Gardens of New Zealand with Pacific Horticulture

With its rich volcanic soil and temperate climate, New Zealand boasts a botanic diversity that’s matched by the Kiwis’ passion for gardening. Join Pacific Horticulture and discover a bower of beauty as you travel from the sub-tropical north to the sub-alpine south island, visiting several acclaimed gardens, many deemed nationally or internationally “significant” by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. In a land of superlatives, the collections at Ohinetahi, Ayrlies, and Hamilton Gardens stand out, but so do the national parks, wineries, and Maori cultural sites you’ll celebrate in “the Land of the Long White Cloud.”


  • Delve into “The Story of Gardens” through five award-winning collections at Hamilton Gardens
  • Discover New Zealand’s “Garden City” and its 150-year old crown jewel, Christchurch Botanical Gardens
  • Revel in the mirror-like beauty of Milford Sound in Fiordlands National Park on an overnight cruise
  • Walk among the treetops and the undergrowth along the Natural Trail and Canopy Walkway at Otari-Wilton Bush Native Botanic Garden
  • Explore Maori culture in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua

Escorted by Richard Hayden, Former Pacific Horticulture Board Chair

Richard Hayden lives in New York City and works for Friends of the High Line, where he is the Director of Horticulture. He previously worked at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he was the Special Assistant to the President and Project Liaison engaged in the reimagining of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and 11-acre landscape

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