Lord of the Rings fan? Me too! Ever wanted to visit one of the LOTR’s sets around New Zealand? Me too!
You bet when I moved to the Wairarapa Fernside Gardens was on the bucket-list of places to visit. It’s stunning lake area played a starring role as Lothlorien in several scenes of LOTR’s and WOW it does not disappoint. A rare opportunity to visit and overdue for a date-day, Isaac and I called in a babysitter and headed to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and historic gardens as part of a fund-raising event for Greytown Little Theatre’s new theatre development project.
We spent our time wandering through the aromatic walkways that revealed pockets of charm at every turn! Fragrant roses, striking water features and geometric ornamental spaces of delight. I loved soaking up some vitamin D while picnicking at the lake area with hubby.
The landscaped gardens have a noticeably English influence with additional touches of European and Japanese water garden’s. The braided natives sweeping the grounds and spectacular blooms tell a colourful story while you walk through (what seems) different worlds and time, it’s quite the experience!
We thought it was an exceptional touch to be offered a tour around the gardens during the open-day, giving visitors the full experience, not only to be educated on the properties rich history but also to be guided through the secret passages you might otherwise miss. We learned during the garden tour the current owners bought the property in 2007 and recognised its historical importance and since have devoted their time and energy to the continued restoration of the gardens. It was interesting to learn the original homestead on the property (developed by wealthy pastoralist Charles Elgar and his wife Ella) tragically burned down in 1923, the newer American colonial style was built by Heathcote Helmore.
While Isaac spent time in days-of-old, learning the back-stories about the impressive classic cars on site I nosey-ed off to the stalls that sold yummy food and drink and enjoyed checking out delicately made products from South Wairarapa artisans (there are so many creatives here in the Wairarapa!!!). Such a memorable day for enthusiasts and lovers of historical places like Isaac and I.
I have been desperately searching for a stylish alternative to the regular gumboot. I got what I wanted and MORE collaborating with Marlo. Marlo boots are sleek and stylish (as apposed to chunky and heavyset) AND I am not messing with you when I say they feel like slippers (is that even possible? Why yes it is!). I’ve paired them with my Orchid Dress in Beige Stripe from my favourite online fashion destination Feather and Noise . They are ridiculously comfy and as you can see super-stylish. Perfect for all our camping adventures, popping into my local café, heading to the kid’s afterschool activities, or getting lost in gardens. BONUS a great boot coming into the cooler seasons with faux fur inside to keep the tootsies nice and toasty.
Note: The gardens are unsuitable for wheelchairs with mostly gravel paths and lawns and for safety reasons are not suitable for children under 13. Visitors should be careful of trip hazards such as tree roots. Good news is there is plenty of beautiful rest spots and seating in the garden. No dogs permitted.
Visit: Appointment Only
Where: Fernside is located at, 1407 State Highway 2, Featherston.
See you, love you, BYE!