A Wonderful Holiday for Garden Lovers

New Zealand’s variety of habitat has created a huge range of flora, including the national emblem that inspires us the silver fern.

The Department of Conservation suggests there are 200 species of fern in New Zealand.


Some of the superb public gardens that are open to the public date back to colonial days, featuring European plants brought by the first settlers.  Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens, New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park, Dunedin’s Edwardian Winter Gardens and Auckland’s Parnell Rose Garden being obvious examples.

It’s a wonderful country to visit if you have an interest in gardening and gardens, and there are some wonderful places to visit right from the North of the country, up in the Bay of Islands, down to the southernmost point of the South Island.

One of our favourite ways to explores New Zealand’s fascinating flora and fauna, and ensuring access to some gardens that are usually private, are by joining a small tour and journeying by coach, through some of New Zealand’s most iconic scenery, stopping en route to visit some the country’s most beautiful natural and landscaped gardens.

We are able to arrange a tour of some of the country’s most prestigious private gardens, such as Ayrlies Country Garden, the unique Paloma Gardens near Wellington and the Gwavas Woodland Gardens in Napier. Your visits to these horticultural masterpieces will be punctuated by several memorable sightseeing excursions, including: a visit to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, featuring the Pohutu Geyser; a traverse of the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine train; and a scenic cruise of Doubtful Sound.
Silver Fern can tailor any holiday to suit your needs exactly, so contact us to find out more about how we can help you to discover New Zealand best public and private gardens in style.

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