Cherry Blossom Season is traditionally seen as a time to reflect not only on rebirth, but on the beauty that can be had in fleeting things.
The centre of the event is English Cherry Tree Manor, 125 Matangi Road, RD 4, Tamahere (Hamilton). Paul Oulton planted the trees along his country driveway with the aim of creating a beautiful aisle of trees, a plan which has taken a decade to come to fruition. “We have a lot of people sneaking in to take photo’s with the cherry blossoms.” Says Oulton, “The festival gives us the chance to welcome them properly.”
In the event, you can walk along the long cherry tree drive of the photo below and amble around the extensive gardens. In addition to the Cherry blossom lane, visitors will be able to explore the extensive gardens, feed the cows & alpacas, have tea and coffee, view and try on Chinese ethnic minority clothing, enjoy face painting, gardening and bakery seminars (in English and Mandarin), stilt walkers and more. Entry also offers discounts on a variety of local restaurants.
Furthermore, visitors can get 12-15% discount on the Hamilton restaurants of Three Leg Frog, Sichuan Style and Shanghai Chinese Restaurant.
Ticket price: Adult $10/person
Child (under 12 years old) $8/person
Infants (under 2) free.
Group registration $8 (over 20 people).