Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical gardener, passionate about communicating her love of gardening to others. She is an award winning garden journalist, writing regularly for Gardening Australia magazine and other gardening publications. She co-presents the multi-award winning ‘All The Dirt’ www.allthedirt.com.au , Australia’s most popular gardening podcast. Deryn has edited garden books and worked as a garden TV presenter and is a regular presenter on ABC garden radio and a vivacious and popular speaker at festivals and garden clubs. She volunteered for six years with Open Gardens Australia and opened her own beautiful, cottage style garden to the public. She is an Honourary Life Member of the Horticultural Media Association Australia (HMAA) and the Nursery and Garden Industry WA. Deryn loves showing people the world, worked as a European tour guide in the 1980s and has led garden tours in Australia and overseas since the 1990s.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Saturday 19 November, 2022 Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch we travel into the centre of the city damaged by the 2011 earthquake. We will drive by the city landmarks to see the rebuilding the city has undergone. We continue to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with time to explore these beautiful and tranquil gardens. In the evening we will enjoy a dinner to formally meet Deryn Thorpe and other tour members.
Day 2 Sunday 20 November, 2022 Christchurch
This morning we visit Ohinetahi a gorgeous formal garden with a wonderful layout and interesting planting. A series of small, but perfectly proportioned garden rooms give a strong sense of structure and protect the garden from the sea breezes. Deryn will make sure that we get the most out of the garden. In the afternoon we visit Broadfield Estate set on three and a half hectares featuring many natives also New Zealand raised varieties of Azalea, Rhododendron and Camelias.
Day 3 Monday 21 November, 2022 Christchurch
Today we travel to the pretty village of Akaroa, originally founded by the French. It’s a delightful town still retaining the French ambience. We visit Coombe Farm, a working eight hundred and fifty sheep farm in the Takamatua valley. The garden is in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills strewn with native trees, creeks and a waterfall. At Potter’s Croft we explore 1.2 hectares of gorgeous private country garden next to a gently flowing stream. There are roses everywhere, mixed with lush lawns, trees, wisteria and scented white Azores jasmine. Tour members wishing to dine with the group please meet the tour manager in the lobby this evening.
Day 4 Tuesday 22 November, 2022 Christchurch
We travel north first to visit Amberley House, established in 1876. An extensive pond network is surrounded by 2,500 specimen trees many over 100 years old. We continue our journey to Flaxmere gardens, where we will see seven acres of boldly designed garden with alpine views all around. The planting are designed to enhance the views and the hard surfaces reflect a country atmosphere.
Day 5 Wednesday 23 November, 2022 Omarama
We journey to Lake Tekapo situated on the lake of the same name with gorgeous mountains in the distance. On the journey we visit Trotts Garden. The woodland garden was developed around gently curving paths, the water garden was added and finally the English inspired formal gardens. Our final destination is Omarma for an overnight stay.
Day 6 Thursday 24 November, 2022 Queenstown
Today we travel to Queenstown, the magnificent holiday capital of New Zealand. Sitting on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by towering mountains, its scenery is among the most spectacular in the world. We will stop to visit Da’Vella Gore’s two acres of English garden scented by lavender, roses and honey suckle before we arrive in Queenstown.
Day 7 Friday 25 November, 2022 Queenstown
Today we visit Chantecler, a 40 acre property with 12 acres of themed garden styles and plants from around the world. We drive to Arrowtown, a spectacular gold town dating from the 1860s. We will have time to explore its historic main street, before travelling to the Gibbston Wine Region for a tasting of its world famous pinot noir wine.
Day 8 Saturday 26 November, 2022 Queenstown
We will enjoy some of the best tourist activities today. We will take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for a magnificent view before sailing on a restored steamship around the Lake. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Tour members wishing to dine with the group please meet the tour manager in the lobby this evening.
Day 9 Sunday 27 November, 2022 Queenstown
This morning we visit A Wild Dream. This garden features three thousand roses and a thousand lilies. The scent of these flowers will follow us around the garden as we examine sculptures showing different yoga positions scattered around. In the afternoon we visit Birchwood Garden set against magnificent mountains. The garden was designed by Paul Bangay and features a green, white and mauve colour pallet. Bangay developed a series of rooms each with their own character.
Day 10 Monday 28 November, 2022 Dunedin
Today we travel to the city of Dunedin. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the Edinburgh of the South, it features beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for individual exploration.
Day 11 Tuesday 29 November, 2022 Dunedin
We’ll visit the Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, situated in a fertile coastal valley above the harbour. Originally developed by Philip Brady in 1917, it has a collection of superb European trees from 1872, under planted with azaleas and rhododendrons. Fuchsias and native ferns grow luxuriantly beside Russell Creek. Returning to Dunedin, we visit the historic, Jacobean style Olveston House, containing a treasure trove of art and antiques, set in nearly half a hectare of garden. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Deryn and group members.
Day 12 Wednesday, 30 November, 2022 Departure
This morning we transfer to the airport for flights back to Australia.
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You can stay longer in New Zealand for minimal cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd, License number 30858 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $500 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 45 days prior to the commencement of the tour A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable. Deposits will not be refunded. Full payment will be refunded up to 46 days before departure.
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Passengers qualify for 23 kgs of baggage on flights to join or return from the new Zealand tour The coach can only accommodate 1 piece of luggage per person.
Minimum Tour Numbers:
The fly/tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 45 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”