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Rapaura Springs Marlborough Garden Festival

6 Days

$2,999 pp
4 Seats Left!

Rapaura Springs Marlborough Garden Festival

Departures

  • November 2, 2022
Only 4 Seats Left!

Prices

  • Twin share from Auckland or Tauranga $2999
  • Ex Wellington—$2899 per person twin share

What's included?

  • Return airfares from Auckland Tauranga, Wellington or Christchurch
  • 4 nights at Scenic Marlborough Hotel
  • Dinner each evening (except Day 5)
  • Garden Visits including Morning and afternoon teas and gourmet lunches on Day 2 & 3
  • Local guide for garden visits
  • Visit to the Stihl Shop Garden Fete
  • Lunch & a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at Wither Hills Winery
  • Services of a Tour Manager Auckland back to Auckland
  • FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington or Christchurch areas (25k radius from airport)
Day 1: Home/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 flight to Blenheim. On arrival we are met and taken to our hotel. Join your Tour Manager for dinner tonight at our hotel.

Day 2: Gardens Galore (B L D)

Our first garden is BHUDEVI (Sanskrit for “earth goodness” or “Mother Earth”) and includes stunning formal and native gardens with sheltered and open seating areas for enjoying birdsong, plants and outdoor sculptures. A citrus Garden, bordered by a myrtle hedge, features a pavilion enclosed in wisteria, and a delightful potager produces an abundance of vegetables and flowers. Hortensia House is a romantic garden of massed flowers in hazy pastels and is bisected by the astonishing Spring Creek, its bridge inspired by Claude Monets garden at Giverny adds to the European flavour. FILOLI is a beautiful rambling garden full of old fashioned favourites and treasures not often seen. A gorgeous mirrored pond and walkway areas are set amongst vineyards and is the culmination of 50 years of planning and planting. WESTGROVE was designed by Pat Jones from bare farmland 18 years ago. A mature home garden featuring some stunning cloud pruning that we are sure you are going to enjoy. MOODY BROOK GARDEN is an informal country garden with well established trees and many spring flowering shrubs giving shelter to irises, peonies ad spring bulbs. A large arched metal “folly” is now slowly being covered with climbers. Late afternoon we head back to our hotel. Perhaps a drink in the bar (own expense) to discuss the wonderful start to our Garden Festival before joining our Tour Director for dinner.

Day 3: East Coast & Awatere Valley (B L D)

After breakfast this morning we join our coach and meet our local guide. Our First Garden is WINTERHOME with its 10 acres of formal garden featuring stunning views over the Marlborough Coastline and Pacific Ocean. You will enjoy the exceptional mass planting here. Then its on to BAREWOOD . This iconic garden features wisteria and rambling roses encircling the verandas of a century –old cottage. A classic potager with brick paths is framed by box and lavender and dividing beds, with old fashioned apples and pears espaliered on iron arches. Plant connoisseurs will be inspired. PARIPUMA has been creating a habitat for wildlife rather than a manicured garden. With a vista across to Cloudy Bay, the formally planted, native garden received a 2020 National award as an “outstanding habitat for butterflies and a Marlborough environment Landscape award winner. We then head to the last garden of the day HA HE NACA which lies nestled amongst the grapes of the Awatere Valley. Established conifer hedges and an orchard surround this traditional garden filled with roses, hydrangeas, peonies, French lavender, and spectacular weeping elms provide a backdrop to this particularly tranquil garden. Back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Gardens of Marlborough (B D)

After breakfast this morning we enjoy our first garden visit at EVERSLEY which was developed from a tree-planting plan . A formal rose garden is confined by a stone wall. Then THE GARDEN OF Tim and Sally Wadworth who purchased this block of 60 acres with a long-term plan of a busy retirement! The newly completed house has magnificent views with inspiring recent plantings which shows what can be achieved in a short time. The last garden this morning is WILLOWS GREEN with a unique response to a challenging site, this terraced hillside country garden features beautiful blooms, a pergola-covered “lane of roses”, a summerhouse and paths through woodland filled with camellias and hydrangeas. We take a break for lunch (own expense) before rejoining our coach for a visit to THE GARDEN OF Neil and Juliet Mackinnon which is a large town garden featuring extensive lawn and established trees that create a canopy for rhododendrons, camelias, hostas and recently planted hydrangeas. Then its off to the GARDEN OF Chris Fletcher which is an urban courtyard garden overlooking the Taylor River Reserve and features topiary, hedging, maples and a small woodland area. 21 years ago, MORITAKI, at the foot of the Wither Hills, was a bare clay farmland. Now it’s a tranquil and inspiring green oasis with solely New Zealand native plants, full of birdlife and a unique water feature by a Japanese landscape designer. The last garden of our tour is THE GARDEN OF Geoff and Robin Robinson. A much admired small town garden and boasting a life-sized statue, “The Family” by Alan Coleman, and a fountain water feature.

Day 5: Garden Fete/Wither Hills (B L)

This morning we visit one of Marlborough’s argest free community events, the STIHL shop Garden Fete which concludes Bloom in the Boom weekend and brings together a fabulous collection of plants people, artisan vendors and garden product stalls. 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! Dinner tonight is on own arrangements. So many places to choose from close to the hotel.

Day 6: Homeward Bound (B)

We enjoy a nice breakfast this morning and depending on flight times we can enjoy the shops before being transferred to the airport.