Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

Cottage | Hurunui | #33075

9.5/10 (31 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


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.

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;


  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Swimming pool
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Room 1

    1 x King bed

  • Room 2

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Narrow single bed


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*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 (31)

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  • Beautiful even on a drizzley June weekend

    Beautiful even on a drizzley June weekend. Handy for Hamner and a day trip to Kaikoura. Great for families.

    ruthes359 100%|1x Jun 2018

  • Flaxmere Cottage is so cosy and set in the most magical gardens...

    Flaxmere Cottage is so cosy and set in the most magical gardens which we were free to explore at our leisure. The log burner made it so lovely in the evenings and the old dog and little farm kitten who came to visit made our stay feel like a little home away from home. So close to Hamner but without all the holiday makers; it was nice to come back to our little cottage & fire after a day at the Hot Pools!

    CatherinePr6 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • See above

    See above

    parrck618 100%|74x Apr 2018

  • Spacious, quiet and all we needed with the added bonus of being...

    Spacious, quiet and all we needed with the added bonus of being set in fabulous gardens.

    DuncanBr3 100%|16x Apr 2018

  • Such a lovely quaint cottage

    Such a lovely quaint cottage. Not new but we'll blocked after and very clean and presentable. Lovely character. Such a perfect setting amongst the gardens and amazing for children young and old.

    simonpierremb 100%|1x Apr 2018

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