Flaxmere is a North Canterbury high country garden sitting beneath the main rib of Southern Alps. This large 7-acre garden is boldly designed to make the most of alpine views, strong axes and cross axes focus on the surrounding mountain and pastoral environment.
Heavy old bridge timbers and stone walls reflect a country atmosphere where a feeling of peace & romance abides amidst dramatically changing seasons.
Water meadows and a series of ponds support a variety of bird life amongst lush planting and mature trees which include exotics, as well as a large native garden using plants indigenous to this unique sub-alpine area.
The layout of the garden and plantings comprising many different areas are designed to enhance and complement surrounding vistas leading from one to the next, each are distinctive in their planting. These include clipped boxwood creating the approach to a formal rose garden with many varieties of old fashioned roses. Formality gradually merges into the countryside with the use of perennials & NZ grasses, & woodlands work well with roughly mown paths. Trees have been planted well beyond the fence lines!
Penny views gardening as an art form and the garden is used to showcase New Zealand artists at the annual ‘ Art in a Garden’ event held every year at the end of October.
The Garden is also an ideal canvas for wedding celebrations and photos.
It is clearly sign posted from Hawarden.
Flaxmere is the creation of Penny Zino, who simply loves living amongst her trees and
plants. The joy of every day is reflected in her passion for gardening, and dreaming up the
next project! She loves seeing people who share the same interest.
128 Westenras Rd Hawarden North Canterbury 7385
Frequently Asked Questions
Phone: +64 (0)3 3144504 , +64 (0)27 2100 958
Contact person: Penny Zino
Hours by Appointment only
Garden Size: 7 acres of ever-changing vistas & themes recommended visiting time 2-3 hours
Price: $15.00 adults Children under 12 free. Groups of 15 or more $12.00 per head
Brochure available: Yes
Parking: Buses/coaches & cars to park in car park off the main drive as indicated.
Toilets available: Yes
Food: Teas & coffee Lunches for groups over 10 people available by prior arrangement
Seating: plenty of seating
Children: Yes under supervision
Accommodation: Cottage available for rent for those wishing to relax in the
magical gardens of Flaxmere, or those wishing to prepare for a wedding.
The cottage is set on the edge of a pond within the garden and presents
- 2 bedrooms sleeps 4
- Open plan kitchen dining and living
- Wood burner
- Private bathroom
- Sunny veranda with outside tables and chairs
- Free Wi-Fi
Flaxmere is close to the superb fishing on the Hurunui River and close to Christchurch
We would love to come and enjoy the absolute quietness of this beautiful part of the world &
gain a sense of peace among the wonderful birdlife.
Weddings at Flaxmere are a real joy.
You are spoilt for choice for a location within the garden different areas offering wonderful opportunities to create your own exclusive garden wedding. It is a photographer’s dream, with vistas of the countryside, complete with rustic gates, an arched bridge, brick pathways, stone walls, 5 ponds, & flowers to suit the seasons.
This is a venue where you can use all your creative talents to make the day your own, amongst idyllic surroundings & stunning mountain backdrops.
Whether it be a small intimate wedding or a large gathering Flaxmere can cater for all occasions.
Owner/creator available for garden tours on request at extra cost.
Art in a Garden is an annual exhibition held every year towards the end of October beginning of November. It celebrates the combination of NZ artworks in Flaxmere’s garden gallery and restored 1890 barn. Art in a Garden has developed into a wonderful day out for not only art collectors but also families who want their children to become involved in the creative world.
Live music and a streamside café add to the day.