Wairarapa Gardens

Longbush Cottage

Wairarapa gardens are stunning. From rhodos to daffodils, native hebes to modern topiary - the variety of plants that thrive in our climate is outstanding. In autumn the region’s exotic trees are at their fiery best, especially in Greytown where New Zealand’s first Arbor Day was celebrated.  Coming in a group and love to explore some gardens? We can help you discover some private hidden gems - just give us a call

Some of these gardens double as wedding venues.

Find out about the annual Wairarapa Garden Tour, or take your pick from the list below.

The Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive tour showing beautiful private gardens.
Take a tour of Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa's grandest and most treasured historic sites. This colonial homestead and gardens near Masterton is still owned by the family who settled on the land in 1856.
Every year in Summer, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days, or shop year round at The Big Box of Lavender for a stunning range of lavender products made onsite from their multi-award winning 100% pure lavender oil.
Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 
Queen Elizabeth Park’s collection of exotic trees is stunning, some planted more than 140 years ago. In total there is more than 180 specimen trees, ranging from the skyscraper American redwoods to the quirky Bhutan Pine. Download a map and go for a tree walk.
Longbush Cottage near Carterton,is a four-star NZ Gardens Trust Garden of Significance. It's open between September and April.
Longbush Cottage Tulip Festival celebrates the majestic tulip every Spring.
A festival of all things gardening from plants to produce and everything at Clareville Showgrounds, Carterton.
Learn about farm animals during a guided visit to Martinborough Manor's working farm, or take a tour of their stunning gardens.
Tinui Food Forest is one of the largest and most established food forests in NZ, established in 2021.
Pick lavender and cut flowers at Lavender Magic in Carterton.
Visit four diverse gardens around Gladstone, meet the growers and buy hard to find plants.
Rototawai is a historic home in Wairarapa, where you can view the private collection of art, and walk in the stunning gardens.