The 1769 Garden, designed by Philip Smith from O2 Landscapes, features plants that grew in the Tairāwhiti, and were familiar to local Māori at that time of Cook’s arrival and are typical of the thousands of specimens collected by naturalists Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander.
The Garden is part of the Waikereru Ecosanctuary, a project initiated by Dame Anne and Jeremy Salmond.
Escorted by Malcolm Rutherford and Graeme Atkins, enthusiasts will learn about the creation of the garden, how it is used today, and some of the stories that it holds through the design and species choices.
This tour includes an hour-long guided walk and talk. Guests will then drive the length of Longbush Reserve and walk around the figure 8 track in the Longbush bush.
Please note, tour departs via bus from the iSite on Grey St.
Visitors need to wear suitable footwear for walking in the gently sloping Garden and on bush tracks.
About Tuia 250 ki Tūranga:
Tuia 250 ki Tūranga is about our people and our place - what brought us together, what challenges us still, and how we are weaving our differing cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for our grand-children.
Join us, in a year-long conversation as we contemplate what dual heritage actually looks like and have those conversations vital to forging a shared future. Conversations will be had, journeys will be taken, perspectives will broaden and experiences shared as we host the nation in October 2019.
Check out our website for more details.