Close to Home: Blooming gorgeous

By Heather Ramsay

Photo / Wanganui Chronicle
Photo / Wanganui Chronicle

The Taranaki Garden & Rhododendron Festival features over 50 gardens, including one of international significance. Special gardens range from a Japanese tea house to organic vege gardens. Support events include speakers, a jazz and wine series, markets and exhibitions. It runs october 30 to november 8.

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Artistic inspiration
The Auckland Art Gallery's school holiday programme is inspired by the free exhibition Rita Angus: Life & Vision. The two-hour workshops start at 10am and cost $12.
Bookings are essential.

Contact: (09) 379 1349
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Best of the West
Luxury, sustainable design and a superb setting combine at Franz Josef's new Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

An opening offer of $675 for two people includes a degustation dinner, breakfast, and entry to the Glacier Hot Pools. Available until November 30.

Contact: 0800 723 642
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Spring to it
The Garden City and surrounds are gorgeous in spring. Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism is giving away 10 Spring Escape Prize Packages plus an Ultimate New Zealand Cup and Show Experience package. For the draw, go online and send an e-card to friends or family.
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A lot of hot air
Guests at Canterbury's Terrace Downs Resort can now take in the grandeur of the spectacular scenery from a hot air balloon. Balloons depart every Saturday, conditions permitting. Bookings are essential.

Contact: (03) 318 6943
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