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  Fishermans Bay Garden

Address188 Fishermans Bay Road, R.D.3, Akaroa 7583
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone0064 3 304 7367
Contact PersonJill Simpson
Hours10 AM to 4 PM October to April by appointment only.
Garden Size2 hectares
Price$10 per person. Children Free
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
Wheelchair AccessMost Areas
Dogs AllowedStrictly on a leash
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationB&B available with neighbours Sue and Murray Johns Paua Bay Farmstay 0064 3 304 8511 [email] or at Akaroa 16 kilometres away.
WeddingsBy Arrangement
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursYes From Christchurch and Akaroa Contact Rosemary Lyon, Akaroa Taxis Phone 03 304 7609
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesFisherman's Bay Garden is 10 minutes from our neighbours at Paua Bay Farmstay and approximately 5 minutes drive from Hinewai Reserve, 10 minutes drive from "Cloud Farm", 20 minutes drive from Linton of Akaroa and approximately 40 minutes drive from Nancy Tichborne's Garden at French Farm.


The Garden

Fisherman's Bay Garden is a tranquil haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline.
Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean form the backdrop of this two hectare garden, which uses the structure and texture of New Zealand native plants combined with a diverse array of non-native plants to create a truly New Zealand garden.
Winding paths and a varied landscape have inspired a garden with many parts, including a traditional flower border, herb garden, fern garden, a shaded stream side valley and pond and a wild and exposed rock garden.
An extensive variety of locally-sourced native plant species offer visitors a unique snapshot of the rich and varied plants of Banks Peninsula.The gardener is also a keen collector of native hebes, and the site currently boasts more than 150 species and cultivars.
The Fisherman's Bay Farm is just 20 minutes from the historic French settlement of Akaroa, and includes more than 100 hectares of regenerating native bush in two coastal valleys.
The garden is at its best in late spring and summer, however the strong focus on evergreen New Zealand natives - and the garden's beautiful setting - mean it has something to offer all year round.

The Gardener

Jill has always had a love of natural places and gardening, from building little moss gardens around her dolls house as a child to choosing to write essays on landscapes as an Art History student at university. Before having children Jill worked in nurseries increasing her plant knowledge and as the children grew up she developed her own landscape design business working for a number of years in and around Christchurch. Since moving to the rural environment of Banks Peninsula Jill's obsession with gardening has continued to evolve with the original garden area having grown more than tenfold with hebes being a particular interest. More recently natives have been blended with a large range of non native plants, particularly perennials. This reflects Jill's interest in creating a New Zealand style garden based largely on natives [locally sourced where possible] but mixed with non natives to increase seasonal interest and colour. Husband Richard is responsible for the farm landscape, the welfare of 400 "girls" [cows] and keeping the supply of landscaping materials up.
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