Garden Tours

Views from the Benlea homestead balcony

Garden only tours can be arranged for garden clubs, or other groups interested in beautiful, large, country gardens. Our high country garden covers one hectare of land with many mature trees and shrubs, both exotic and native. There are many pathways meandering through the garden, two large rock garden – one with a natural bird bath, and an art gallery to view. Tours include morning/afternoon tea.

Tours can be combined with other local gardens to make a day trip.

Important Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Capacity: 40 people
  • Operates: October – May
  • Hours: Mon – Sat: 9.00am – 5.00pm. Closed: Sun and public holidays.
  • Transport: All groups must make their own way to Benlea
  • Directions: You can find out how to get to Benlea here.
  • Booking a tour: All tours by reservation only. Contact us here.

Please try to arrange your tour at least 24 hours in advance, the sooner the better to secure the spot you want. 

We run 2 tours per day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. During the summer we sometimes may be able to do 3 tours in a day. 

Because we are very much a working farm, we rearrange our days or work longer hours so we can do these tours. We feel it is so important for people to be given the opportunity to get out on a real farm so we absolutely love making time for them. But with the realities of running a farming business, our tour spaces are limited – so get in quick and come and see us!!

Tour Highlights:

  • Wandering the lovely paths of the beautiful 1 hectare homestead garden
  • Stunning mountain views as you walk around the paths
  • Opportunity to see thousands of different plant species both native and exotic
  • Visit the art gallery where you can observe/purchase handmade jewellery, eco prints and local photography
  • Visit the family’s hilarious pet sheep as you walk around the garden
  • Enjoy delicious home baking with a hot tea/coffee*

*We can cater to allergies/food requirements if arranged in advance


Per person*: $15

*Minimum of 15 people per group OR we can also accommodate smaller groups at a minimum price of $200 per tour

Payment options:

  • Cash
  • Paypal
  • Bank transfer (in advance only)
  • EFTPOS (New Zealand eftpos cards only)
  • Credit cards – Visa and Mastercard only
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