The Garden

Our forty acre property was originally part of one of the areas old farms. A small section was sold and occupied circa 1970 with plantings of some trees and a few Rhododendrons and Roses. We Purchased the property in 2003 and over the years have expanded the garden significantly.

Our garden was supposed to be a 'hobby' in retirement, but it has gone beyond that and just keeps expanding. We have created a themed garden with specific aspects based on plants and garden styles from around the world, thereby giving visitors a unique and rewarding experience.  

'Chantecler's' gardens are complimented by mature Redwood, Oak, Beech, Ash, Rowan, Maple, Willow, Birch and many other trees including exotic Conifer. The driveway is lined with Liquid Amber which displays amazing colours in Autumn. The backdrop of the garden is the magnificent Remarkables mountain range.  

In what is arguably the most beautiful area of New Zealand, 'Chantecler' is truly a garden for "all seasons" with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter each displaying unique characteristics. 

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The Gardener

Mike and Maureen Henry bought the property in 2003. It was part of the historical Glenpanel farm so the bones of the garden in the form of mature trees where there for us. We have totally developed the 12 acres of garden since 2003.


Garden Details

14 Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown
You will find us halfway between Queenstown and Arrowtown. Turn off SH6 into Lower Shotover Road. Just 100 meters into Lower Shotover Road you will find 'Chantecler' on your right marked by a schist stone entrance. Travel up the long driveway until you reach the Lavender field and park on the grass to the left. Your garden tour starts here.
021 745812
Contact Person
Mike and Maureen Henry
Garden visits are strictly by appointment only. Please make contact by phone or email to arrange a viewing.

You will need at least an hour (we recommend 1.5 hours) to take in all that is there to see at "Chantecler".
Garden Size
'Chantecler' is a twelve acre garden situated midway between Queenstown and Arrowtown in Central Otago, New Zealand.
Guided tour: $20 per adult (Groups are limited to a minimum of 10 people) Unguided tour: $15 per adult, Children: Free
Large Groups (by appointment only)
Wheelchair Access
Stepping stones and logs may be slippery so please take care.
Dogs Allowed
No dogs allowed.
Children Allowed
There are several ponds so it is your responsibility to take care of your children.
Guided Tours
Guided tour: $20 per adult (Groups are limited to a minimum of 10 people)
Other Facilities
We also have a large Vegetable garden, Orchard, Berry garden and Walnut and Chestnut trees producing ample food for our large family. Our Animals include Alpacas, Fallow Deer, Sheep and Chickens.