Gardens bursting with life and Otago colour

The Otago region is home to some of New Zealand's best gardens, all set amongst towering mountainscapes, golden hills and azure lakes.

Stroll emerald lawns and curving pathways as you discover the colourful secrets and special collections of Otago's best gardens. The region has a dry climate with extended sunshine hours, wide open spaces and clean air. Both the high country and the lowlands facilitate productive farming, fruit orchards and renowned vineyards. Otago is full of surprises and exploring the scenic towns and countryside from Queenstown across to Christchurch is a truly unforgettable experience. For a true insight, visit local kiwis who are passionate about gardening and proud to share their wonderful creations and warm hospitality.

Here are some of our favourites, several of which are 'gardens of national significance'.

The Blair Garden - Queenstown

This carefully considered garden is set amongst stunning scenery with grand views of the surrounding mountains. Jane Blair's garden is a creation 34 years in the making and her passion is clearly visible in the beautiful and immaculately maintained grounds. The old character cottage and stone shed are original pioneer constructions and vibrant colours abound from mature roses, bulbs and a great selection of shrubs and trees - don't miss her topiary apple trees, trained into swirls! Situated close to the beautiful Lake Hayes and listed as a Garden of National Significance, this garden is not to be missed.

Chantecler Garden – Queenstown

This fabulous 8 acre garden is the magnificent work of Mike Henry and is an absolute Otago must-see. Themed plantings borrow inspiration from French, English and Asian styles, among others, and Mike's vision has come to fruition with spectacular effect. The fantastic gardens and woodlands are framed by views of the Remarkables mountain range and the landscape is punctuated by water features, bridges and sculptures. The garden is a riot of colour with snowdrops, bluebells, tulips and daffodils resplendent in mass plantings. Herbaceous peonies thrive here and delight the eye in vast drifts of colour. Gaze across a field of 2000 lavenders and admire majestic rhododendrons, hundreds of azaleas, camellias, magnolias and a myriad of ornamental and specimen trees. A real treat all year round.

Falconer Garden - Clachanburn Station, Patearoa

A superb country garden oozing character and charm, this large, rambling garden is a labour of love for Jane Falconer. The garden is ablaze with colour throughout the seasons - from the bright hues of autumn to the stunning roses and perennials of summer. Mature trees and schist garden walls add form and permanence to the garden and a natural stream flows into two tranquil duck ponds. This address is also listed as a Garden of National Significance.

A small group tour with MoaTrek is the best way to explore the hidden magic of Otago's best gardens. We take every initiative to make your experience comfortable, convenient and unforgettable. For more information on our all inclusive tours, visit our website or contact us directly for personal service.