- What is the difference between the several tours on offer?
- How do I book?
- Where do we meet?
- What do I bring?
- What to expect in a tour?
- What is the fitness level of the activity?
- Can you describe the gardens we visit?
- What will I learn?
- What about the weather?
- Do you accept groups?
- How sustainable is this tourism operation?
- What about COVID-19?
- How to contact you?
What is the difference between the several tours on offer?
All our tours are guided and visit a variety of different gardens, eg: formal, cottage, natural, recent or established. Read here to see what is included in all tours.
How do I book?
- On our online secure facility here
- By phone 021 0279 2481
- By email firstname.lastname@example.org
- At the Wanaka i-Site
If booking by email or phone you will receive confirmation to pay by internet banking:
- Bank account number: 38-9019-0024927-00
- Please add your name and the day of the tour as reference.
Click here for more information and our cancellation policy.
Where do we meet?
We pick you up in front of the Wānaka i-Site in our light blue van.
Because the tour last several hours, make sure you park your car in a suitable carpark.
By arrangement, we can pick you up for free at the Rugby Fields at the bottom of McDougall Street, where you can park for free. You will need to be there 10 minutes prior to published departure times.
We also offer pick up from your accomodation in the Wānaka area for a $10 fee per booking. Call us to arrange and confirm departure time.
What do I bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather, you can leave your stuff in the locked van when we are out in a garden.
We keep extra jumpers, jackets and hats in the van to make sure you are comfortable during the whole experience.
Also bring water and your camera as there are beautiful photo opportunities.
What to expect in a tour?
After a short introduction, the guide drives to the first garden of the tour. We stroll through the garden hearing the stories of the gardeners, looking at plants, trees and flowers.
We then hop back in the van to go to the second garden etc. We stop for a break and refreshments about two thirds of the way through each tour.
We drive back to the Wanaka i-Site or pick up place.
What is the fitness level of the activity?
Low fitness level is suitable: we walk slowly (because we stop all the time to admire and talk about plants!), we do not walk more than 40 minutes at a time.
Gardens may have some uneven terrain, some steps, one stile, but we can go around or offer help to get past.
Wheelchair access is possible by arrangement. These will need to be custom tours. Please check for pricing and availability.
Can you describe the gardens we visit?
All twelve gardens of the tours are in the Upper Clutha area and are not usually open to the public. They are private properties with keen gardeners, and while these gardens are outstanding in their design and plant selection, they are living gardens, not botanical gardens.
Several gardens of the tours have featured in gardeners magazines. There are several charming cottage gardens, others are lifestyle properties with extensive flower borders, trees and veggie patches.
In each tour, we visit an assortment of different garden styles, sure to enrich and inspire.
What will I learn?
We talk about plants, garden design and the cultivation practice of the gardens we visit, with lots of tips and ideas, specially in relevance to our local climate. This is an ever evolving education for gardeners, visitors and tour guides alike!
At the start of the tour, we ask guests if they expect any knowledge from the tour and we will focus on relevant features in the gardens we visit. Examples:
- I want to choose the best tree for my small garden.
- What can I grow to get colours in the shade?
- I am looking for scented shrubs for my hedge.
With each group, we adapt the focus and balance between botanical and common naming or just simply enjoying what we see! We also talk about finding information about plants and gardening.
What about the weather?
Our tours run rain or shine. It can be cold sometimes in the mornings so dress warmly. We provide umbrellas if it rains and keep extra jackets in the van to lend to guests as required. Our van is locked during garden visits if you wish to leave clothing and valuables securely inside the van.
Do you accept groups?
Our tours accept 7 participants maximum, as agreed with the gardeners.
A discount applies when you book 4 seats or more at the time of booking, as follow:
|6 or 7||15%|
Garden clubs, social clubs or retirement village groups are welcome and we can customise each tour to their needs. Contact us to discuss availability and pricing.
How sustainable is this tourism operation?
We are proud to move beyond sustainability. We are regenerative, contributing more to the environment and community than we benefit from.
- We give back to the gardeners of the tours
- The company is carbon neutral
- We invite guests to add a tree to their booking if they wish to contribute to the local community native planting initiative Te Kākano
- We are advocating for regenerative land guardianship
- Read more about our ethics and practice on Our Story page and we are developing further community enhancing initiatives, follow our blog (sign up below) to keep informed.
What about COVID-19?
We are following the tourism industry recommended COVID safety practice. We require our guests to wear a mask in the van but we remove them in the gardens.
The van is disinfected between each tour and hand sanitiser is available for guests in the van.
If you are sick, stay home: we will reimburse immediately.
No vaccine passport required.
I went home bubbling with ideas for my garden!