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private garden

A Wild Dream

2600 Glenorchy road Mt. Creighton


Only 28 kilometres from Queenstown towards Glenorchy, along the Wakatipu lakeside you can find our hidden paradise. from early spring till autumn we have thousands of flowers planted all over the 5-acre garden. including about,3,000 roses that brings a beautiful smell while walking around, and thousands of lilies, some of our lilies stand over 4 metres tall! poppies and many other varieties of flowers. We also have all kinds of yoga position sculptures erected along the 700 meters of tracks, water features, and some wildlife, such as peacock, ducks, and geese.

Our paradise is also the home to many mature NZ native and exotic trees, a wide variety of fruits, nuts, berries and ornamental trees established. A man-made creek through the property also ponds with plenty of fish.

Did we mention that our paradise sits exactly on the 45th parallel south? Meaning it is the same distance from here to the Equator and the South Pole!

View a video of the garden below (click the full screen icon to enlarge):

The Gardener

Thomas and Christy Schneider are originally from Switzerland and the Philippines and have lived in New Zealand for 36 years.

Here you can discover a creation that has taken 26 years so far all done by an individual.  As a child Thomas had a strong sympathy for nature, so everything around his garden has been crafted with a lot of passion and love. Unfortunately, this sort of passion for nature, plants, animals and individual creation becomes rare in this fast-moving industrial world.

Garden Size

This rural/residential property consists of 5 acres- or 1.98 hectares (19,800 m2) of fertile land.

Other Facilities

By arrangement we can also show our garden visitor inside our unique house, to discover our handcrafted furniture's, walls, floor, toilet and bathroom. Most of the used materials are from the lakeshore and forest. 

In addition to accommodation, Little Paradise Guesthouse offers easy access to the high adventure activities Queenstown has become famous for, as well as easy access to New Zealand's famous Routeburn and Greenstone walking tracks.

Wildlife, comfort, serenity, scenery and splendour aplenty! Come and let us care for you in this peaceful setting. 


  • Accommodation
    Little Paradise guesthouse offers relaxing accommodation situated in a beautiful garden with thousands of different flowers and several water features. Large, cosy and unique rooms. One cottage with a queen bed and ensuite. Shared kitchen facilities, lounge, laundry and shower. Parking space, luggage storage. German, Filipino & English is spoken. Barbeque area
  • Price
    $15 per person, with tea, coffee, juice and cookies $19 per person. Family and group discount available.
  • Parking
    We have off-street parking for cars buses and coaches.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The property has a bit of everything from flat land, which slopes up a gentle rise to flat terraces on the hill. Some of the gardens are okay for Wheelchair.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs because of our birdlife.
  • Picnics
    You are welcome to bring a picnic to the garden.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise at all times as we have water features.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have a toilet available.
  • Seating
    We have plenty of areas with places to sit. The verandah and pergola face towards the lake taking in the incredible views, which is why the rooms all have large picture windows. From here you can take in the mountains, well planted and kept gardens, and lake.
  • Plants/Sales
    Plants can be sold, but only during the planting time of the year.
  • Guided Tours
    Guided tours can be arranged.
  • Weddings

    We have many people using our garden to take wedding pictures.


2600 Glenorchy road Mt. Creighton

Located on Lake Wakatipu and only 25-30 minutes drive from Queenstown New Zealand, and 15 minutes drive to Glenorchy.