TARANAKI GARDEN FESTIVAL - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

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Small group tour with a maximum of 10 passengers

31 October to 7 November – 8 days

Single  $4,769 per person

Twin $3,769 per person

The first five bookings get a free upgrade to a “Best Room” at the Henley Hotel in Cambridge


7 nights accommodation (4 and 5 star)

Breakfast Daily

Dinner Daily

4 Lunches

Luxury minibus transportation ex New Plymouth to Auckland  (Airfare to New Plymouth additional)

Tawhiti Museum Entry

Garden Entry (as per itinerary)

Waitomo Caves and Ruakuri Caves Entry and Guided Tour

Hobbiton Entry and Guided Tour


Sunday 31 October

On arrival in New Plymouth you will be met and transferred to our hotel.  Five nights King and Queen Hotel Suites (Premium Suite), located in the Arts and Cultural hub of New Plymouth, adjacent to the new Len Lye Gallery.  The rest of the day is at leisure.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at The Orangey Restaurant (D)


Monday 1 November

This morning we make our way to Hawera and our first visit is to the Tawhiti Museum’s Whalers and Traders exhibition, New Zealand’s most innovative historical presentation.  Two years in the planning and over two years of building, this attraction set out to challenge its guests with a stunningly creative and hauntingly real environment as the basis for a study of the Taranaki coast in the 1820-1840 period.  Illuminated only by the twinkling of lanterns and candles, guests drift in boats through this eerie world, where distant birds call and water drips from mossy banks as burly sailors barter with local Maori for pork, potatoes and flax in return for European goods – especially that most sought after item – the flintlock musket.  Of course during our visit we are bound to visit Mr Badger’s Café for coffee.  After our visit to Tawhiti Museum we then make our way to King Edward Park, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust and recognised as a nationally significant garden.  The ancestry of the park est. 1902 is seen in its charmingly formal design. The lofty close clipped hedges give shelter to abundant azalea and rhododendron collections. This garden has rose beds of both heritage and modern varieties, historic aged trees and a century old model boating pond. The bronze statue of Wendy, is the companion piece to the Peter Pan in London’s Kensington gardens. The 150-year-old cannon has been a favourite toy for children, along with a pirate ship and fort.  For lunch enjoy a 1 course meal at Upside Down Eatery.  After lunch we visit Tairoa Lodge, awarded 4 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.  History and beauty combine to create the ever-graceful Tairoa Lodge. Surrounded by sweeping lawns, towering kauri and pohutukawa, it was featured in NZ House & Garden during May 2020.  Enjoy a guided tour of the house and garden along with a champagne cocktail.  Our last visit of the day will be Puketarata Garden.  Puketarata Garden has been awarded 6 stars (the highest star) by the New Zealand Garden Trust and is regarded as a Garden of International Significance by the Trust.  Puketarata’s garden planting is a mix of natives, rhododendrons, roses with the usual plus some unusual garden shrubs and perennials.  An emphasis on greens and texture rather than all round colour.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Salt Restaurant.  (B,L,D)


Tuesday 2 November

Our day starts with a visit to Pukekura Park, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Pukekura is a nationally significant park with a large exotic specimen tree collection inter planted within a margin of luxuriant native bush. The park has been continuously developed since its inception in 1876. Its north south linear shape follows a natural stream valley where a series of artificial lakes have been created by damming the flow at various points. Several streams flow through Pukekura originating from a well-defined watershed catchment outside the park boundary.  A native orchid and fern collection housed in a partially sunken conservatory and display house is of outstanding interest. An impressive outdoor sound stage and grassed amphitheatre provides a venue for summer time concerts.  Above is Brooklands where sweeping lawns, magnificent old trees and flower filled borders delight the visitor.  Of course during our visit we are bound to visit the Teahouse on the Lake for coffee.  Our next stop is Te Kainga Marire, awarded 6 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.  This town garden is a showcase for New Zealand native plants and could be described as the epitome of the New Zealand garden. It contains a wide selection of plants arranged in a convincing fashion to reflect the natural environment. A naturalistic pool and rock garden are used to display plants requiring specific conditions while the roof of a sunken fern house is used to show off the distinctive foliage of the native begonia Elatostema rugosa. Surprisingly, exotic plants are introduced, with an old specimen of Rosa ‘Souvenir de Madame Léonie Viennot’ trained against the house and rhododendrons around the back. There is also a productive organic vegetable garden. Te Kainga Marire has a point of difference that lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand. The garden is backed by a bush reserve on one side and a bustling mountain stream on another.  Enjoy lunch at Te Kainga.  Our final visit for the day is to Tūpare, awarded 6 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust, where we will enjoy a guided walk.  Tūpare is an Arts and Crafts-inspired property established in 1932 by the Matthews family. Sculpted into a hillside above the Waiwhakaiho River, it features a Chapman-Taylor house set in the grounds with secluded garden rooms, elegant borders and majestic trees. Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Table Restaurant.  (B,L,D)


Wednesday 3 November

This morning is free to have a look around the town and shops plus you may like to check out the Len Lye Centre, part of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (open from 10 am – cost $15 or 65+ $10 per person). An international destination for experimental film and kinetic art the contemporary museum houses the archive collection of Len Lye a pioneer filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet. Potentially one of the most photographed buildings in NZ, with the reflective curved steel exterior.

This afternoon for lunch enjoy a shared Antipasto platter at Area 41 Restaurant before heading to Pukeiti Gardens, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust and enjoy a guided tour of the garden. Over seven decades Pukeiti has built up one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons and other exotics, their rich colours bursting into life against a backdrop of lush native rainforest.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Shining Peak Brewery and Eatery (B,L,D)


Thursday 4 November

This morning we head out of New Plymouth with our first stop a coffee stop in Hawera.  We then carry onto Oakley Garden, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Carefully planned and fully planted garden rooms are linked with hedge-lined paths. Features include specially built brick walls and pillars, exuberant cottage-style borders, early flowering roses, a vegetable potager and many exceptional hanging baskets. This excellent garden has developed a certain style reflecting the owner's formal training in horticulture and landscape design. We then carry onto Sanderson Garden, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. The lush sanctuary of nikau palms, colourful perennials, camellias, and native grasses give way to spectacular views of Mt Taranaki.  Expansive lawns and established garden beds are set amongst sheltering maples, a weeping elm, and a towering walnut tree. Cherry trees, portuguese laurels and roses flourish. Many sculptures and ornaments feature throughout, including two “lady sphinxes” who welcome visitors to the garden.  Enjoy a lunch break in Opunake before visiting Boxwood Garden, awarded 4 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. This is a garden that will tick all the boxes. As you journey through the many garden rooms you will be in a plant lovers’ and garden design haven; you will also enjoy the connection between the house and garden. Boxwood was the feature garden in the NZ Gardener magazine’s 75th anniversary issue and appeared in NZ House & Garden magazine.  Our final garden of the day is Openlands, awarded 4 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Nearly 60 years ago, Openlands consisted of a homestead and two trees. Now it is a well-established country garden perfect for weddings and events with an historic church on site.  With Taranaki Maunga as a dramatic backdrop, this garden provides a magical setting for special moments and garden outings. Sweeping lawns, mature trees, perennial borders with camellias, rhododendrons and roses, a shade house, native dell, and natural stream all create a garden of surprises and tranquillity. This garden featured in NZ Gardener April 2019.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Social Kitchen. (B,D)


Friday 5 November

This morning we say goodbye to New Plymouth and make our way to Cambridge. Our first stop of the day is at Cairnhill Garden, awarded 5 stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.  Located on the Forgotten Highway this vibrant, colourful garden is framed by a canopy of deciduous trees. Rhododendrons and viburnums flower in profusion. Collections of hostas and heuchera interplay in the filtered light areas giving a sense of peace and timelessness. Roses and trellised clematis add excitement.  A range of different edging plants give definition to borders, many of which are filled with amazing iris varieties, peonies and special plantings. We will then carry onto the Whangamomona Hotel for lunch.  We then carry onto Taumarunui and then onto Cambridge.  Two nights Henley Hotel (Better or Best Rooms). Please note: Only 1 Best Room has Twin Beds.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at the Henley Hotel. (B,D)


Saturday 6 November

Today we make our way to Waitomo and discover the two best glowworm caves in New Zealand on this truly unforgettable experience.   Firstly we discover the wonder of Ruakuri Cave. Ruakuri Cave is an experience that must be seen to be believed. Offering a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences (including glowworms), it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. Begin the tour by journeying down through the spectacular, man-made spiral entrance, marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries while listening to the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls.  After lunch we will then take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history. Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at the Henley Hotel (B,D)


Sunday 7 November

This morning we depart out hotel and make our way to way to the enchanting village of Hobbiton.  Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance.  Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.  We then head into Cambridge for a shared antipasto platter at Alpino Restaurant.  We’ll then check out the town of Cambridge before heading back to Auckland.  (B,L)


Prices are based on payment by cash, cheque or direct deposit.  A surcharge of 2% applies for payment by Visa or Mastercard.  If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender.  If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due at time of booking.  Non-refundable balance is due 17 September.  Minimum group size is 6 passengers.  If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given. 

Please note:  a reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.





More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

31 October 2021 - 07 November 2021

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Sale Ends

30 September 2021

Free Space

2 spaces available

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