– grapes, olives, truffles, perennials, wetland/ponds
Saturday 1st December 2012
Where: Pohangina Valley Estate
Valley Road; Pohangina [10 mins Nth of Ashhurst] Please note – a per-person group-booking surcharge is imposed payable to the host.
A family operated business with around 16,000 grape vine plantings.
Not a traditional grape growing region but despite initial ‘local’ scepticism, the property is performing well and yielding a quality product [which will be available for sampling/sale].
Some 350 olive trees also supplement the operation, along with a block of truffle-inoculated hazels and oaks that are nearing fruition.
Check out www.southern-truffles.co.nz for more info on the NZ truffle industry.
…lunch will now be a ‘Bring Your Own’ – self cater affair…..held at the vineyard property around mid-day.
Shelter is available in the advent of inclement weather.
Eating lunch among the grape vines or olive trees should be rather fun. 🙂
A group booking has been arranged but you are responsible for ordering and paying for your own meal on arrival. For catering numbers/host convenience, please email Ian, firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to the event, if you intend lunching at the Waterford.
Where: Tiro roa Perennials – Garden & Nursery [Free entry]~~
1116 Pohangina Road; Ashhurst~~[Ample parking within the property and road verge] A spectacular collection of perennial plantings in a rural garden setting, caringly propagated and grown by Dee Mathews. Plants available for sale.
Then moving on to…
Where: Luttrells – White Pine gardens wetland and museum.~~
[per-person entry fee payable to the host] 1235 Pohangina Road, Ashhurst, just Sth of Pohangina Village [Ample parking available] An interesting property containing a native bush block, extensive wetland/pond systems, unique wildlife [including wallabies] and a private museum. Ever wanted a few ideas on creating the ultimate pond/wetland for your property, this is the place…Tim designs and builds them.
Also the original home of the yellow – Timms Possum trap [invented by Tim].