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Loch Leven has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust  and given the rating of 5 stars.

The 3 acre garden has evolved over the last 31 years and is still evolving, a fence has been removed and a new area is being developed this year.

Hedging has been used extensively to give shelter and structure. Large borders are filled with a rich array of plants including roses, rhododendrons, shrubs, perennials, hostas, irises, perennials and peonies. You’ll see ashes, elms, oaks and silver birches planted throughout the large expanse lawn and garden to give shade and tranquillity.
A dry-stone wall garden has been planted with silver and grey plants. A more naturalistic planting of natives and grasses on the outskirts blends well with large rocks and wire art.
A summerhouse adds tranquillity. Numerous old bricks from local homesteads damaged in the 2016 earthquake have been used to path areas.
Raised potager vegetable beds and a small espaliered fruit tree orchard are very productive and attractive.
Spectacular views of Mt Lyford and the Lowry Peaks range can be viewed from the garden.

Loch Leven is a garden in the Hurunui Garden Festival this year https://hurunuigardenfestival.com/



The garden is open by appointment. 

Bookings are essential for morning and afternoon teas and lunches. Price on application.


Check out my page on Hurunui Garden Festival, here is the link.https://hurunuigardenfestival.com/gardens/loch-leven/


Garden Details

714 Rotherham Road South
Culverden R D 1
North Canterbury 7391

Directions from Christchurch Head north on state highway 1 until Waipara, turn left onto State Highway 7 towards Hanmer Springs. Drive through Culverden, approximately 2km north of Culverden, turn to the right signposted ‘Rotherham’, ‘Waiau’, ‘Kaikoura’. We are 7.14kms from here on the right.
From Hanmer Springs Take the road towards Culverden, turn left at Mouse Point corner onto Flintofts Road, turn left onto Rotherham Road South, we are approximately 2km on the right hand side.

Phone: 03 315 6408 or 027 220 5186
Contact person: Doreen Dryden
Hours: Loch Leven garden  open by appointment from September to the end of April
Price: $10.00 per person to view garden
Parking:  Down the drive past the house, beside the nursery. Large groups and on open days, (follow signs) park in the paddock to the left in front of the garden and come through the wrought iron gate into the garden
Morning/Afternoon Teas/Lunches: Available for groups of 10 or more, prior bookings essential.
Seating: There are plenty of seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the garden
Children: Yes, we love to see children visiting and enjoying our garden under supervision.
Picnics: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Weddings: Enquiries welcome. Best time of year November through until late December.
Accommodation: Culverden Court Motels, Main Road, Culverden phone 03 315 8350


T: 03 315 6408
M: 027 2205186


"I get all my plants from Loch Leven as they are priced well and are healthy plants. If Doreen doesn't have something she will try and get it in for you and she is happy to assist with garden planning and plant selection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Jacq McNeill"
Jacq, NZ