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  Hunter's Garden & Cafe

Address603 Rapaura Road, Blenheim
RegionMarlborough Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone+64 3 572-8489
Fax+64 3 572-8457
Contact PersonNicky Wadsworth
Hours7 days, 10.30am-4.30pm
Garden SizeThe total garden area covers approximately two hectares.
PriceFree entry to gardens
Brochure Available?Rack card
ParkingOff street parking for cars and coaches
Food AvailableCoffee, tea, cakes, muffins and other refreshments available 10.30am to 4.30pm daily
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingSeating for 50 inside the café , under the enclosed verandah 40 seats and in the café garden 40 seats
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo
Children AllowedYes, Children's lunchtime menu and playground
WeddingsSmall weddings and other functions by arrangement
Plant/Other SalesNo plant sales on site. Visitors will discover a winery complex that is a joy to explore and relax in – both inside and out. The cellar door, cafe, resident artist and gardens combine to create a rich and rewarding experience that is an award winner.
Guided ToursBy arrangement, permanent information boards located around the garden
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesHunter’s Garden and Café are part of the Hunter’s Winery complex
Artist in residence (Clarry Neame)
Changing garden sculpture displays and other artworks are sprinkled around the grounds, complementing the varied colour, texture and form of the vegetation. The buildings and other structures on site are in harmony with the gardens and historic features have not only been retained, but celebrated.

Wine tasting's and sales are available 7 days per week
Hunter’s olive oil, tapenade and marinated olives on sale.

Hunter’s Wines awarded for outstanding winery landscaping.
The commitment shown by Hunter’s Wines to celebrating and preserving endangered habitats and species has been recognised and awarded at the Marlborough Environment Awards (2008/2009).

The annual Hunter's Garden Marlborough event is held in November every year and is now recognised as one of New Zealand's most prestigious and popular annual events. Sponsored by Jane Hunter since 1993 the event now features a week of garden visits, workshops with international speakers, and a gala fete.


The Garden

Remnants of the original homestead (now the café) era include large Rhododendrons and a Mulberry tree. Jane Hunter’s Australian heritage is reflected in the spectacular Grevillea (silky oak) tree and numerous varieties of Eucalyptus.
Signed walkways meander through the gardens.

The grounds at Hunter’s winery have undergone a major change in direction over the past seven years, moving away from heavily water-dependent plantings borrowed from the English cottage garden tradition. Marlborough’s dry summers made such a garden difficult to maintain and appear totally out of place as the temperatures rose.
The transformation at Hunter’s has been extraordinary as native plants representative of flora found on the dry floor of the Wairau valley have become established. The Marlborough Environment Awards judges commented that, “The gardens now dominate the landscape and are woven around the cafe, cellar door, winery and resident artist quarters.
“The garden design creates separate quiet and sheltered rooms within the site. Many birds, both native and exotic species, now benefit from the habitat. Enticing walking tracks lead one through the native vegetation, providing an intimate close-up encounter.”

The landscaping at Hunter’s has been undertaken with a great deal of careful planning. Plants have been eco-sourced and as such, are representative of the local gene pool. There is also a purpose-built rare and threatened South Marlborough endemic species garden which gives visitors a unique opportunity to get up close to plants that are now seldom seen in the every day landscape.

The Gardener

Di Lucas of Lucas and Associates, Christchurch developed the concept for the native gardens. The current gardeners are Kerry & Jenny Hodges of Hunter’s Wines Ltd and NelMac facility management. Jane Hunter speaks enthusiastically about the gardens and the Hunter’s Wines award for outstanding winery landscaping. “Di Lucas prepared the garden design and she did an exceptional job. We’ve achieved all our goals thanks to Di’s skill. The healthy, low maintenance plantings are maturing and the native cover is suppressing weed growth perfectly.”
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Threatened hebes and grasses of Marlborough
Hunter's Garden & Cafe
Mixed native and eucalptus garden
Walkway to wine tasting rooms & artists studio
Marlborough Environment Awards, pictured with Jane are (left) Graeme Coates who does the planning & Kerry Hodges who does the work.
Verandah dining - Hunter's Garden & Cafe
Big Bird welcomes visitors to the Cafe
Cottage garden at the Cafe
Entrance to Hunter's Garden & Cafe
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