Hidden amongst towering snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers and beautiful towns of New Zealand, you will find the most picture-perfect gardens, castles and historic homes. With over 100 quality gardens recognised throughout the country, the opportunity to marvel at native flora and glorious grounds is endless.
Discover our collection of unique self-drive holiday packages that showcase NZ’s hidden gems.
Many cities and towns in New Zealand offer tours of botanic gardens and private gardens alike, with the gardeners sharing their love of what they grow and their tips and tricks on how they grow it. There are 17 world-standard Gardens of International Significance throughout the country and this is your chance to view some of the best! Discover our pick of unique holiday packages below or find all six itineraries here.
A Trio of Gardens | 5 nights from $1,185*pp
Discover a trio of gardens on this holiday package from Auckland to Rotorua. Visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens and marvel at the spectacular South Pacific botanic garden packed with unique and distinct species. Then travel to Hamilton for a guided tour of the magical Hamilton Gardens all before you make your way to Rotorua, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the mystical lush pastures of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Finish your trip on a high with entry to Rotorua Redwoods Treewalk.
Gardens of North Island | 7 nights from $1,392*pp
The ultimate holiday package spanning across Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Ohakune and New Plymouth. You'll start your journey in Auckland and check into the Hotel Grand Chancellor, positioned right next to Auckland's famous Viaduct Harbour. Then begin your scenic drive to Hamilton and enjoy a guided tour of Hamilton Gardens. You'll visit Te Kainga Marire in New Plymouth - one of only six world standard Gardens of International Significance in New Zealand - and top it all off with a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and a wander through the magical 75-metre-tall redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest.
Gardens, Parks & Rail | 9 nights from $2,359*pp
Begin your journey in Christchurch embarking on tours of the formal garden of Ōhinetahi, the exceptionally designed Broadfield Landscape Garden, the peaceful surroundings of Mona Vale Gardens and the iconic Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Heading north to Hamner Springs, the North Vanterbury region and Nelson will take you past the perfect blend of scenic coastline, mountains and valleys. You'll visit the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park all before you embrace the romance of rail on your TranzAlpine Train journey back to Christchurch.
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