Flaxmere Garden

Rhododirect Gardens

Our History

Flaxmere is a North Canterbury high country garden sitting beneath the main rib of Southern Alps. This large 7-acre garden is boldly designed to make the most of alpine views, strong axes and cross axes focus on the surrounding mountain and pastoral environment.
Heavy old bridge timbers and stone walls reflect a country atmosphere where a feeling of peace & romance abides amidst dramatically changing seasons.
Water meadows and a series of ponds support a variety of bird life amongst lush planting and mature trees which include exotics, as well as a large native garden using plants indigenous to this unique sub-alpine area.
The layout of the garden and plantings comprising many different areas are designed to enhance and complement surrounding vistas leading from one to the next, each are distinctive in their planting. These include clipped boxwood creating the approach to a formal rose garden with many varieties of old fashioned roses. Formality gradually merges into the countryside with the use of perennials & NZ grasses, & woodlands work well with roughly mown paths. Trees have been planted well beyond the fence lines!

Penny views gardening as an art form and has been awarded a 6 star status from the New Zealand Garden Trust which is affiliated with the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture, which makes Flaxmere an Internationally recognised garden. This is the highest status for New Zealand gardens, of which there are very few.

The Garden is also an ideal canvas for wedding celebrations and photos.
It is clearly sign posted from Hawarden.

The Gardeners

Flaxmere is the creation of Penny Zino, who simply loves living amongst her trees and
plants. The joy of every day is reflected in her passion for gardening, and dreaming up the
next project! She loves seeing people who share the same interest.

Garden Details

128 Westenras Rd Hawarden North Canterbury 7385


Frequently Asked Questions



+64 (0)3 3144504 , +64 (0)27 2100 958
Contact person
Penny Zino
By Appointment only
Garden Size
7 acres of ever-changing vistas & themes recommended visiting time 2-3 hours
$15.00 adults Children under 12 free. Groups of 15 or more $12.00 per head
Brochure available
Buses/coaches & cars to park in car park off the main drive as indicated.
Toilets available
Teas & coffee Lunches for groups over 10 people available by prior arrangement
Plenty of seating
Yes under supervision
Cottage available for rent for those wishing to relax in the
magical gardens of Flaxmere, or those wishing to prepare for a wedding.
The Cottage 
Set on the edge of a pond within the garden and presents
  • 2 bedrooms sleeps 4
  • Open plan kitchen dining and living
  • Wood burner
  • Private bathroom
  • Sunny veranda with outside tables and chairs
  • Free Wi-Fi
Flaxmere is close to the superb fishing on the Hurunui River and close to Christchurch
International Airport.
We would love to come and enjoy the absolute quietness of this beautiful part of the world &
gain a sense of peace among the wonderful birdlife.
Weddings at Flaxmere are a real joy.
You are spoilt for choice for a location within the garden different areas offering wonderful opportunities to create your own exclusive garden wedding. It is a photographer’s dream, with vistas of the countryside, complete with rustic gates, an arched bridge, brick pathways, stone walls, 5 ponds, & flowers to suit the seasons.
This is a venue where you can use all your creative talents to make the day your own, amongst idyllic surroundings & stunning mountain backdrops.
Whether it be a small intimate wedding or a large gathering Flaxmere can cater for all occasions.
Guided tours
Owner/creator available for garden tours on request at extra cost.
To be announced.

Contact Flaxmere

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