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LL67 Clachanburn 40
Orchard Creek

private garden

Clachanburn Garden

316 Puketoi Runs Rd, Puketoi 9398, New Zealand


Jane Falconer welcomes you to her rambling country garden, set in the stark beauty of the Maniototo. The lawns and borders roll gracefully away from the house to two large ponds with rugged hills to one side and the distant mountains beyond, giving an impression of a lush oasis in the heat and dry of Central Otago. Experience a Garden tour.

Two large ponds have been developed and natural materials have been used throughout - schist stone and hardwood timbers integrate with the surrounding landscape. Planting of the sweeping borders that curl away from the house is restrained and the colours - blues, greys and shades of red - travel into the distant rural panorama. The stream passes through the heart of the garden, its margins well-clothed with a variety of damp-loving plants, edges of the creek are stone-lined with rocks brought in from the surrounding hills.  An arching natural stone bridge and a boat shed on the lower pond are special features at Clachanburn. 

The Gardener

Jane enjoys sharing her country garden and cottage with visitors. Her knowledge of gardening has developed over a lifetime. Although you may think she has gardened in this area under her control, she is quick to point out that the climate is extreme and keeps her on her toes. Once a Home Economics teacher, her skills in the kitchen are enjoyed by many visitors who take the opportunity to enjoy her country cuisine featuring homegrown produce. Her produce and craft shop features a classic range of high-quality products designed by Jane.

Garden Size

Size 4.5 acres


Have you considered a wedding in the Clachanburn garden, in the picturesque Maniototo, Central Otago? We enjoy working with you to create your perfect day, from Labour weekend too - mid-April. Our large garden gives you wonderful photographic opportunities with a choice of formal photo's in the rose garden, or you may love the rustic, authentic boat shed and lots more too. Our package usually involves the ceremony, photo's, drinks and nibbles before you move to a venue of your choice for the wedding breakfast. We can highly recommend the local hall in Patearoa, only 17km away, or the Maniototo Stadium in Ranfurly. We can host the complete wedding in the garden, and or Lunch the following day, we are willing to discuss all options with you.

Other Facilities

Fishing.  We are within easy access of the well-known Taieri River, where there are also numerous dams stocked with rainbow trout. Using Clachanburn as your base, you can enjoy any of the following locations: Loganburn dam, Poolburn dam, Patearoa - Paerau Gorge.


  • Accommodation
    Accommodation is available in the historic Clachanburn Garden Cottage. Stay for a night or longer, relax and enjoy! The cottage originally was situated on Puketoi Station (4 km north) and was used as the station's shearers' quarters. After World War I the station was divided for returned servicemen into many farms of which Clachanburn was one.
  • Price
    Entry fee - $10.00 per persons. Guided Tour $15.00. Time frame - depending on your interest in gardening allow approximately 1.5 hours to explore the garden. If teas or lunches are to be included, time to talk to Jane and enjoy the shop, allow 2 hours.
  • Parking
    We have plenty of parking for buses coaches and cars is available.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The garden is generally accessible for wheelchairs
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thank you.
  • Food available?
    Devonshire Tea or Lunch by arrangement served in the garden. Lunch can be served in the Homestead Dining Room if necessary.
  • Picnics
    Picnic tables are available in the car park.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please strictly supervise by an adult because we have a creek and two ponds.
  • Toilets?
    Toilets available.
  • Seating
    We have seating around the grounds for you to sit and enjoy the views.
  • Plants/Sales
    Clachanburn house and garden products are available from Jane’s shop. Homegrown fruit and vegetables are used in a variety of old family recipes making delicious pickles, relishes and jams. Jane's sewing ability has produced a classic range of kitchenware including aprons, oven mitts, muslin throw-overs as well as sunhats, kneel pads and sleeve bands for garden use. As the popularity of the shop has grown, Jane has introduced a small range of exclusive speciality lines for gardeners and cooks.
  • Guided Tours
    Garden Tours are available by appointment only.


316 Puketoi Runs Rd, Puketoi 9398, New Zealand