Christmas Tour

Christmas These three impressive homes have all featured in NZ House and Garden and are always a highlight of our festival. Also enjoy the unique Christmas Shoppe as part of this inspiring tour. Along the way you will be treated to refreshments, with tastes and sounds of Christmas to get your yuletide juices flowing. 

Home of Tony and Pip Hawke

Home of Tony and Pip Hawke

A short walk along a tree lined driveway leads to this inspirational Christmas family home. The kitchen is at the heart of this dwelling, where we’ll serve you Christmas treats that are sure to delight. There is a restful and joyous air that reaches from the house and out to the courtyard area, creating an atmosphere portraying everything Christmas. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a table-setting demonstration, inspiring you to create your own spectacular Christmas occasion.

Home of Brian and Nanette Bunting

Home of Brian and Nanette Bunting

Enter this delightful Christmas home among the vines. Traditional colours set the scene inside, then step outside to the formal pool area, which is all dressed up celebrating Christmas. Warm yourself by the outdoor fire and toast your own marshmallows. Stroll through the candlelit pathway to the Christmas Shoppe.

The Christmas Shoppe

The Christmas Shoppe

The Christmas Shoppe, occupying what was once a working two-stand woolshed complete with yards and a loading ramp, was established in 2002 by a group of women passionate about Christmas. With its mix of antiques and traditional furniture the Christmas shoppe is filled to the brim with Christmas. What is now the storage area for the shoppe was the original Gifford family farmhouse, moved on log rollers to its present position alongside the woolshed. Step inside the woolshed and be transported to another place, an old world European Christmas experience. Come and be inspired, uplifted and motivated to create your own special Christmas, leaving with a sense of love, joy and peace. 

Home of Robin and Lynne Hammond

Home of Robin and Lynne Hammond

This Victorian villa, set in formal gardens and surrounded by old brick walls, has been a work in progress for over twenty years. The Hammonds’ passion for old world architecture and antiques is evident on entering the property, and the new addition of an orangery has added a touch of England to their ever-expanding garden. The Hammond family’s traditional Christmas collection has accumulated over many years, featuring vintage decorations and European inspired mythical dolls. Enjoy a glass of Marlborough wine as you wander through the garden and decorated rooms.

Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

You can nominate yourself, your neighbour, your street, your school or retirement village garden