Thank you to everyone who visited our gardens and attended our events for the 2021 Taranaki Garden Festival.

Home, Garden and Foodie Tour

Guided Coach Tour

A  behind the scenes tour of two of New Plymouth’s fabulous homes.

 Home One

One of our homes was originally a brewery before becoming an upholsterers headquarters and is now an inner-city dwelling. Owned by the current owners for 15 years, they have recently restored it using materials to enhance its original status with many bespoke built-in features. The owners chose to move in after the restoration, as it offered more wall space (compared to their current home) to hang art! For those who appreciate art, you won't want to miss the opportunity to peek inside this home - it is an absolute art lover's delight! With a focus on contemporary NZ art, you will see many 1960's artists such as Tom Kreisler, Colin McCahon, Trusttum, Maddox, Driver, Smithers and Hotere and most of the art can be seen from one vantage point within the home. You will be in awe of the art collection as well as the mix of vintage and contemporary furniture.

Home Two

The other home you will visit during this tour is built high up on a cliff face, on a narrow section in central New Plymouth, overlooking the sea.  Its unique and innovative design, along with the use of simple robust materials such as cedar, concrete and glass, has created a striking home.  It is particularly eye-catching due to the swimming pool, which has been cantilevered towards the street with a glass front providing drama to the facade.  The owners of this home can't get enough of the stunning sea view and they are able to enjoy it from one of their six decks and a patio area, more than likely with a glass of wine in hand, given there is also a cellar which holds 47 dozen bottles of wine!

 Although modern in style, inspiration has been drawn from their farmhouse that they had lived in for 25 years and elements of this can be seen throughout the home in artwork, furniture and objects, as well as outside with the use of planting and an antique farm gate which was originally acquired from a grandparents’ farm in Sussex incorporated into the landscape design.

The tour also includes visits to Proof n Stock, a coffee roastery and servery located in a stunningly converted garage deep in the heart of New Plymouth and Little liberty Creamery an award-winning plant-based ïcecream that showcase some of the region finest flavours and producers. Lunch will be at Quails Nest Eatery, one of New Plymouth’s newest eateries overlooking the Waiwakaiho River. 

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