*** COVID UPDATE ***
The event is going ahead at alert level 2 but will now be a GARDEN TOUR ONLY. This is keeping with the advice of outdoor settings being lower risk. The team is busy adding a few more gardens to the tour to make up for the houses that will be missed and there will be over 10 on the day. The usual social distancing and level 2 rules apply.
Come and be inspired by the gardens and homes of “The Bay”. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, stroll through native bush, and discover local history. All set in a backdrop of stunning vistas and abundant native birdlife. You’ll see why Governors Bay is known for its passionate gardeners and unique lifestyle.
Special Early Bird Tickets are $50* and $60* after October 15th.
Included in this unguided tour:
- Ohinetahi Gardens, a garden of international significance owned by Sir Miles Warren
- ‘Waitahuna’, the original Dyer Homestead
- Free shuttle service between locations as self-driving is unavailable
- Many other hidden gems that will surprise and delight
Hosted by Governors Bay School PTA you’ll be supporting the upgrade of art & technology in the school’s library.
Tickets sales are limited so book early for special pricing and to avoid disappointment.
Please note the homes and gardens that have volunteered to be venues for this tour may change at any time due to unseen circumstances. Replacement houses and/or gardens will be sought in this instance.
IS THIS A GUIDED TOUR?
No, this is a self-directed tour so you can explore the gardens and homes at your own pace. Volunteers will be on hand at each location.
DO I NEED TO WALK OR DRIVE TO EACH GARDEN?
A shuttle service is provided in-between each hub and gardens around each area can then be walked to. Self-driving is unavailable due to the terrain and lack of street parking. A map will be provided when you sign-in on the day.
WILL FOOD AND DRINK BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
Afternoon tea is available for purchase at Waitahuna.
WHERE DOES THE TOUR START?
Your day will start from 10:00am at the Governors Bay Community Centre at 1 Cresswell Avenue. Sign-in and catch the shuttle from there to begin your tour.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking information will be emailed to you closer to the time.
IS THIS AN ALL AGES EVENT?
Unfortunately, this event is restricted to 12+. All minors need adult supervision.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO UP COVID ALERT LEVELS?
** Alert level 2 ** - the first 200 ticket holders will be honoured and will be offered one half of the tour to follow on the day. The remaining ticket holders will be offered refunds. Get in early to secure your spot!
** Alert level 3/4 ** – the event will be cancelled and refunds will be available.
WILL THERE BE TOILETS AVAILABLE?
Some of our locations have toilet amenities. A map will be provided when you sign-in for the day.
ARE THE HOMES AND GARDENS ACCESSIBLE?
Unfortunately, the tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
* Additional fees may apply