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Address: 33 Hammerichs Road, Rapaura, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-579 3316
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour



Nestled in grape country, hidden behind high hedges, lies the private but nationally acclaimed garden of Upton Oaks. Surrounding the 1911 Victorian homestead are gardens that have been recognised as a 'Garden of National Significance' as awarded by the NZ Gardens Trust. The colourful gardens comprise of intimate garden rooms contained within a formal framework of hedges and brick walls.

The much photographed 17th century style Knot Garden is a favourite for visitors. Relax on a park bench where you can take in views of the herbaceous borders and pond. A small rustic olive grove with a winding path, leads to large raised vegetable beds and espaliered fruit trees.

The blue and white gardens surrounding a French iron gazebo compliment our historic guest house, Laurella cottage at the rear of the property which is available to book for accommdation.

Upton Oaks Garden has graced the pages of numerous magazines plus television screens and is visited by many national and international groups each year.

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A spectacular garden in Blenheim

I emailed Sue to arrange a time to see her magnificent garden and she was extremely responsive - so glad we took the time to contact her as the garden is just so special. The... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I emailed Sue to arrange a time to see her magnificent garden and she was extremely responsive - so glad we took the time to contact her as the garden is just so special. The creativity and the variation in all the different sections of the garden was just so wonderful to see - this was the type of garden... More 

Thank Anne56_10
susielou-2002, Owner at Upton Oaks Garden, responded to this review

Thank you Anne for your review, we really enjoyed meeting you both as we love talking and meeting other gardeners. Glad you came to visit. More 

Soderala, Sweden
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57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Dave and Sue Monahan did a great job in converting this old run down Place into a palast with a Dream Garden. Job well done!!

Thank chefjoerg
Knoxville, Tennessee
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542 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This was the first stop on our tour of the area that included wineries. I was not sure about stropping at garden but it was worth it. The grounds are well manicured and beautiful. There are flowers, vegetable, and fruit trees. It is not a large area so walking around it is not strenuous. A great placed to spend an... More 

Thank swiftmi
Reigate, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Everything about our visit to Upton Oaks Garden today was exceptional, beginning with the friendly and effusive welcome from the founder and creator Sue Monahan. She explained how she and her husband had designed and created this work of art over a thirty-year period, and even now they carry out the entirety of the work single-handed. The garden is not... More 

Thank Robin S
susielou-2002, Owner at Upton Oaks Garden, responded to this review

Thank you Robin for your generous review, I really enjoyed meeting you both and chatting about gardens. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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546 reviews
263 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Upton Oaks is a private garden which has been created by a couple from scratch. It's about an acre and a half of stunningly beautiful garden laid out in different sections. There is an olive grove, a flower garden, a vegetable garden, a pool area and lots of sitting areas on beautiful lawns. There is also a Victorian cottage on... More 

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susielou-2002, Owner at Upton Oaks Garden, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed visiting our gardens we love sharing our home and gardens with visitors More 

Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is an extraordinary private garden, especially when it is all the work of 2 owners. It may not be possible to just walk in, so I would strongly recommend an appointment, possibly best made via your BnB host or hotel desk

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

A beautiful NZ garden with elements of french design, hedges, garden rooms and a knot garden regarded as one of the best in NZ.

Thank AliTR21
Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Saw this garden develop and then growth into a great attraction for visitors and locals. Meticulous attention to detail.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

The family who own this B & B and garden have transformed it into a magical experience. The grounds are stunning and include a guest house for rent which opened in 2016.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Dave and Sue have spent 20 years developing Upton Oaks into one of New Zealand's "Gardens of Significance"; the finest example of a formal garden we have seen in a long time. Very reminiscent of the classic English gardens of the Cotswolds, the garden is complemented beautiful by the restoration work done on the 100 year old Villa. Thoroughly recommended!

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