Day 1: Auckland/Blenheim (D)
We are picked up from our home anywhere in the greater Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga or Christchurch areas and taken to the airport to join our short flight to Blenheim. On arrival we meet our coach and visit Garden Marlborough HQ. Here in the themed registration area we will collect our keepsake Garden Marlborough bag and goodies inside it. Time to enjoy some lunch before rejoining our coach and travelling along Spring Creek. Carrying some of the world’s purest water as it makes its way through many gardens on this tour. We visit Westgrove. Formerly part of Pat and her late husband Peter’s mixed cropping farm, these days this garden is surrounded by vineyards. With its formal courtyard, several water features and stunning views in all direction is the perfect garden to start our tour.
Our next stop is Figtree Gardens: On entering the driveway you will notice a spring-fed creek, beyond it the entrance to a hornbeam-hedged garden that features roses and flowering plants for year round color framed by Walnut and Hazelnut Trees. Elsewhere you will find citrus trees , berry and vege patches. At the rear of the property there is a large and productive fig orchard. We head back to Blenheim to check in and enjoy dinner at our Hotel. (Chateau Marlborough) .
Day 2: Gardens Galore (B- MT-L-AT-D)
After breakfast this morning we wend our way across the plains of Marlborough, showcasing diverse garden themes in beautifully manicured and well-tended gardens, many of them bordered by vineyards producing well-know Marlborough wines. Morning and afternoon teas are provided by the garden owners. Lunch is a gourmet picnic in a splendid garden setting! Gardens visited today include:
Hortensia house: Hortensia is the French name for hydrangea and the garden features approx. 150 varieties. A beautiful romantic flower garden with masses of colour-coordinated flowers match the trim of this Victorian style house. A bridge inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny adds to the European flavour.
Bhudevi is a vast property with an organic Sauvignon blanc vineyard and 1.5 hectares of formal and native gardens along a wide spring-fed creek. There is an outdoor Sculpture garden, a secluded rock and fern garden and an elevated garden. The native garden has many sheltered and open seating areas for enjoying the birdsong or you might prefer to sit in the pavilion enclosed in Wisteria.
Filoli, a beautiful extensive rambling garden full of old fashioned favourites and treasures not often seen.
Welton House dates back to the late 1800’s and has a framework of mature exotic and native trees.
With the clean lines of modern hard landscaping embellished with whimsical pieces of Garden art, this garden is a must for plant aficionados. Our last garden of the day is Woodend Gardens which were developed from bare paddocks. The gardens feature a number of different areas with unique elements including the wedding avenue. Forty metre high gum trees planted a century ago stand proud in one corner of the property. Truly a beautiful sight to see. We join our Escort for dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Gardens & Views (B-MT-L-AT-D)
Today our garden visits feature a selection of large gardens, diverse in climate and scattered amidst the background of spectacular scenery, from the rolling Pacific to the rugged Kaikoura Ranges. We enjoy a gorgeous lunch at the Store at Kekerengu. Our first garden of the day is Barewood recognized as “Garden of National Significance” A classic Potager with brick paths framed by box and lavender dividing beds of fruit, vegetables and flowers. The garden was planted to complement the century-old homestead with rambling roses encircling the verandah.
Then we head to Winterhome, another Garden of National Significance. Featuring mass plantings, an Avocado Grove and sensational Pacific Ocean Views.
Paripuma is 5 hectares of an increasingly diverse range of plants and a vista across Cloudy Bay to Port Underwood. Several thousand ngaios create shelter for more interesting native species.
Our final garden of the day is Ha He Naca nestled amongst the grapes of the Awatere Valley. This is a traditional garden filled with iceberg roses, hydrangeas, peonies, French Lavender and camellias. A spectacular weeping elm provides the backdrop to this tranquil garden. A lovely way to finish the day.
Day 4: Urban Garden/Garden Fete (BD)
This morning we enjoy 4 town gardens brimming with a profusion of luscious foliage and a myriad of spring flowers.
We will enjoy morning tea at one of the gardens. We finish back at the Square at lunch time. Time to enjoy lunch (own expense) before enjoying the Stihl Shop Garden Fete. Each year the Garden Marlborough Fete offers a wonderful display of local and national plantspeople, craftspeople, artists and garden products. Time for a glass of Pimm’s perhaps and enjoy some of the live entertainers. We return to our hotel late afternoon. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Wither Hills/Homeward bound (BL)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on our last morning on tour in this delightful area of the world. We have some time to enjoy our local area and perhaps enjoy the shops .
Then its off to one of our renowned wineries—Wither Hills, where we enjoy a farewell lunch along with a glass of their famous Sauvignon blanc. What a perfect way to finish the tour. Cheers!!! Our coach then takes us to the airport where we join our flight home again.
LOOK WHATS INCLUDED!!!
B = Cooked Breakfast
MT = Morning Tea
AT= Afternoon tea
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT:
We have a limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of $340.00
Travelling alone? If you book on a twin share basis and we are unable to match you with another person of the same gender WE will pay the single supplement.
A deposit of $500 per person is payable to hold a seat on the tour with the balance payable no later than 30 September 2020.
Previous travellers receive a $50 discount off the brochure price (not combinable with any other offers)
Deposit: Fully refundable up to 29 September 2020
30 Sept—05 October 2020: 70% of tour cost
06 Oct—04 Nov 2020: 100% of tour cost.
We strongly suggest you take out domestic cancellation insurance to cover for cancellation due to illness etc. Please phone us for further details.
This tour requires a moderate level of fitness. You need to be able to walk around gardens unaided. Some areas can be uneven and we suggest comfortable walking shoes.
Please be advised that the gardens mentioned on the itinerary are subject to change as 2020 gardens have not been finalised.
We may also change the order of the garden visits dependent on timings and weather conditions.
Please note that if the tour is cancelled due to any Government regulation
we will refund all monies received back from our suppliers so you can book with confidence.
Tour is subject to normal booking conditions of Supreme Tours & Travel Ltd
Terri started her career in travel after leaving school and opened up Supreme.
Tours and Travel in 1994. She is passionate about providing personal service to her clients and offering travel advise so you get the most from your holiday. Terri has travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific and is always happy to share her experience in these areas.
Vikki has enjoyed working within the Travel Industry for many years.
She brings a wealth of experience having travelled throughout Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and of course our own Godzone – New Zealand.
Vikki Escorts a lot of the tours and makes sure all her passengers enjoy a memorable tour with lots of fun and surprises throughout. You are never bored when you travel with Vikki.
Maggie is an experienced tour guide having spent seven years guiding throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Egypt and Morocco when she was ‘younger’! Maggie then came back to NZ and has worked in the travel industry here for over 25 years and has escorted numerous travel agent and media trips to places such as China, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Norfolk Island, India, Ireland and the UK, USA and Asia (to name just a few ) in her roles within the travel Industry. She was the Manager of the British Tourist Authority in Auckland for nine years and then with worked with Marriott International Hotels for a further nine years. Maggie loves travel, and loves to show people wonderful places. She has a great sense of humour and likes to ensure that people not only experience all the wonderful sights, but that they have a fun time as well.
I am Benson and take my job as Head of Security very seriously. My mum was a maltese terrier and my dad a good looking toy poodle. I can be bribed with biscuits or my favourite “smackos” treats.
I love spending time in the office with my Mum and Aunty Vikki.
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