What’s On: Hurunui Garden Festival, 27-30 October 2022

Hurunui Garden Festival, is in its fifth year, celebrating and showcasing the very best the Hurunui area has to offer with this year a range of private gardens, historic homesteads, art and collections.

This year Hurunui Garden Festival runs from Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th October 2022.

Over the weekend you can visit private gardens, historic homesteads, see art and collections from Amberley to Gore bay, and Waikari to Hanmer Springs. Our property owners are ready to greet you and share their stories of how they’ve created their gardens, art work and collections.

On offer this year are a variety of special and unique places to explore over 25 properties. Including a private museum and car collection, artist studios and gorgeous historic homesteads where you can pre-book tours so you can learn of the homesteads history and association within the area. Local artists will be showcasing their work at their homes plus a variety of beautiful exhibits will be available for sale at many of the gardens. Check these out in the guide.

We are excited to have New Zealand’s celebrity gardening guru, the wonderful Lynda Hallinan, attending the festival. She will be with us for a speaking event that will educate, entertain, and inspire you. Details are in the guide and be in early to book.
While you are here for the festival and enjoying our warm hospitality, we hope you will stay a night or two, visit and support the local wineries, cafes and the many other attractions that the Hurunui District has to offer.

Flaxmere Garden.

There is so much to experience and enjoy at the Hurunui Garden Festival. We invite you to come and join us for a long weekend in these inspirational private gardens and the many other special places the Hurunui District has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Programme Information:

Ticket sales for garden visits are available on the Hurunui Garden Festival website or visitors can pay their $10 entry fee at each property on the day. Early bird ticket sales go on sale in July – buy 10 tickets and get 1 free.

Historic homestead tours at Tipapa Historic Homestead, St Helen’s Station Homestead, and the Fossils and Concretions tour at Karetu Downs, need to be pre-booked. Details for all tours are on the individual guide book page and website. There is an additional charge for these tours.


The Hurunui Garden Festival was launched early in 2018 by a group of local garden owners who wanted to assist with the Hurunui District’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of November 2016. The concept was to open gardens and invite visitors, particularly from outside the district, to spend a weekend enjoying the gardens and other attractions of the Hurunui District. The Festival would thereby create opportunities and benefits for businesses and residents across the district. More than a celebration of inspirational gardens, the Hurunui Garden Festival would be a district-wide promotion of the many attractions and warm hospitality of the region.

Kintail Garden.

Hurunui Garden Festival is an incorporated society and not for profit. The committee are all volunteers. Giving back to our community: The Hurunui Garden Festival Inc. is committed to investing back to its community. The committee is united in following its ethos of being inspirational and supportive to the residents of Hurunui.

In any given year that the HGF Inc. makes a reasonable profit, it will give one student from the Hurunui District, who is graduating from secondary school, a scholarship towards study in horticulture, agriculture, landscape design or a related field, at their choice of University or Institute of Technology.


If you would you like to donate to the Hurunui Garden Festival scholarship fund you can do via a transfer to our bank account listed below.

Account name: Hurunui Garden Festival Incorporated
Account number: 02-1278-0028459-00
Bank name: BNZ

Check out the Hurunui Garden Festival on our website and we look forward to seeing you in October.

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