Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

Cottage | Hurunui | #33075

9.5/10 (19 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Direct access to the breath taking Flaxmere Garden
  • 25 minutes drive to wineries at Waipara, 1 hour from Christchurch international airport
  • Golf courses, biking, fishing, jet boating, bungee jumping and wonderful places for picnics

Flaxmere Cottage is a place to enjoy at any time of the year. Those who stay in the cottage will have free access to the beautiful and well renowned Flaxmere garden. The garden lies at a latitude of 43 degrees south and 330 meters above sea level.

As much as possible Penny Zino has tried to make Flaxmere garden part of the natural landscape. Stone walls have been built by Penny over many years, and all have survived the earthquakes. The stone walls in the rose garden repeat the lines of the riverbed. Bridge timbers come from the Waitohi road bridge when it was dismantled. Vistas incorporating the peak of Mt The Koa which is part of the Southern alps are a predominant feature, and are what this garden is known for. Water had had a huge part to play in the peace and bird life which is generated here. The are various areas of planting which lead from one to the next, each area has its own style, and Penny's latest ideas have been incorporating Native NZ grasses with perennials. The importance to of gardens to Penny is to create an empathy with the land and feed the soul.

The South Island in New Zealand falls into the oscillating trade winds of the southern oceans. Temperatures in the summer can range between 25-40 degrees, and very hard frost up to -15 degrees, in the winter. For Penny, the change of seasons are very important. Plants that give wonderful spring flowers and then magnificent autumn colour are always given top priority. The change of seasons is a huge part of the joy off living, and it is one of the things that Canterbury does best.

Just one hour from Christchurch international airport the surroundings of this magical place offers lots of outdoor opportunities as listed above. The cottage is situated on the road which is the gateway to the Lake Sumner and National Park. Hanmer Springs with its magnificent hot springs is about 45 minutes’ drive. The cottage has Wifi and a log burner available.

Special conditions: The cottage is no smoking inside. Guests are expected to respect the ambiance of the garden and soundings. The swimming pool is available for guests to use.


  • Bath tub
  • Dishwasher
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Swimming pool
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Room 1

    1 x Super king bed

  • Room 2

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
15-Dec-17 to 31-Dec-17
$180/night $200/night
2 night minimum stay
My Tariff
01-Jan-18 to 21-Oct-18
$180/night $200/night
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
22-Oct-18 to 15-Mar-19
$180/night $200/night
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (19)

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  • Very private location, the gardens and pool are exquisite

    Very private location, the gardens and pool are exquisite. Highly recommend the location and beauty of the well established garden.

    RicF8748 new member Dec 2017

  • Awesome place but the house had an unpleasant smell and the dishwasher...

    Awesome place but the house had an unpleasant smell and the dishwasher was broken. Apart from that couldn't fault the house or the stunning gardens on the property.

    ParkeEnglebretsen 100%|2x Oct 2017

  • Great house with a warm and cosy logburner

    Great house with a warm and cosy logburner. Totally recommend for a relaxing rural escape.

    rebert613 100%|4x Jun 2017

  • Lovely, relaxing place to unwind and smell the roses

    Lovely, relaxing place to unwind and smell the roses.

    RafMan 100%|1x Apr 2017

  • Really worth seeing

    Really worth seeing.

    ChristieFa1 100%|1x Apr 2017

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