The Tai Tapu Garden Tour celebrates seven beautiful local gardens, from historic to modern, native to exotic, full of colour, texture and diversity.
Come and enjoy a day in Tai Tapu, nestled in the foothills of Christchurch, only a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Please bring your tickets to Tai Tapu School from 9:15am on the day, to receive your official map to gain entry to the gardens. The gardens will open at 10am.
Please also check our Facebook page and website for more information about other points of interest on the tour; chat with the Happy Gardener Rachel Vogan, an art & photography exhibition, our famous plant stall, and the delicious lunch options available in Tai Tapu.
All proceeds from this biennial event will go to the Tai Tapu School PTA in support of teaching resources for the school.
This event will be on rain or shine and will be held in Level 1 or 2 Covid-19 Alert levels. Social distancing rules will apply.
In the event of Christchurch being placed in Alert Level 3 or 4, we would have to cancel the event. In the event of a cancellation Tai Tapu School would refund all ticket purchases minus the Eventfinda booking fee ($1.75) and credit card fee (2.5%).
*A Collection of Gardens - A collection of six gardens in Tai Tapu will be offered as a self-guided tour package at $25 (+ $1.75 Eventfinda fee and 2.5% credit card fee).
Door sales will be available on the day for the collection of gardens, at $35 per ticket (unless sold out prior).
Children under 13 are free entry.
*Otahuna Garden Tour and Collection of Gardens
A limited number of tickets will be available for a special Otahuna Lodge Garden Tour Package at $50 (+ $1.75 Eventfinda fee and 2.5% credit card fee).
This is not to be missed. Join a guided tour of the prestigious historic homestead gardens designed by A. E. Lowe who trained at Kew Gardens, London, for Sir Heaton Rhodes.
Limited tours will be held throughout the day at set times. Visit the six other fabulous gardens around your Otahuna tour time. Otahuna garden tours are for 14 yrs +.
The tour will take in the Great Lawn and Pond, the formal Dutch Garden, the Orchard & Potager Garden, and the Melon and Mushroom Houses.
We are not able to offer the Otahuna Lodge Garden Tour as door sales, these must be purchased ahead of time online.
*A variety of great lunch options are available around Tai Tapu. Please see our website for more information.
*Pre order a delicious lunchbox from The Store of Tai Tapu, this includes a club sandwich, savoury muffin, fruit, a bliss ball and a sweet treat. Pick it up with your ticket at Tai Tapu School. Enjoy your lunch listening to live music on the lawn at the wetland restoration or at your leisure at one of the other magnificent locations. A Coffee cart will also be available at two locations.
*The famous Tai Tapu School plant stall will be held in the grounds of one of the gardens, so bring a box and take home some plant goodies for your garden!
*Situated in one of our beautiful gardens will be an art & photography exhibition.
*Please check our Facebook page and website for more information. www.taitapugardentour.nz
Health & Safety Information:
*Children must be fully supervised and are not permitted to explore without their parents or guardians.
*On some properties are ponds, uneven surfaces and steep slopes.
*Most gardens are not suitable for wheelchair access.
*The event organisers accept no responsibility for injury or accident while on this Garden Tour.
*No dogs please.