Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

Cottage | Hurunui | #33075

9.7/10 (7 ratings)
  • 4 people
  • 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*

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  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
28-Oct-16 to 28-Jan-18
$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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (7)

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  • Wonderful surroundings - beautiful garden, well setup tidy batch

    Wonderful surroundings - beautiful garden, well setup tidy batch. Great value for money and had everything we needed and more. Will definitely be highly recommending to our friends.

    SyphonNZ 100%|1x Sep 2016

  • Beautiful place to stay even in winter

    Beautiful place to stay even in winter. Cosy and nicely situated:

    NicolaS 100%|1x Jul 2016

  • The most beautiful and peaceful surroundings possible...

    The most beautiful and peaceful surroundings possible.

    jante913 100%|3x Mar 2016

  • Beautiful gardens and peaceful location

    Beautiful gardens and peaceful location. Just the place to get away from the hustle of the city and get back to nature.

    iainke429 100%|7x Mar 2016

  • Penny has been great to deal with and very helpful

    Penny has been great to deal with and very helpful. Flaxmere Gardens are beautiful and the Homestay/bach sits well in the gardens and in a great location exuding ambience. The bach is a classic (old) NZ bach with great views to the fields and a small pond. Certainly 'rustic' but with huge character and clearly some history. Thanks Penny we will be back and have already recommended your property to our friends.

    JohnLevNelson 100%|1x Feb 2016

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