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Lavender Abbey

351 Dalefield Road, Carterton, Wairarapa


Our mission is to provide our customers with quality lavender products, with a personal touch, at affordable prices.

NZ Made and NZ Grown.

Lavender Abbey   >   NZLGA awards 2020 - five silver awards won at the NZLGA supreme oil awards 2020.

Every year, on our spray-free lavender farm, we tend to more than 2,000 plants on our seven-acre property, a job that typically starts in spring and finishes in February when the flower crop is harvested and made into our Gold and Silver consecutive award-winning lavender 100% pure essential oil. Using our lavender pure essential oil, we create a variety of natural lavender products which support health and wellness.

The best thing about our NZ made lavender products? The fact they’re made from high-quality, unspoilt lavender grown in some of the world’s best quality soil in the freshest New Zealand air and sunshine.

The Gardener

Lavender Abbey is the creation of Jan and Stuart Abernethy. We fell in love with lavender and its huge range of uses, after moving from Wellington to the Wairarapa in 2008. Originally a paddock of lavender plants, now a thriving small NZ small business making natural lavender products.

Garden Size

Our lavender farm is about ½ an acre, allow an hour or two for your visit.

Other Facilities

Lavender Abbey is famous for its 'Pick you own lavender' event. Visitors from all over New Zealand come to our lavender farm to experience the aroma and beauty of lavender.

Come, relax and enjoy picking lavender in sunny Carterton. Immerse your senses in all that is lavender.

Every year in January, for the past 10 years, we've hosted a "Pick Your Own Lavender" event at our Dalefield Road property in Carterton, just an hours drive from Wellington. It is a 'don’t miss’ summer weekend event. We throw open the gates of our lifestyle property to give you a chance to pick your own lavender and share in our slice of Provence.


  • Price
    $5 per person for your garden visit. In the lavender picking season there is a gold coin entry per person and lavender picking is $5 per bunch. Wedding photo shoots are $60 per hour.
  • Parking
    Plenty of off-road parking and wheelchair access.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Our grounds are flat for wheelchair access.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Yes, on a leash.
  • Picnics
    Come and view our NZ grown lavender and enjoy a few hours in the sun adoring the incredible aroma. Bring a picnic, rug, sunglasses, sunhat, an umbrella for shade and just relax in the lavender field.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise at all times.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Yes, we have some seating available.
  • Plants/Sales
    You can also purchase our multi-award-winning lavender 100% pure essential oil, winning Gold & Silver at the NZLGA Supreme Oil Awards 2018, 2019 & 2020 plus our natural handmade lavender products. Each year we sell our products at weekend markets held locally in Wairarapa and throughout the Wellington region. Specialising in macro (or close up) photography, Jan is inspired by the beauty of our flowers and the natural environment around us. Just look at her amazing images – all of which are for sale under the brand Abbey Photography.
  • Guided Tours
    We are happy to show our visitors around the garden and discuss the lavender harvesting and distillation processes.
  • Weddings

    Our property is available for wedding parties to have their photos on our grounds.


351 Dalefield Road, Carterton, Wairarapa

Lavender Abbey is located just south of Carterton in the beautiful Wairarapa Region, Lower North Island.