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  Middle Rock High Country Garden and Perennial Nursery

Address1160 Coleridge Rd, Lake Coleridge. Between Windwhistle and Rakaia Gorge on Highway 72 take Coleridge Rd. Travel 12kms, staying on Coleridge Rd. Middle Rock is on the right 5kms past Terrace Downs golf course. Visits by prior appointment only.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone+64 03 318 6889.
Fax+64 03 318 6806
Contact PersonLyn Nell
Garden Size1.5 acres
Price$5.00 for garden visits. No charge for casual nursery visitors.
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingAmple parking for coaches and cars
ToiletsYes, several
Food AvailableYes lunches and morning/afternoon teas available by prior arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes large groups catered for with a large indoor area available in the event of bad weather.
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please
Children AllowedYes
Plant/Other Salesor local visitors there is also a perennial plant nursery specialising in hardy, high altitude plants grown from the homestead garden. Plants are also sold throughout New Zealand. The nursery stocks a selection of potted plants but on line offerings are limited to plants that can be safely mailed at various times of the year. Selling schedules for on line plants include: Oct. to April - Bearded irises sold as bare rooted rhizomes. Jan. to April - Some bulbs, a selection of bare rooted day lilies and some early flowering perennials. April to Oct. - A selection of hardy perennials.
Guided ToursGuests welcomed with an historical overview and a photographic display also available for viewing.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesCheck for details of the other side of our business.
A visit to Middle Rock is usually combined with a visit to other gardens in the area, historical tours of the area or a Middle Rock farm tour.

Middle Rock and Peak Hill Station also host the High Country Tour, a day tour of the Coleridge Basin. The tour begins with a morning visit to Middle Rock, lunch at Coleridge Village and an afternoon visit to remote Peak Hill Station at the head of the Rakaia Gorge. Optional extras include a farm tour at Middle Rock and a dog trailing display at Peak Hill. The High Country tour is suitable for community groups, conference guests and international visitors and has been consistently popular with tour groups for many years.

Only 1 hour's drive from Christchurch, Middle Rock is frequently visited by groups who want a midday visit after arriving at, or prior to leaving from, Christchurch International Airport.


The Garden

The garden at Middle Rock is sited at 1600ft (500m) and features rhododendrons, roses, stone walls and a pond. It is dominated by panoramic views of the Mt Hutt range. The attached perennial nursery specialises in plants exposed to climatic extremes and contains a collection of bearded irises. Most tour groups arrive mid morning and are welcomed with a brief talk on the history of Middle Rock. Morning tea follows in the homestead kitchen and then guests are free to wander the garden and visit the perennial nursery.

Check the website for further details and directions to Middle Rock.

The Gardener

A visit to Middle Rock is not so much about the garden but rather the story behind it. A story of soldier settlement on a bare block of land after World War II and the struggles that went with it, the modifying of a wild high country climate so that a farm and a garden could evolve and the people that have initiated the developments. Today, life revolves around running a 1,000 hectare sheep farming property and hosting a large number of visitors who come as garden visitors or to gain a greater understanding of life on a high country sheep farm. Lyn is the current gardener and over 30 years has built on the basic shelter established by Bruce’s parents to create microclimates around which the current garden is designed. Owners, Bruce and Lyn, have farmed Middle Rock since 1973. Recently they have been joined by their daughter, Charlotte. The family has enjoyed hosting international guests, families, conference visitors and local community groups for over 15 years.Ballance Farm Environment Award winners 2008
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Spring in the garden
Owners, Bruce and Lyn, have farmed Middle Rock since 1973. Recently they have been joined by their daughter, Charlotte. The family has enjoyed hosting international guests, families, conference visitors and local community groups for over 15 years.
Bearded irises are a specialty in the perennial nursery
A visit to Middle Rock offers the opportunity to be guests of a New Zealand farming family in a non-commercial environment amidst the stunning high country scenery of the Lake Coleridge area. There is no minimum number and family groups are a specialty.
For international visitors tours take up to 3 hours and include viewing seasonal farming activities, sheep dog mustering, sheep handling and lamb feeding (in season). Home baked morning or afternoon teas served in the homestead kitchen are also included. Lunches can also be provided.
The large homestead garden at Middle Rock frequently hosts domestic and international tour groups. Featuring stone walls, a pond and a collection of hardy plants and trees, the garden is framed by panoramic views of the Mt Hutt mountain range.
Visitors often combine a farm tour with their visit and are treated to some stunning vistas of the Coleridge Basin
A tour group relaxes in the sheltered garden setting
Wedding guests enjoying the garden
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