Gardens

Spectacle and spectacular, admire the town’s historic homes and gardens as you wander Akaroa’s streets.

Akaroa Lavender

Kia Ora and welcome to Akaroa Lavender, located on the slopes of an ancient volcano in Akaroa Harbour, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Join Malcolm and Lyn in their journey of on-farm sustainability that has taken over 35 years.

Choose to stay in a range of exclusive accommodation, experience lavender fields, Arataki (guided) walks, kaitiakitanga (conservation) and outstanding manaakitanga (hospitality).

This is your chance to take a deep breath, walk through regenerating forest and rolling hills, and soak in the scent of lavender - all while enjoying breathtaking views over Akaroa harbour. 

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Fishermans Bay Garden

Fishermans Bay is an idyllic garden filled with bright colours and varied textures. A series of garden areas offer differing planting themes reflecting their New Zealand setting, sitting against breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and framed by the stark beauty of the Banks Peninsula coastline.

For garden lovers or anyone wanting to see a special part of Banks Peninsula while in the Akaroa area, this garden is a must visit.

Your hosts Jill and Richard Simpson have turned this farm garden in its rugged setting into a lush combination of flower beds, natives and green lawns that still remember its traditional farm heritage.

Native birds and wildlife abound revelling in the garden and the protected native forest below.

The garden is open to visitors between October and April. Visiting hours on our website.

Bookings are possible two weeks in advance with group bookings available on request by email.

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Akaroa Heritage Park

'Put your roots down in Akaroa, plant a tree!.' The Akaroa Heritage Park is accessible from Long Bay Road or on foot via Woodill's Track. Since it was established in 1992, over 1000 native trees have been planted by individual tree enthusiasts. For more information about Heritage Park contact Virginia Wigram on 03 304 8556 or Jeremy Buchanan on 03 304 8445.

These plantings are on-going by locals and visitors, the latest by students from the Akaroa Area School. There are also sections set aside for European and Australian trees.

For a fee you may plant a tree to commemorate a significant event or just your joy of being up in "The Park with a View". If you wish to plant a tree, do ring Jeremy Buchanan on 03 304 8445 or Virginia Wigram 03 304 8556.

Akaroa Heritage Park Trust
Long Bay Road, P O Box 8, Akaroa

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The Giants House

Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth".  A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa. Very Unique! Playful, zany, exuberant, astounding, colorful, surprising, seriously playful, unique in the world....it will make you smile.

Summer Hours
Open 11:00am - 4:00pm everyday 

Winter Hours May 1st - September 30
Open 11:00am - 3:00pm everyday

Tour of the Garden. Rate:$25 per adult, $10 per child (2-15 years). Family Concession: 2 Adults + 1 Child $57, 2 Adults + 2 Children $64, 2 Adults + 3 Children $71, 2 Adults + 4 Children $78, Students (with ID) $23, Seniors (with NZ Gold Card ID) $23.

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