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private garden


139 Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand


Our relaxed country garden started in 1992. Over the years, with much trial and error, a garden has emerged which we and our visitors do enjoy. Much thought has gone into the placement of colour, the short and long-distance views, and the filtering of light which is created by judicious pruning.

The garden has been planned with year-round interest in mind, and visitors are encouraged to come and see the garden in winter. There is nothing more spectacular than a crisp winter's day with the low lying sun and its effects. More and more people come in autumn, and many are now visiting in summer evenings, rather than in the middle of the day when plants and people are feeling the heat and effects of the bright light.

Frensham welcomes you.

The Gardener

Each month I write a monthly email newsletter from the garden about plants and people, accompanied by photos and a seasonal recipe written by Marilyn McRae.

Garden Size

Frensham is a relaxed country garden of about half a hectare, set in a farm environment.


  • Price
    Admission: $15.00 per person. This includes a short introductory talk.
  • Parking
    Car and bus parking available.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Most areas of the garden are suitable for small mobility vehicles and wheelchairs.
  • Food available?
    Morning and Afternoon Teas and Lunches are available. See the website for full details.
  • Picnics
    Picnics allowed, plenty of seating,
  • Children allowed?
    Most welcome. Very young children must be carefully supervised because of the ponds.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Plenty of seating.
  • Plants/Sales
    BOOK: Frensham: A New Zealand Garden by Margaret Long & Juliet Nicholas is available for sale. The Gardener’s Journal. Publishing three times a year, this journal of articles and photographs caters for readers with a wide range of interests in the gardening world. See website www.frensham.co.nz for further info re The Gardener’s Journal Plants for sale.
  • Guided Tours
    Owner is available for guided tours on request. This takes an hour and a half and detailed information is given about our work in the garden, gardening tips and botanical information.
  • Weddings

    A beautiful venue for wedding photographs.


139 Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand