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Business Type: Private Garden


Flaxmere has been selected by the NZ Garden Trust as a Garden of National Significance, and has been given a rating of five stars.

Address: 128 Westenras Road, Hawarden 7385, North Canterbury Christchurch & Canterbury

Phone: view phone+6433144504


E-mail: send an e-mail


Relax and be inspired by wonderful vistas that connect you with nature and the rhythm of life, in a garden for all seasons!

Garden History

Over 45 years ago on a North Canterbury sheep farm, the garden at Flaxmere was established, boldly designed to frame breath taking mountain vistas, and create sense of tranquillity with a series of ponds.

Situated near the Southern Alps, Flaxmere has developed into a stunning example of a garden that evolves with the seasons, splendid throughout the year.

This is a large country garden based on the principles of strong design, is completely in tune with the terraced riverbed country the garden is part of. Flaxmere's vistas have been described as 'art forms'.

Immense use of water creating a series of five ponds, gives a sense of enormous peace, and ensures wonderful bird life. Heavy old bridge timbers have been used and stone walls have been built over the years which add to the country style. This is a garden that has most things, formal, informal, extensive area of New Zealand native plants, woodlands, roses, rhododendrons and water.

Flaxmere has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust, which is affiliated to the Royal Institute of Horticulture.

Visitors from around the world have been welcomed for many years.

Art in a Garden

Art in a Garden is an annual exhibition held towards the end of October /beginning of November. This event celebrates the combination of NZ artworks in Flaxmere’s garden gallery and restored 1890 barn. This is considered to be the very best indoor/outdoor exhibition of its kind in the South Island. We have prided ourselves on the placement of sculptures within ethereal vistas, and paintings, pottery, glass & jewellery in the barn gallery. We aim for the very best environment possible to enhance inspiration enjoyment and sales.

Art in a garden has developed into a wonderful day out for not only art collectors but also families who wish to encourage their children to become involved in the creative world. We offer children’s classes in selected activities.

Live music and a streamside café add to our days and create a relaxed & unhurried feel.

Hours of work

Open by appointment only.


128 Westenras Road, Hawarden 7385, North Canterbury

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