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Elaine Tocker, Head Gardener

One/Two-night package

Created especially for guests who would love the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Huka Lodge gardens with Head Gardener, Elaine Tocker. Stay longer, and this experience can extend beyond the Lodge to include some of Taupo’s exquisite private gardens, guided by renowned landscape gardener, Gordon Collier.

  • With accommodation at Huka Lodge for two, in a riverside Junior Lodge Suite (on a double/twin occupancy basis).

  • Pre-dinner drinks with canapés, superb five-course dinner(s) and full country breakfast(s) during entire stay.

  • One-night programme: starting at either 11.30am or at 1.00pm meet with Head Gardener, Elaine for an introductory chat, before your one-hour guided walking tour of areas of special interest, within Huka Lodge’s magnificent 17-acre grounds.

  • Includes a delicious three-course lunch for two, to be enjoyed either before, or after your garden tour.

  • Two-night programme: the first day will follow the order of the one-night programme, as detailed above.

  • On the second day, meet your garden guide, Gordon Collier and travel by private vehicle to three stunning local gardens. 'Anacapri' is Gordon's own garden – a series of 'garden rooms' defined by changes of mood created by plants and paths of differing textures, rather than hedges or walls. Plantings include the rare and unusual, as well as common and exotic, to create a true gardener's paradise.

  • Taupo Museum is the permanent home of the winner of a coveted gold medal at the celebrated Chelsea Flower Show – the 100% Pure New Zealand Ora – Garden of Wellbeing. Its magnificent native flora and steaming geothermal areas are typical of the Taupo/Rotorua landscape and a feature of this unusual and truly unique garden. 

  • Nestled at the foot of Mount Tauhara, Lorna Henry's large country garden is full of specimen trees, flowering shrubs, maples, magnolias, rhododendrons, roses and seasonal flowers. There is always so much of interest in this much loved garden.

  • During the 4 ½ hour tour you will learn about both native and exotic plants and see how these have been used to great advantage by talented landscape designers.

  • Includes a gourmet three-course lunch at Huka Lodge, on both days, for guests staying two nights.

  • Take home a copy of the illustrated Huka Lodge Garden Catalogue, created by Elaine, as a lasting memory of the Huka Lodge gardens. 

  • Includes guides fees, entrance fees, transfers during garden tour, use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers, if required.

Junior Lodge Suite (on a double/twin occupancy basis) 2019:

01 October - 30 November 2019
Junior Lodge Suite NZ$1,641.00 per person, per night
01 October - 30 November 2019
Junior Lodge Suite NZ$1,824.00 per person, per night

These packages are not available during the weekend.

Also available with accommodation at the Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage if staying for two nights. Rates can be provided on request.

All prices quoted are in New Zealand dollars and include GST of 15%. This offer is subject to availability. 

While every effort will be made to provide these offers in the form in which they are currently published, there could be last-minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control.