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Our Akaroa garden Potters Croft features a pond which is surrounded by 200+ roses, rose arbour's, rhododendrons and azaleas, and several pathways under English trees and through shrubberies.

There is a summer house positioned under a large walnut tree beside the stream, a peaceful place to sit on a hot day. Native trees and shrubs abound, including an old Kahikatea tree or New Zealand White Pine. A large sloping lawn leads from the house to the jetty on the pond below.

Above the house is a tree lined driveway with citrus and apple trees on one side and on the other, a small grapevine and old sheep yards recently converted to vegetable gardens.

Native NZ wood pigeons and bellbirds are a common sight, and more recently the Tui, which has been re-introduced to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.

The Gardeners We were both brought up on Banks Peninsula on sheep and cattle farms in Pigeon Bay and Port Levy. After farming and teaching for 30 years in Mid Canterbury along the Ashburton River, where we brought up our family of three, we decided it was time for a change. We sold the farm in 2009 and the lure of the hills and the sea at Akaroa,drew us back to our old roots. This was when we purchased Potters Croft. Now our time is spent gardening and developing this property and Stew works as a part time skipper for the Akaroa Dolphin Fishing Charters.