Cherry Blossom Festival is a traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under a blooming sakura (cherry blossom) tree with family and friends.
Zen Garden, designed and built according to the architecture and gardens in Kyoto in Japan, offers the perfect setting for such an occasion. Hidden away in the idyllic countryside in Whitford in East Auckland, this private, exclusive estate includes hundred year old forests, water features, Japanese gardens, and sweeping elevated views across the landscapes and harbour to Rangitoto Island and the distant city. It’s a place where time stands still while peace and joy fill the air, along with delightful birdsong and the fragrance of exotic gardens.
Date: Sunday 30 September 2012 (Rain/late flowering option -- 7 October 2012)
Time: Gate opens at 11am to give you time to explore the garden and relax over lunch before the musical performances start at 2pm. Gate remains open until 6pm.
- Traditional Japanese drums by Tamashii Taiko Drummers - www.tamashii.co.nz
- Bamboo flute by Miho Wada - www.mihowada.com
- Traditional Chinese musical instruments "Yangqin" and "Erhu" by New Fusion Orchestra www.newfusion.co.nz
- Japanese guitar "Shamisen" by Sayuri Ichiba and Brian Grove
- DJ music by Wesley Upfold - www.not1but2.com
and much more.
Picnic Pack Options:
1). Teriyaki Chicken on rice
2). Chicken Drumsticks & Ham with Bap
3). Vegetarian Pasta Pesto
All picnic packs include a green garden salad, a fruit, a brownie, paper serviette and cutlery
Food & Beverage:
No alcohol is allowed to be brought on site. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Eftpos card is welcome.
All drivers must park their vehicles at Pine Harbour Marina, free shuttle service is provided from Pine Harbour to Zen Garden. Limited disabled parking is available at Zen Garden; please show your disabled parking card at the gate.
Point-to-point passenger transport can be pre-arranged, please contact Coast Shuttle to make a booking: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0274 722 613
Health & Safety:
The garden is landscaped in a rolling terrain, it is much more pleasant to sit on a picnic blanket than a beach chair. The garden is extensive, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Some areas are exposed to full sun and strong wind. No dogs or animals are allowed.