The Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari is the fund-raising brainchild of the town’s Rotary club. There’s been a Garden Safari in Kerikeri every year since the inaugural event in 1987 and it has now earned a well-justified reputation as one of the must-do events on the town’s social calendar.
And not just the town’s social calendar. Each year the Garden Safari attracts people from all parts of the country – it’s become a Kerikeri tourist attraction in its own right.
This is a great day out for the whole family; a once-a-year opportunity to see beyond the gates and explore some of the most interesting gardens in the region. It’s a real ‘must do’ for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
When you buy your tickets you’ll receive a brochure containing a detailed write-up about each garden and a map showing its location. Choose the gardens that interest you and plan a route accordingly. Then just follow the trail to the amazing homes and gardens you’ve selected.
Spend as much time as you like at each; after all, you’ve got the entire weekend to play with. Food and drink is frequently on offer in at least one of the gardens and the brochure will contain details.
Proceeds are used to support local and international community and youth development projects.
So thank you for supporting the Rotary Club of Kerikeri and helping us make a difference in our community.
Like hardy annuals the Garden Safari scarecrows make a regular appearance each year in the weeks leading up to the event.
They’re created by Kerikeri business owners to publicise the event and residents of the town get to vote at New World for their favourite.
The winner earns its creator a $100 prize.