private garden

The Garden at French Farm

104 French Farm Valley Road, RD 2 Akaroa 7582


The garden is nestled in the historic French Farm Valley on the banks of the Te Waimangu Stream.

Once part of a large sheep and cattle farm, the garden is testament to the resilience of native bush and the speed at which it can regenerate once the stock is removed.

In 2003 two stands of bush in the garden were protected in perpetuity by QE11 Covenants.

The bush contains many fine examples of a variety of native trees including kahikatea, totara, matai and some huge kowhai but a feature is a mature Pokaka which is listed as a Notable Tree of NZ.

It contains dramatic herbaceous borders forming a natural colourful amphitheatre full of tulips, irises, daylilies and dahlias depending on the season. The planting intends to tie the ornamental garden into the wider landscape with its magnificent backdrop of native bush and surrounding hills.

Paths meander through the garden and there are several streamside bush walks with many glades and dells that provide perfect spaces to relax and enjoy the birdsong.

The Gardener

The garden is under the care of owners Jendy and Pat Brooks who have made the move to the Banks Peninsula from North Otago. Passionate gardeners, they are relishing the challenge of taking care of and further developing this beautiful property.

Garden Size

A four-hectare property (eleven acres).

Other Facilities

There is a wealth of wildlife on the property... Birdlife includes bellbirds, kereru (native pigeons), fantails, kingfishers, pukeko, grey warblers, harrier hawks, shining cuckoos, mallard ducks, Paradise shelducks, shags, white-faced herons, Californian quail etc.


  • Accommodation
    No but plenty nearby.
  • Price
    A charge of $10 per head for unguided individuals/small groups. $15 per head for groups (minimum 10, maximum 30).
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
    Limited areas.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Strictly on a leash.
  • Food available?
    Plenty of good cafes & restaurants in nearby Akaroa plus the Hilltop Tavern & Little River Cafe & Gallery on the way back towards Christchurch are both well worth a visit.
  • Picnics
    Yes please feel free to bring your own picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Free - but must be well supervised.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Yes. There are several areas suitable for picnics and general 'rest and recuperation'.
  • Plants/Sales
    We have a shop called "The Potting Shed" full of beautiful things which are open on most days.
  • Guided Tours
  • Weddings

    Feel free to get in touch.


104 French Farm Valley Road, RD 2 Akaroa 7582

An hour and a bit’s drive from Christchurch. And 15 minutes from the delightful seaside town of Akaroa.