Trip information





Come and join us for a fully planned itinerary of inspirational gardens, food and wine.


Festival Dates:


4 November – 7 November 2021


Costs $1508 single supplement (bring a friend for a twin share discount $1268 pp)

Costs include accommodation, 2 full day catered coach tours, 2 dinners plus garden party


Costs exclude flights (flight bookings on application)


Fuller options available eg extra day garden tour (Thursday), Omaka Flight Museum, vineyard lunch,

Kaikoura Whale Watching


Info afternoon – Sunday 27 June, 34 Lloyd Ave Mt Albert with itinerary options outlined


Deposit $500 – 2 July (to secure flights)


Please send us your expression of interest to




We provide two types of New Zealand tours:


Local 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.


Regional Tours

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.





May 9 - 31, 2020



20 days



From NZ$10,800


Early bird price: twin share (valid till 20th December)




Information Meeting:


Sunday 13th October 4.00pm

34 Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland



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.


Itinerary Highlights:

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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    • Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona

      Orientation walk around the Rambla, Port, Montjuic, Botanic Gardens, Joan Miro museum.

    • Day 2 Gaudi

      An introduction to the wonderful world of Gaudi’s architecture, including the magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral, Casa Mila/Pedrera and Batllo apartment buildings. Afternoon wander in Parc Guell.

    • Day 3 Barcelona

      A biking excursion along the waterfront to Diagonal Mar, a newer part of town and Miralles’s Parc Diagonal. Visit Picasso Museum on return trip.

    • Day 4 Travel to Grenada

      Check out and fly to Grenada. Night visit to the Nazarid Palaces of the Alhambra.

    • Day 5 Alhambra

      Full day visit to Alhambra and Generalife. Visit Granada’s cathedral, a terrace bar for late afternoon views across city and see a flamenco show after dinner.

    • Day 6 Travel to Seville

      Check out and travel to Seville by train. Settle in and then take a walk along the Guadalquivir river for drinks and a tapas dinner.

    • Day 7 Seville

      Visit Seville Cathedral, the exhibition pavilions from the Ibero-American Trade Exposition of 1929 in Maria Louisa Park, Real Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens.

    • Day 8 Cordoba

      A day trip to Cordoba by train to visit the famous Mesquita, Alcazar, Botanic Garden and Palacio Viana.

    • Day 9 Travel to Ronda and Algeciras

      Travel by coach from Seville to Ronda for lunch and then on to Algeciras. View the Rock of Gilbralter over dinner.

      [Any travelers ending the tour here will train to Malaga for connecting flights].


    • Day 10 Travel to Fez

      Ferry from Algeciras (Gibraltar) to Tangier, then train to Fez.

    • Day 11 Fez

      Explore the old town Medina markets, leather works etc. Walk up to Marinid tomb ruins for sunset after dinner.


    • Day 12 Fez

      Visit Palace gardens & Parc Jnane Sbil, Dar Batha museum & garden. Optional visit to a Hammam spa.

    • Day 13 Travel to Marrakech

      Travel to Marrakech via Casablanca by train. Evening walk in the Medina


    • Day 14 Marrakech

      Koutoubia mosque garden (Parc Princess Lalla Hasna), Palace gardens - Badi & Bahia Palaces, Dar Si Said Art Museum, Tombeaux Saadiens – Sultan’s mausoleum and cemetery / gardens, Maison de la Photographie. Jardin Majorelle (Yves St Laurent), Le Jardin Secret, Cyber Park.

    • Day 15 Marrakech

      Day trip to Aït Ben Haddou, a village of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.


      Hotel Mamounia for drinks.

      [Any travellers ending the tour here will fly out from Marrakech airport].

    • Day 16 Travel to Lisbon

      Fly from Marrakech to Lisbon. Orientation walk around city.

    • Day 17 Lisbon

      Explore the city including urban park corridor Marquis de Pombal statue, Botanic Gardens, views from the Castle of Saint George, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

    • Day 18 Sintra

      Sintra day trip.

      Sintra was a retreat for royals and their friends to holiday at their mansions amongst the forested terrain. Today it is a delightful tourist mecca, with the palaces open to the public eg. Pena, Sintra and Monserrate Palaces, Quinta da Regaleira and the Castle of the Moors archeological site.


    • Day 19 Lisbon

      Quinta dos Azulejos and Frontiera Palace.

    • Day 20 Completion of tour

      Fly home or on to other travel.


    Trip Information


    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 - 4 star accommodation and garden entries. Meals and local transport not included.


    • Land only package is NZ$8800 (BP4500), meeting in Barcelona. Single supplement available


    • Costs include return flights from Auckland, regional flights, rail and ferry travel, 3 - 4 star accommodation and garden entries. Meals and local transport not included.


    • Land only package is NZ$8800 (BP4500), meeting in Barcelona. Single supplement available.




    Get in touch with us


    If you are interested in finding out more or have any questions please get in touch with us here.


    Or come along to our Info meeting on Sunday 13th October 4.00pm at 34 Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland




Trip information


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.




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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.





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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.




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Dates: TBA


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




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