Gunyah Country Estate

With a grand view of Mt Hutt, this is a garden for all seasons, best seen in spring for azaleas and rhododendrons in flower, or autumn for foliage colour. Meals/boutique accommodation are available.


The garden has several original native trees including one of the southernmost kauris, many rare native bellbirds, & the original large fruit orchard. The azaleas and rhododendrons are original to the house, brought to New Zealand by Thomas Potts himself. There are a number of structures: a gazebo, a folly, a rotunda and also a pond under construction.

We are at the feet of Mt Hutt and have a grand view. The Lodge is set in 25 acres of grounds, mature trees, new plantings and farmland.

It was established 1912 by Millicent Hall, daughter of TH Potts, one of New Zealand'se most renowned early botanists & conservationists, & her children.

The chicken run features Pekinese bantams, Araucanas, Barnevelders, Shavers and a Peahen.

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Physical address

Gunyah Country Estate, Sleemans Road, Methven, Methven, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
40 minutes to Christchurch airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
50 minutes to Central Christchruch for buses or trains
Proximity to town:
nearest 25km

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