Then on to Woodlands, a historic house and garden , also in Gordonton where we had lunch, some of us picnicking under the trees others enjoying the café. Woodlands is a garden of Regional Significance and has many old and rare trees – a pleasant and serene place to stroll.

Hamilton Gardens was our afternoon stop. Here the Friends of Hamilton Gardens had arranged for three of their enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides to take groups through the many gardens areas and explain the history and development of each area. The Friends then treated us to the most magnificent afternoon tea – a feast of delicious home made goodies. It was a wonderful finish to the day.


The images below show scenes from Wairere garden and nursery, Woodlands Historic house, the group arriving at Hamilton Gardens and some of the areas in the gardens they visited.