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Address282 Awaroa School Road, Dorie, 11 RD Rakaia. On the Main South Road - (State Highway 1) - sixty kilometers south of Christchurch you can't miss the "Big Fish" in Rakaia. From the "Big Fish" travel 3 kilometers south on the Main South Road (State Highway 1) heading towards Ashburton. Then turn left onto Pendarves Rakaia Road (the big green and white road sign says Pendarves/Seafield) and the little yellow AA sign says Dorie Travel down that part of Pendarves Rakaia Road 300metres only - turn hard left onto Mainwarring's Road and travel 8.5k's - turn hard left onto Awaroa School Road (gravel road) travel 500metres and turn left into our drive and we are the big house at the end of the drive.
RegionCanterbury
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone64 3 302 0864
Fax64 3 302 0865
Contact PersonSue & Ted
Websitewww.rakaiagardens.co.nz
HoursPlease contact Sue for times when Rakaia Gardens are open for viewing. Garden visits for private people as well as buses.
Garden SizeThe garden is 6 acres. Allow a good 1-2 hours for your visit.
PricePlease email Sue for all pricing.
Brochure Available?Yes we can post one out to you.
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableNo but there are cafes in the area.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is limited seating around the garden.
PicnicsYou are welcome to bring own food & drink in the form of a picnic.
Wheelchair AccessYes.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please as we have animals.
Children AllowedYes but please supervise as we have ponds.
AccommodationNo but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
Weddingswww.weddingsjustforyou.co.nz You are welcome to have your wedding in our special setting. The garden is 6 acres - with wide lawn paths linking each area together with rhododendrons, camellias,thousands of annuals, perennials roses and a huge area dedicated to NZ natives surrounding Ted's pond.
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursSue is happy to show our visitors around the gardens.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesRakaia Gardens is a working dairy farm with 1400 cows - milked on a seasonal basis with calf feeding from August to September .We are not set-up for visits to the Dairy farm unless it is a drive-by in a Bus with my husband talking very informatively about the Dairy Industry which he was on involved in forming Fonterra for many years.

Fishing in the Rakaia River is about 3 minutes away from us.
All types of fishing are available: fly fishing, spin fishing, surf casts and deep sea fishing. Fishing heaven in New Zealand.
Ted is an extremely keen fisherman having fished in
Taupo and Rotorua for Rainbow Trout
B.O.P for Snapper
West Coast for Brown Trout
Raratonga for Tuna
Tonga for Marlin
Alaska for Halbit and Land locked Salmon
Hokitika Channel for Blue Tuna

Our season for Salmon is from October until the end of April each year. Between June and September we are permitted to fish for trout from the Rakaia Bridge down to the sea.

The Waimak and Waitaki Rivers are both excellent salmon fishing rivers and are about 1.5 hours travelling from us.

Our great love is golf - the Rakaia 9 hole golf course is five minutes, Terrace Downs is 45 minutes from our home and any excuse is good enough to play golf.

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The Garden

The garden is 6 acres - with wide lawn paths linking each area together with rhododendrons, camellias, thousands of annuals, perennials and roses. We have a huge Board walk linking all the ponds together which are surrounded with NZ natives.

We have a petanque court which we made for our daughter's wedding and play croquet on the lawn.

The Gardener

Sue is the gardener and now days as the garden has grown she has help. It is her passion and she spends every waking hour in the garden. Ted is an extremely keen fisherman having fished in Taupo and Rotorua for Rainbow Trout B.O.P for Snapper West Coast for Brown Trout Raratonga for Tuna Tonga for Marlin Alaska for Halbit and Land locked Salmon Hokitika Channel for Blue Tuna
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Our family home is surrounded by structure in the form of topiaries.
One of several ponds surrounded by natives.
A quiet place to sit and reflect.
Spring colour.
Another view of the house with our mature trees behind.
A nice place to get some shade.
The board walk links all the ponds together.
Wide lawn paths link each area together.
More structure.
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