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Gardens of Taranaki Escorted Group (New Zealand) October 2017

Gardens of Taranaki Escorted Group (New Zealand) October 2017

26 October - 2 November 2017

$2649 Per Person Twin Share, $741 Single Supplement

In Conjunction with Helloworld Katoomba

Day 1 Friday 27 October 2017 (D) Depart Brisbane - Arrive Auckland                                                    

Depart                  BRISBANE           
Arrive                    AUCKLAND

Dinner tonight at your hotel.

Overnight: Hamilton – Kingsgate Hotel                               

Day 2 Saturday 28 October 2017 (B, D) Half Day Tour/New Plymouth                                                                  

Breakast at your hotel.  Today you will have a half day guided tour at Hamilton Gardens, followed by lunch at the gardens (at own expense)

Enjoy a special New Zealand treat at Mokau, before a visit to the beautiful Wind Song Garden.

Overnight: New Plymouth International Hotel 

Day 3 Sunday 29 October 2017 (B) Bell Block/Lepperton/Te Kainga Marire                                                         

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today we begin with a visit to Bell Block to see Alan Inch’s garden. Then we travel through to Lepperton to visit the George garden, followed by lunch relaxing at Fringe Festival Chairman John Lucas’s garden “Villa Heights”.

This afternoon visit Te Kainga Marire. A Garden of International significance, featured in the BBC’s 2008 production “around the world in 80 gardens”.

Time permitting you may have the chance to check out the shopping opportunities in New Plymouth or stroll through Pukukura Park. Dinner this evening is at your own arrangement.

Overnight: New Plymouth International Hotel 

Day 4 Monday 30 October 2017 (B, L) Stone Zone/Walnut Cottage/The Croft/ Becklands Garden/Len Lye Centre

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today we travel a scenic country lane to visit Stone Zone, we continue onwards to the Walnut Cottage and pop next door to The Croft where you can wander around & enjoy this large country garden established around a river.  

Julie (the owner) will serve a BBQ lunch for you.

We will travel back to Inglewood to visit the Becklands garden before a tour of the Len Lye Centre.

Overnight: New Plymouth International Hotel 

Day 5 Tuesday 31 October 2017 (B, D) Tupare Garden/Regan House/Mt Taranaki

Breakfast at your hotel. We will start the morning with two town house gardens Honeyfields and Bush View before going to visit Tupare Garden (Main Taranaki public garden) which includes a guided tour of Chapman Taylor house.

From here we will travel down to Stratford where we will have Lunch at Regan House Garden.

In the afternoon you will visit Regan House and Mosen’s Garden and relax with coffee/cake while you unwind and enjoy the serenity at the Orton’s garden before driving up Mt Taranaki to enjoy the panoramic view of the province.

This evening enjoy a highlight dinner at Taranaki Mountain Lodge including a special New Zealand entertainment experience

Overnight: New Plymouth International Hotel 

Day 6 Wednesday 1 November 2017 (B, D) Pukeiti/Crafty Fox

Breakfast at your hotel.  We have a late departure this morning of 9:15am, please be waiting in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to the departure.

Our first stop this morning is at Pukeiti with its internationally recognised rhododendron collection.

Reservations have been made for Lunch at Founders Café at Pukeiti at your own cost

Then onto see local artist Margaret Scott’s paintings and her village garden followed by a stroll around Crafty Fox, a unique historical church setting selling unique NZ & Taranaki art & crafts. 

We then head to Gill Gibbons garden who is new to the festival with a youthful garden, Visit Alley Cat pottery studio and wander around the organic garden that Suzanne has created.

Overnight: Quality Hotel New Plymouth International

Day 7 Thursday 2 November 2017 Depart Auckland/Arrive Brisbane

07:00 am             Depart:                 Hotel
10.00 am             Brunch                  Pirongia (a few cafes to choose from)
1:30 pm                Arrive:                  Auckland International Airport
3:35 pm                Depart:                Auckland
4:15 pm                Arrive:                  Brisbane International Airport

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