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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

Welcome to the fifth Hurunui Garden Festival. Over the weekend you can visit private gardens,
historic homesteads, art and collections 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.
Also on offer are a variety of special and unique places to explore, including a private museum and
car collection, artist studios and gorgeous historic homesteads.
We are excited to have New Zealand’s celebrity gardening guru, the wonderful Lynda Hallinan,
attending the festival. She will be with us for a speaking and dinner event that will educate,
entertain, and inspire you.
While you’re here for the festival and our warm hospitality, we hope you’ll stay several nights, visit
and support 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
long weekend in the inspirational private gardens and many other special places to visit in 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

Garden Size

Properties include large country gardens, residential gardens, historic homesteads, art studios and collections throughout the Hurunui.

Other Facilities

Some properties are hosting events during the Festival. Owners hosting events have included information on their individual pages in the guidebook and on the website. Some events may have a separate charge.

All visitors in a motor home are welcome to visit our properties. Some properties are available for overnighting; these details can be found in the guidebook.

The guidebook contains all the information needed to help you navigate visits to our properties. It can be ordered from our website and posted to you.

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 guidebook for wheelchair-friendly gardens.
  • Dogs allowed?
    The guidebook identifies gardens that welcome dogs.
  • Food available?
    Some gardens offer refreshments, check the festival guidebook or website for more information.
  • Picnics
    Some gardens welcome visitors to bring a picnic, please see our guidebook or website 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 properties, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets.
  • Plants/Sales
    Some of the properties have stalls, plant sales and artwork for sale. Check the website or guidebook for details on each property.
  • 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.