Indicative Cost: NZ$9,810 twin share, NZ$11,310 single supplement.
• These include return flights from Auckland, 3 star accommodation, Eurail pass and garden entry. Meals and local transport not included.
• Land only packages available
• Information meeting: TBA
HIKOI’s Italy tours include: the ruins of Classical Rome, original Renaissance gardens of the Florentine Medici, the great Mannerist gardens of Villa d’Este and Villa Lante, the unique piazzas of Sienna’s Campo and Venice’s San Marco, and the transport system of watery Venice.
And of course there are opportunities to take in the astounding art of the Vatican and the architecture of Rome’s Renaissance and Baroque periods, and urban design of Medieval San Gimignano and other hilltop towns. The architecture of Carlo Scarpa is a favourite for our Italy trips.
The Italian trip will be split between guided and self-guided days to explore in the cities, given that there is so much to see, you may have seen parts of Italy already. We will provide a list of significant sites, background information and maps for the purpose of self-discovery.
NEXT TOUR 28 Sept - 13 Oct 2019
Cost - $NZ8190 twin share; $NZ9080 single supplement
• Costs include return flights from Auckland, 3 star accommodation with breakfast incl., regional rail travel and garden entries. Other meals and local transport not included.
• Land only package $NZ6165 twin share; $NZ7090 single
Extra option 22 - 28 September - Nakasendo Way hiking. Price available on request.
• Information meeting date: Sun 24 March 4pm. 34 Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland. Please send us your expression of interest by filling in your details on the CONTACT page.
HIKOI immerses you in the Zen temples and Shinto shrines of the old cultural capital of Kyoto and its many world heritage dry raked (karesansui) gardens and naturalistic stroll gardens.
We visit the modern metropolis of Tokyo to appreciate the energetic new architecture of Japan. Integrated architecture and landscape projects of Tadao Ando feature prominently in the places we visit. Art festivals offer opportunities to see more rural areas or offshore islands of Japan and at the same time enjoy contemporary international art. Experiencing medieval villages hiking on the Nakasendo Way can be an extra option.
Seasonal difference is highly valued in Japan , so we alternate our tours to appreciate either spring sakura blossom or early autumn maple colours.
Dates - TBA
Indicative Cost - $NZ7850 twinshare or $8590 single supplement
• Costs include guides, return flights from Auckland, 3 star accommodation, breakfasts, rail travel and garden entries. Other meals and local transport not included.
• Land only packages available on request.
Visit the great Baroque gardens of France to experience the prodigous work of Andre Le Notre, including Vaux-le-Vicomte, Sceaux and Versailles.
Enjoy the Loire Valley by rail and cycle, visiting the famous chateaux and Chaumont-sur-Loire garden and art festival.
See also the trip to England. Combining trips to both the UK and France will offer the contrast between the Classical World and the Enlightenment.
Come and roam the English Counties to discover the great English Landscape School and Arts & Crafts gardens.
Itinerary highlights: Blenheim Palace, Chelsea Flower Show, the Eden Project, Hidcote, Sissinghurst, Lost Gardens of Helligan, Great Dixter, Stourhead and Rousham.
Dates: May 9 - 31, 2020 (3 weeks)
Early bird price: NZ$10,800 twin share (valid till 20th December)
• Costs include return flights from Auckland, regional flights, rail and ferry travel, 3 star accommodation and garden entries. Meals and local transport not included.
• Land only package is NZ$8800 (BP4500), meeting in Barcelona. Single supplement available.
• CONTACT us or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Info meetings on Sunday 24th March 4.00pm at 34 Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert.
Moorish courtyards of Spain, Portugal and Morocco express the finest distillation of Islamic gardens. Experiencing the harsh desert environment near Marrakech makes sense of the oasis-like character of the gardens of this region. Observing remnants of qanat, early water management infrastructure, make us aware of how these gardens were sustained.
The Alhambra in Granada, Jardin Secret and Jardin Majorelle (Yves St Laurent) in Marrakech, Maria Luisa Park (Seville), Cordoba Great Mosque and its Patio of Oranges, Alcazar Palace in Cordoba, Palace of the Moorish King and Water Mine (by Jean Claude Forestier) in Ronda, Gaudi’s Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra and the blue tiles of Portugal.
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AUCKLAND GARDEN DESIGNFEST
Bus Tour dates: 16/17 November, 2019
25th November - $170
26th November - $170
Both days discount - $320
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We provide two types of New Zealand tours:
The Auckland Garden DesignFest is a unique weekend festival which celebrates New Zealand garden design excellence, featuring an array of Auckland’s very best, professionally designed gardens (Garden Design Society of NZ members). Join us for a guided bus tour to a selection of these outstanding gardens around Auckland.
We also provide guided tours of Auckland gardens and public landscape projects on request.
These tours visit the NZ back country, towns, gardens, landscapes and aspects of cultural life, off the beaten tourist track. You will find a flavour of New Zealand’s history that has all but disappeared, and we travel through New Zealand’s flora, fauna, geology, coast, mountains and rivers.
Unique New Zealand features may include Ratana churches, black sand beaches, lowland forest, rainforest, Maori marae (sacred gathering place), the Paradise Gardens at Hamilton Botanic Gardens, Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden and Pukekura Park in Taranaki.
Please get in touch with us.