What’s On: Hurunui Garden Festival, 28 to 31 October, 2021

Hurunui Garden Festival, in its fourth year, celebrates the very best the district has to offer with a range of private garden tours, artist exhibits and speaking events.

This year Hurunui Garden Festival runs from 28-31 October.

Welcome to the fourth annual Hurunui Garden Festival. Over the weekend visitors can discover private gardens, historic homes, and artists from Amberley to Gore Bay, and Waikari to Hanmer Springs, many within one hour’s drive of Christchurch and the airport.

Garden owners love sharing how they’ve created their gardens. This year, for the first time, visitors can walk inside some of Hurunui’s outstanding historic homesteads. Also on offer are local artists, their place of work and beautiful exhibits for sale.

New Zealand’s celebrity gardening guru, the wonderful Lynda Hallinan, will be attending the festival. She will be with us for speaking events that will educate, entertain, and inspire you.

There’s so much to experience and enjoy at the Hurunui Garden Festival. While you’re enjoying the gardens, historic homesteads, art and warm hospitality, we hope you’ll stay the night and visit our wineries, cafes, and the many other attractions of the Hurunui District.


Ticket sales for gardens and tours are available on the Hurunui Garden Festival website. Buy 10 tickets and get one free from 1 July, an early bird offer valid for six weeks.

Explore 22 gardens/homesteads/artists, in six clusters:
Waipara Gorge
Hawarden & Waikari
Culverden & Rotherham
Hanmer Springs
Cheviot, Gore Bay & Greta Valley

Learn more about the clusters and their offerings here.


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. Hurunui Garden Festival is an incorporated society and not for profit. The committee are all volunteers.

Learn more about the Hurunui Garden Festival here

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