Fishermans Bay Garden


The Garden

Fishermans Bay Garden is a haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline. The structure and texture of New Zealand native plants combined with a diverse array of non-native plants are used to create a truly New Zealand ambience. Winding paths and a varied landscape have inspired a garden with many parts, including a traditional flower border, extensive perennial and grass plantings, a farm vegetable garden, a fern garden, a shaded stream side valley,large areas of native shrubland and a wild exposed rock garden.
An extensive variety of locally sourced native plant species offer visitors a unique snapshot of the rich and varied plants of Banks Peninsula. Jill is also a keen collector of native hebes, and the site currently boasts more than 150 species and cultivars.
The garden has been landscaped integrating the old shearing shed and other playful elements. One of these is ‘Herbina’ the corrugated cow that overlooks the bay and welcomes visitors to the garden. The garden is at its best from late spring right through to Autumn and the strong focus on evergreen New Zealand natives and the garden’s beautiful setting means it has something to offer all year round.


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The Gardener

Jill Simpson

We began working together on our great project of the farm and garden at Fisherman's Bay in the late nineties. The farm took priority at first and the house and garden were a wonderful place for ourselves and our family to enjoy but garden development took a back seat to family and the farm. About ten years ago with family grown I stopped drawing landscape plans for others and began to build the garden much more seriously -The word obsessional is occasionally thrown in here but in a very benign sense. Now our life in the garden involves hosting visitors from all over the world while continuously modifying and maintaining the garden. We have a blessed life of gardening and lovely visitors. 


Garden Details

188 Fishermans Bay Road, Akaroa.
The Fishermans Bay Farm is just 25 minutes drive from the historic French settlement of Akaroa.
Take Highway 75 out of Christchurch to Akaroa.
• After travelling through Takamatua which is just before Akaroa turn hard left onto Long Bay Road. Follow Long Bay Road to the top of the hill.
• At the top of the hill go straight ahead continuing on Long Bay Road.
• Long Bay Road continues on to Fishermans Bay Road and Fishermans Bay Garden is at the end of Fishermans Bay Road.
Follow the signs for Fishermans Bay Garden.
03 304 7367
Contact Person
Jill and Richard Simpson
We are open by appointment Labour weekend through to April. Please call 03 304 7367 first or check "Open" sign at the top of Long Bay Road.
Garden Size
2 hectares of garden amongst 100 hectares of regenerating protected native bush in two coastal valleys.
Admission fee is $15.00 for adults and seniors. This includes a complimentary cup of tea or coffee. Children are free.
Brochure Available?
Off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food Available
Lunches and morning and afternoon teas available by prior arrangement.
Self serve cups of tea and coffee available free of charge.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
No but there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Akaroa.
There is extensive seating in the garden.
People are welcome to bring their own picnics.
Wheelchair Access
There is some wheelchair access but the garden is predominantly hilly.
Dogs Allowed
Dogs welcome on a leash.
Children Allowed
Children are welcome.
We have no accommodation but there is plenty of good accommodation in Akaroa. We recommend La Rochelle Motel in Akaroa.
Wedding ceremonies and wedding photos may be held by prior arrangement.
Plants/Other Sales
Guided Tours
Guided tours are available by prior arrangement.
Other Facilities

We are 40 minutes from another Banks Peninsula Five Star Garden - "The Garden at French Farm" owned by Jendy and Pat Brooks and we are 25 minutes away from "The Giants House" [also Five star] in Akaroa owned by Josie Martin.

Fishermans Bay Garden is in the midst of a working farm where beef cattle and replacement dairy cattle are raised.

Fishermans Bay is on "The Wildside" of Banks Peninsula and is a largely unspoilt area dominated by the rugged coastline and its natural environment. The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust coordinates an intensive predator control programme in this area where Yellow Eyed Penguins and Blue Penguins nest and native birds are abundant.