Our six hour fully escorted tour takes in two stunning and dramatically diverse "New Zealand Gardens of significance" The first situated at Fisherman's Bay looking out onto the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline sitting high above the Pacific Ocean, the other the delightfully unique, "not to be missed" world class attraction which is the Giant's House in Akaroa.
Historic Akaroa township - a charming French inspired village
Crater Rim views - catch a glimpse of your ship in Akaroa Harbour
Fisherman's Bay Garden - a Botanical masterpiece in the midst of a working farm
The Giants House - a vision for the eyes with flamboyant sculptures and playful mosaic features, all among colourful terraced gardens
Situated as they are, distance apart in different areas of the peninsula, our journey visiting these two gardens and returning you to your Cruise Ship will enable you to view almost every aspect of the Bank Peninsula panorama.
Owners Richard and Jill Simpson have created an amazing botanical masterpiece in the midst of a working farm, which includes 100 hectares of regenerating native bush in two coastal valleys.
Fishermans Bay Garden (a New Zealand Garden of significance) is a tranquil haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline.
Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, form a stunning backdrop to this two hectare garden, which uses the structure and texture of New Zealand native plants, combined with a diverse array of non-native plants to create a truly New Zealand garden.
Winding pathways and a varied landscape have inspired an intriguing garden with many parts, including a traditional flowered border, herb garden, fern garden, a shaded stream side valley and pond and a wild and exposed rock garden.
An extensive variety of locally sourced native plant species offer visitors a unique snapshot of the rich and varied plant life of the Banks Peninsula area.
Jill is also a keen collector of native Hebes, and her garden currently boasts more than 150 species and cultivars.
Even if you have only a passing interest in gardening, we are confident that you will enjoy the amazing and dramatic scenery of this tour and the genuine warmth of the welcome from Jill and Richard Simpson.
Another New Zealand Garden of Significance, but as different to Fisherman's Bay Garden, as chalk is to cheese.
This truly amazing creation reflects the passion of a very talented and flamboyant artist Josie Martin, who claims the two constants in her life to be horticulture and art.
The outstanding world class attraction which she has created, was born of her dream:
"To create a rich and unique, comprehensive art environment for all ages to ponder and celebrate the theatre of life"
Let our Tour South guide lead you to this special place of magic, right in the heart of the Akaroa township. Quite simply this is a world class attraction not to be missed when visiting this part of our Country.
The historic house and amazing gardens are located amongst native bush, with sweeping views of Akaroa Harbour, in an ideal setting that is romantically secluded and peaceful. Original artworks, terraced gardens' flamboyant sculptures and numerous dramatic mosaic features, all combine to create a stimulating visual experience.
The Giant's House is recommended by Lonely Planet, and endorsed by rave reviews by visitors from all parts of the world.
The house built in 1880 for the first bank manager in Akaroa, is constructed of locally milled native timbers. It is designed and decorated in the French style, and is elegant and charming, and like all aspects of this truly magical creation, is grand in size proportions and unique features.
Being the home of an artist, it balances and contrasts the historic and the contemporary. Both the house and the unbelievably awesome terraced gardens are full of surprises of the very best kind. Expect the unexpected at the Giants House.
At the Giants House your senses will be pampered and stimulated in surroundings that will uplift your soul. A very special experience which is quite 'out of this world'
The Giants house is positive and colourful - seriously playful yet charming and elegant - it will make you smile - it will lift your spirits.
Visit the Giants House @ http://www.thegiantshouse.co.nz
Departs at 10:00 am (Private Charter option only)
6 Hour duration
Please note larger capacity vehicles, up to 55 passenger Luxury Touring Coaches, are available, price on application.