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A very warm welcome, then we were given a map of the grounds with suggestions on how to go round... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2018
Brussels, Belgium
A Magic Garden Tranquil.

When in Akaroa and have visitors it is a nice drive around the bay to visit the other side of the... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Julia G
Gold Coast, Australia
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23 Jan 2018
10 Oct 2017
“A Magic Garden Tranquil.”
A large country garden in the beautiful French Farm Valley. Listed as a Garden of National Significance by The New Zealand Gardens Trust. Covering 10.4 acres on the banks of the Te Waimangu stream the gardens contain areas of protected native bush...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
104 French Farm Valley Road, Akaroa 7582, New Zealand
+64 21 305 216
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

A very warm welcome, then we were given a map of the grounds with suggestions on how to go round them. We loved the gardens - so much to see, with so much variety; we appreciated the native bush and we were amused to be...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank BookemDan
Reviewed 11 October 2017

When in Akaroa and have visitors it is a nice drive around the bay to visit the other side of the beautiful harbour,no better place to visit,having said that there are also beautiful wineries in the area. With making a day of it ,take a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Julia G
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We visited the garden during February, and were delighted and amazed by the lovely design, the interesting and innovative plantings, and the whole delightful setting. During our 4 trips to New Zealand we have visited over 100 gardens and Jendy's garden is up there, close...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Unexpected find; low key, hidden away across the bay from Akaroa but only a short drive from the centre. Ten acres of thoughtfully planted garden along a beautiful stream, tranquil and feels very private. Interesting plant collections with the owner on hand to answer questions....More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Northerner11
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Since I have arrived on the South Island I have visited a few gardens but this garden is the most fragrant garden I have ever visited. There are so many I have visited in Australia but none come close to The Garden at French Farm...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank revejardinier
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This garden is simply fascinating with space aplenty and all sorts of garden styles within the rambling walk. We spent a good couple of hours here and a picnic lunch would even be a great idea if you have the time as there are so...More

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank PennyPie
Reviewed 14 February 2016

A good visit for gardeners and nature lovers alike, a mixture of native and exotics made for an interesting morning well worth the long haul to get there. The addition of tea making facilities in the hut was an added bonus.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Jean G
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We came across these beautiful gardens when looking for the wine farm nearby. We decided that we'd rather walk in beautiful gardens than drink wine (time enough for that at sundown!). The warmly welcoming owner (and gardener), Jendy described the route that we could take,...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank FrancophileJane
Reviewed 14 September 2015

This is a wonderful garden in picturesque French Farm Valley. Developed by the Tichbornes the property is under new ownership. Well worth a visit. From the natural amphitheatre to the bubbling brook this is a special part of Banks Peninsula.

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank Conway10
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