Garden Shows & Events

Hurunui Garden Festival

 31 October - 3 November 2024

Hurunui District

Visit private gardens, historic homes, and artists from Amberley to Gore Bay, and Waikari to Hanmer Springs, many within one hour’s drive of Christchurch and the airport. Walk inside some of Hurunui’s outstanding historic homesteads. Plus a showcase of local artists.

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Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival

1 - 10  November 2024

Described as "real gardens for real people". Featuring  more than 40 gardens. Every year the selection includes new private gardens, some stunning gardens returning after a break and four public gardens . Tickets $2 pp/garden

Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival

Taranaki Garden Festival

1 - 10  November 2024

Festival Hub - courtyard White Hart Hotel, New Plymouth, Taranaki

NZ's longest lasting garden festival. Showcasing approximately 40 gardens in a wide variety of styles - formal, cottage, tropical, native.... plus   Sustainable Backyards Trail and Taranaki Arts Trail are in the festival. 

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Wairarapa Garden Tour

9 - 10 November 2024

This two day, self-drive garden tour features 14 beautiful and unique gardens from around Wairarapa. The Tour is a major fundraiser for Pukaha Mt Bruce, allowing the centre to continue its vital work of conservation and restoration of our native flora and fauna.

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Sherenden and Districts Garden Tour

TBC November 2024

Hawkes Bay

A local tour around some beautiful gardens in the Sherenden and Districts area. Potentially with some houses open to view also. Sherenden School will have food/drinks and market stalls to complete a fantastic day out in the countryside.
 
 

Motueka Garden Trail

TBC November 2024

This is the Motueka Toy Library's major annual fundraiser. Proceeds go towards awesome new toys! 

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NZ Sculpture On Shore

TBC November 2025

Operetu, Fort Takapuna, 170 Vauxhall Rd, Devonport, Auckland

NZ's largest and longest running outdoor sculpture exhibition  will show case around 100 large scale, diverse and interactive sculptures by established and emerging NZ artists.  All artworks for sale. One of the largest fundraising events for Women’s Refuge NZ.

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Up the Garden Path

8 - 9 November 2025
Katikati

Up the Garden Path, Katikati's garden ramble features 17 gardens on display in both urban and rural settings. Organised by Rotary.

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Garden Marlborough

7 - 10 November 2024

Marlborough

NZ's premier garden event, was dreamt up by gardeners for gardeners. Celebrating Marlborough's stunning landscape, it showcases the very best the region has to offer with a range of garden tours, workshops and social events.

Full and half day garden tours encompass everything from compact designer gardens in the heart of town to breath-taking country estates. Workshops provide the opportunity to brush up on skills and horticultural knowledge with experts from New Zealand and overseas.

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Pacific Rose Bowl Festival

TBC  November 2024

Rogers' Rose Garden, Hamilton Gardens 

Entry $5, Gold Card $2.50, under16 free with adult. Sat 12-5pm, Sun 10am - 4.30pm

 

Rotorua Festival of Gardens

TBC  November 2024

Rotorua

Explore more than 40 gardens. Around half of the gardens are new to the Festival and many are within the Rotorua suburban area. Some will offer refreshments, entertainment and plants for sale.

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Fordell School Home and Garden Ramble

TBC November 2024
Fordell School’s popular Home and Garden Ramble is returning. Once again there will be amazing homes and gardens that you will be able to have the pleasure of viewing. Some favourites from last time as well as a number of new ones. The event is a fundraiser for Fordell School, raising money for a new all purpose Astro-turf.
 
 

 

St Andrews Garden and Art Trail

TBC November 2025

Taupo

Includes a host of established and newer privately owned and public gardens, ranging from rambling two hectare rural gardens to small contemporary style and traditional cottage gardens.   

This year's event includes a privately owned 5 star Garden of National Significance near Mt Tauhara,  an innovative relocatable “pot plant” garden in Taupō and the much acclaimed 4 star Sculpture Garden at Lava Glass Studio on SH5 near Wairakei.

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The Mangawhai Garden Ramble

16 - 17 November 2024

At least 16 gardens on display  in the 2024 Mangawhai Garden Ramble, a fundraiser for  the Mangawhai Kindergarten and Mangawhai Playgroup. Each year the selection of gardens varies in size, style and age, with several featuring special attractions such as ponds, water features, artwork and historic buildings.

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Cross Hills Garden Country Fair

16 November 2024

Set in 18 acres of the most beautiful private gardens you'll find a record number of artists, makers, creators, growers and all round clever people who have travelled from all corners of the North Island in New Zealand to showcase their product!

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Turangi Garden Club Ramble

18-19 November 2023

An opportunity to visit 16 gardens in Southern Lake Taupo, a variety of town and country gardens including the garden in Motuoapa featured in the February 23 edition of House and Garden Magazine.  Several gardens include the works of 8 local artists which are for sale.  Plants also for sale. This is a fundraiser, supporting Project Tongariro. 

 

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Palmy Homegrown

25-26 November 2023
An edible garden trail of 20 of Palmerston North's most productive backyards. Ranging from well-progressed lifestyle blocks and flourishing urban food forests, to tiny spaces, container growing and collaborative community efforts.
 
Palmy Homegrown aims to shine a light on the food producing potential of our city and share money-saving hacks to combat the rising cost of purchasing food.
 

Mangakahia Garden Ramble

26 November 2023

On the trail nine beautiful gardens with an abundance of flowers, landscaping features and numerous sculptural elements. Ranging from urban gardens through to large country gardens, subtropical gardens and a stunning natural waterfall feature. Plants for sale and numerous garden related stalls.

This event is a fundraiser for the Mangakahia Sports and Community Complex.

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The Ohoka Garden Tour and Fete

26 November 2023

Ohoka

View 6 of the finest Ohoka Gardens and school market, including Area 51 Futuro House Resort. All of the money from ticket sales goes to Ohoka Primary School to provide for the local kids and teachers. Ohoka is located 20  kilometres north of Christchurch.

 

 

 

Art in the Garden

2-3 December 2023

38 Pauls Rd, Whanganui East, Whanganui

Hosted by the Whanganui Potters' Studio enjoy a wander around pottery and garden art stalls. Refreshments, plants etc also for sale. Free entry.

Festival of Pots and Garden Art

19-24 January 2024

Anam Cara Gardens, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki

A celebration of art, not only pottery and ceramics but painting, wood, steel stone etc held at the beautiful Anam Cara Gardens. Opportunity to relax and enjoy not only the art but the gardens as well. Demonstrations by some artisans. Refreshments available.

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Waimarino Garden Ramble

TBC January 2024

A fundraiser for Ohakune Primary School and St John Waimarino Area Committee.

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Whanganui Arthritis Garden Amble

22 January 2024
Enjoy ambling through 10 Whanganui summer gardens. A fundraising event for the Arthritis Foundation.
 

Hamilton Gardens Art Festival

23 February - 3 March 2024

 Each year Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival encompasses the full spectrum of performing arts – where comedy, dance, music, and theatre mingle and merge against the backdrop of the enchanting Hamilton Gardens.

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Sculpture on the Gulf

24 February - 24 March 2024
Waiheke Island

New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of New Zealanders and visitors by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape. 

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Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival

14-17  November 2024

Festival Hub - "Bloom in the Bay", Historic Village, Tauranga

Showcasing 60 gardens and 100+ artists displaying their work in the gardens and galleries through Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty. 1 or multi day passes, transport available.  Garden registrations now open.

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Waiheke Garden Festival

TBC November 2024
Waiheke Island, Auckland

A self-drive event for gardeners and island visitors. 10 beautiful gardens, live music, local art for sale, delicious food, plant sales, market stalls.

 Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust which supports sick children and their families on Waiheke Island. 

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Whangarei Garden Discovery

TBC November 2024

A biennial event. In 2022 17 fabulous gardens to visit with artists exhibiting their original garden art - all for sale. 

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Sculpture Northland

TBC 2024
Whangarei Quarry Gardens

This will be the 9th Sculpture Northland showcasing Tai Tokerau sculpture artists in the subtropical oasis of the Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Wide range of sculptures from small and very affordable to high end works from recognised professional artists.