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Cruising Milford Sound
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Staying at Larnach Castle
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Visiting the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Visiting the formal gardens at Ohinetahi
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Admiring Trotts Garden’s woodland area and massive perennial border

Gardens of New Zealand

At the very moment you touch down in Auckland, New Zealand you will realise that you have reached an amazing place where stewardship of the land is unparalleled. Join Jeff de Jong to discover a well-curated selection of New Zealand`s private and public gardens as well as some of the most spectacular sights and sceneries of the country. A botanical bucket list destination!

After a brief look at Auckland on the tropical North Island, we fly to Christchurch to concentrate our time on the South Island visiting gardens at their peak in the early summer season. We’ll be visiting the Christchurch Botanic Garden, one of the top five gardens in the world, as well as a selection of special access private gardens. New Zealanders are not afraid of color and often have a sense of whimsy here and there. There are so many useful tips for us all to take home.

A highlight of our trip will be our stay at Larnach Castle with breathtaking views in every direction. The grounds are exceptional - a perfect way to start the day is a stroll along the herbaceous borders before breakfast. In the west of the country we`ll enjoy the spectacular fiords, snow-capped mountains, and ancient plant species.

You won’t want to miss a moment of the spectacular terrain; the convenience of a comfortable coach and professional driver ensures great viewing. And our knowledgeable local guides will make you aware of every nuance of the gardens and scenery.

Jeff will complement busy days of touring with presentations and informal talks on the gardens and plants we’ll encounter. Jeff has a passion for photography and will share how to capture the best image without the cost of expensive equipment. Whether you’re a nature lover, a food and wine lover, a gardener, or crave to be surrounded spectacular scenery, this is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

– Jeff de Jong
Cultural Explorations

New Zealand | 13 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
Jan 12 - Feb 24, 2020
Cost:
C$6995
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; internal flight: Auckland to Christchurch; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; taxes; presentations by Jeff de Jong; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest travel manager.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
Day 2: Beverley McConnell’s 12-acre country garden Ayrlies, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens
Day 3: Fly to Christchurch, spend the day at Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Day 4: Akaunui Historic House and Gardens, Trotts Garden
Day 5: Ohinetahi, the private garden of the architect Sir Miles Warren
Day 6: Take the ‘Inland Scenic Route’ to the Southern Alps
Day 7: Otago Peninsula's Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin’s Chinese Gardens, arrive at Larnach Castle
Day 8: Relax and explore the gardens surrounding your castle-home
Day 9: Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony, Royal Albatross Colony
Day 10: Cross the southern South Island to Fiordland
Day 11: Milford Sound excursion
Day 12: Queenstown's Blair Garden, 12-acre Chantecler Garden, farewell dinner
Day 13: Depart Queenstown
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Your Tour Leader

Jeff de Jong is a horticulturalist, garden writer, and photographer based in Victoria, BC. He is the host of Gardening 101, a weekly radio show on CFAX 1070.

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Cultural Explorations

New Zealand | 13 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
Jan 12 - Feb 24, 2020
Cost:
C$6995
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; internal flight: Auckland to Christchurch; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; taxes; presentations by Jeff de Jong; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest travel manager.

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