She will be with us for speaking events that will educate, entertain, and inspire you.

While you’re enjoying our gardens, historic homesteads, art and warm hospitality, we hope you’ll stay the night and visit our wineries, cafes, and the many other attractions that the Hurunui District has to offer.

There’s so much to experience and enjoy at the Garden Festival. We’re inviting you to join us for a weekend in the inspirational gardens and homesteads of the Hurunui.

 

The Gardener

The Hurunui Garden Festival was launched early in 2018 by a group of local garden owners who wanted to assist with the Hurunui District’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of November 2016. The concept was to open gardens and invite visitors, particularly from outside the district, to spend a weekend enjoying the gardens and other attractions of the Hurunui District. The Festival would thereby create opportunities and benefits for businesses and residents across the district. More than a celebration of inspirational gardens, the Hurunui Garden Festival would be a district-wide promotion of the many attractions and warm hospitality of the region.

Garden Size

Gardens include large country gardens and residential gardens throughout the Hurunui.

Other Facilities

While you’re enjoying our inspirational gardens and warm country hospitality, we hope you’ll sample our hot pools, wineries, cafes, and the many natural attractions that make Hurunui District such a great place to visit.

Info

  • Price
    It costs adults $10 to visit each garden, payable on the day as you enter the garden. Children accompanied by an adult may enter for free. Please have cash with you, as the gardens cannot process electronic payments.
  • Parking
    Parking is available at all our gardens, please contact gardens owners if you are a tour group organiser bringing a bus.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Check the festival flyer for wheelchair friendly gardens.
  • Dogs allowed?
    The festival flyer identifies gardens that welcome dogs.
  • Food available?
    Some gardens offer refreshments, check the festival flyer for more information.
  • Picnics
    Some gardens welcome visitors to bring a picnic, please see our flyer for more information.
  • Children allowed?
    Children accompanied by an adult may enter for free. Please supervise children at all times as some gardens have water.
  • Toilets?
    Each cluster has its own detailed map, showing you the precise location of the gardens, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets.
  • Plants/Sales
    Remember to get your 2022 Hurunui Garden Calendar for only $20, available at each Garden throughout the weekend or online.
  • Guided Tours
    You can meet the garden owners, and learn how they’ve created their gorgeous gardens in our rather challenging climate.

Map

The gardens are arranged into geographically based clusters, making it easy for you to plan your visit to multiple gardens. Each cluster has its own detailed map, showing you the precise location of the gardens, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets, accommodation, petrol and diesel stations, and food outlets.