Gunyah Country Estate (Garden)


The Garden

The Lodge is set in 25 acres of grounds, mature trees, new plantings and farmland. It was established 1912 by Millicent Hall, daughter of TH Potts, one of New Zealand most renowned early botanists and conservationists, and her children.

The garden has several native trees including one of the southernmost kauris, many rare native bellbirds, and the original large fruit orchard. The azaleas are original to the house, brought to NZ by Thomas Potts himself. There are a number of structures such as a gazebo, a folly, a rotunda and a pond under construction.

The chicken run features Pekinese bantams, Araucanas, Barnevelders, Shavers and a peahen. View Map

The Gardener

Simonetta is a landscape designer by profession and believes a garden is a place that reflects the owner's personality and a place where you can retreat to at the end of a hectic day. Therefore she listens to you and tailors the design to your needs, getting a feel for what style you are after, how you will use the space, how you will live in it, at the same time being conscious of the aesthetic, practical and environmental aspects of the project. Working towards the best solution for the client, she meticulously designs outstanding gardens. She had an exhibition garden at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in March 2009 and will exhibit again in 2010. web: Tel 03 318 6800 Mob 027 6586206 Fax 03 318 6504


Garden Details

Sleemans Road, Glenroy Nr Whindwhistle/ Rakaia Gorge, RD2, Darfield Canterbury. From Christchurch, take Highway 73 (Arthurs Pass) to Darfield. At the church turn left towards Mt Hutt.Continue on State Highway 72 (Inland Scenic Route) through Glentunnel, over the Selwyn River. Travel 10kms until you get to the small monument at the top of the hill. Follow the Gunyah signs from here. Turn left, towards Hororata, then immediately right into Sleemans Road, past the Baptist Camp and across the Hororata River. We are on the left; on the rise, just after the gravel road starts. From the South and Methven: take Highway 72 (Inland Scenic Route) northbound, through the Rakaia Gorge, go past Windwhistle and at the intersection before the monument on the rise, turn right, following the Gunyah signs.
+64-3-318 6800
+64-3- 3186504
Contact Person
By arrangement only thank you. Call first.
Garden Size
The Lodge is set in 25 acres of grounds, 13 of which are garden
$10 per person.
Brochure Available?
Ample parking for coaches and cars.
Food Available
Morning tea/afternoon tea or lunch or dinner for groups by prior arrangement. Please contact us for information. Minimum numbers apply.
The verandah overlooking the garden is an ideal place to relax. There is also plenty of seating around the garden, positioned to enjoy our beautiful view of MT Hutt and countryside.
Yes if you have paid the garden fee.
Wheelchair Access
Yes. Not suitable for overnight accommodation as the bedrooms are all upstairs.
Dogs Allowed
Please leave them in the car. We have a (friendly) dog and a cat ourselves.
Children Allowed
Yes, under adult supervision as we have a pond.
Gunyah Country Lodge offers year-round hospitality to a maximum of 11 guests. Every room features a private en suite bathroom. The beds are deliciously comfortable and are dressed in the best Italian linen with snug wool underlay's and electric blankets on all beds. All rooms are light, warm and sunny and have distinctly different views of the Alps, the hills and the surrounding countryside.
Gunyah is the perfect place for a small, refined wedding, or for your honeymoon. Your hosts are delighted to make your big day very special indeed. Resident civil union celebrant.
Plants/Other Sales
We have a shop that sells our range of preserves Buoni Sapori®. See our Website for details.
Guided Tours
Yes we are happy to show our visitors around the garden and give them a tour of our homestead. For groups only. Extra charge$ 7.50 (includes morning/afternoon tea).
Function Center Available?
Other Facilities
The Lodge’s name “Gunyah”, from the Australian Aboriginal for 'little hut or shelter’, belies the grandeur of this magnificent property.

Built in 1912 for the son of former Prime Minister, Sir John Hall, the building’s exceptional caliber is endorsed by its New Zealand Historic Places Listing. It is also recognised by the National Business Review as one of the country’s Top One Hundred Houses for its historical significance and its Arts and Crafts Movement architecture.

Gunyah was once part of Terrace Station, one of the biggest holdings in Canterbury, and still retains its original granary stables, henhouse and other outbuildings.

The Edwardian elegance of the homestead features rich mahogany panelling, native timber beams, and floors of jarrah and rimu woods, which, combined with generous fireplaces, create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The house is furnished with the largest private collection of colonial antiques in New Zealand. Another part of this collection was recently acquired by Te Papa, the National Museum in Wellington.

Gunyah’s peaceful setting offers total privacy for small overnight conferences for a maximum of 8 people. Day seminars cater for up to 20. We assure sole occupancy and complete discretion for your business meeting.

Gunyah Country Lodge is a wonderful base for many activities and attractions. In less than 30 minutes you can feel the crunch of snow under your skis at Mount Hutt Ski field or Porter Heights, or see your fishing rod tighten with the tug of a high country salmon. You can relax on one of the world's most famous train journeys - The Tranz Alpine, or tramp or bike through the untouched alpine scenery of Arthur's Pass.

For those who can abandon the luxury of their beds, it's just a short drive to see the sunrise hot air ballooning - the spectacular views over the farmland from the mountains to the sea will take your breath away. There are four golf courses near The Lodge, and if you've still got time to spare why not try jet boating, horse trekking or some of the many scenic drives that surround Gunyah Country Lodge.