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Garden Marlborough New Zealand

5 – 13 November 2018


New Zealand’s gardens are amongst the best anywhere on earth. Throw in a warm kiwi welcome and Garden Marlborough, we have the perfect excuse to visit this beautiful region of the south island when the peony and wisteria are just heavenly.
Monday 5 November 2018
Home – Christchurch

Meet Michael McCoy your Ross Tour Leader at Sydney International Airport. Christchurch has emerged revitalized following the earthquake of 2011. It is in the midst of an epic rebuild, the development of new city plans, a bold public art programme, innovative use of space and the locals will be very pleased to see you. Check-in to our hotel for 2 nights.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Akaroa (B/D)

We’re heading to the old French whaling town of Akaroa, nestled in the crater of an ancient volcano. On the way, we’ll visit a garden offering a unique snapshot of the native plants of the Banks Peninsula. At Akaroa, we’ll have fun exploring the charming village, art and craft shops and colonial style architecture. Then you will be inspired and delighted by mosaics in The Giants Garden, Josie Martin’s masterpiece. It’s wonderfully whimsical and it will make you smile. Welcome Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch

Wednesday 7 November 2018
Christchurch – Blenheim (B/L/D)

We’ll take the scenic Kaikoura coast road north today but first a stroll around the gorgeous Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Lunch is included today, then we’ll continue onto Blenheim, on the Wairau Plains in the Marlborough district, our home for the next five nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Thursday 8 November 2018
Garden Marlborough (B/L)

Glorious country gardens are opening their gates today for 2018 Nelmac Garden Marlborough. We will experience a surprising diversity of private gardens. From clean and clipped, to calm and contemplative to traditional and cottagey to free-spirited and creative and all with the same very high standard. There’s something for everyone! Each visit begins with an introduction from the garden owner then Michael takes us exploring, chatting about design thinking and principles, admiring planting schemes, relishing Kiwi hospitality with delicious morning and afternoon teas. Lunch today is in Kekerengu at the very special “Store” with breathtaking views, fresh local produce and a warm Kiwi welcome. Travel back to Blenheim with the evening free.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Friday 9 November 2018
Queen Charlotte Sound (B/L/D)

We’ll head to the waterfront in Picton today to board our Queen Charlotte Sound cruise. Experience the rhythm of life along the coves and hidden bays. Enjoy memorable views of the stunning scenery. Lunch included in Picton today before we return to Blenheim.
Dinner included tonight at a restaurant with a focus on local producers and purveyors – a real taste of Marlborough.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Saturday 10 November 2018
Blenheim (B)

A day of discovering pretty private gardens in Blenheim, open especially for the Nelmac Garden Marlborough festival with morning tea included. The afternoon is free for you to relax or go shopping.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Sunday 11 November 2018
Blenheim (B/D)

Blenheim is action central this morning with their ‘not-to-be-missed’ Stihl Shop Garden Fete held in picturesque Seymour Square. This is the perfect place to find all sorts of garden-related tools, books and treasures with plenty of opportunities to fill the carry-on luggage. Treat yourself to a Pimms in the Blenheim Club.
Hortensia House (French for hydrangea) is a bowerbird garden full of cerulean collections, a bubbling stream, blue ‘Monet’ bridge, blue gates and a romantic mingle of old roses. It’s full of ideas we want to borrow.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Monday 12 November 2018
Blenheim – Christchurch (B/L/D)

Passing through the Wairau Valley we travel through Saint Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park and the Golden Downs Forest to Murchison. Then through the Maruia Forest over the Lewis Pass into Hanmer Springs to enjoy lunch in this lovely alpine village. Continue on through the upper reaches of the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch. Farewell dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Christchurch – Home (B)

This morning visit the Frensham Gardens, one of the finest in Christchurch. Frensham has huge, impossibly green lawns, strong elements of design and a range of enviable plants grown to a state of lusciousness. Afternoon transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your homeward flight.


To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.


Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.

Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.

Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be sent in writing.

Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.

Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions.

  • Return group airfare Sydney / Christchurch / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 8 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners and morning and afternoon teas as per itinerary.
  • Guided tours of Christchurch, Picton and the Marlborough region
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing as per the itinerary including: Frensham Garden, Fishermans Bay Garden, Christchurch Botanic Garden, Linton Giant House & Artists Garden, East Coast Garden tour, Urban Tour, Queen Charlotte Sound Delivery Cruise, Hortensia House, Wither Hill Wines
  • Fully escorted by Michael McCoy
  • Ross Tours travel wallet & bag

Twin Share land only $4,495 per person
Twin Share including air $5,195 per person
(Airfare valid until 1/7/18)
Single Supplement $1,050
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.


Book and pay in full by 7/07/2018 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $100.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

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