The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Rosa Dav­i­son be­gan her search for Shangri-La 15 years ago. The land­scape gar­dener wanted a place where she could let her cre­ative juice spill over. She found it in a piece of scorched earth, 25 min­utes south of Blenheim, flanked by a moody sea and parch­ment­coloured cliffs. To­day, the prop­erty has been planted with thou­sands of na­tives, in­clud­ing some rare species. Rosa says she loves to share the prop­erty with oth­ers so they can en­joy what she and her fam­ily have al­ways loved. Paripuma can ac­com­mo­date up to 12 guests in the house; there is a stand-alone B&B and the prop­erty can be booked ex­clu­sively for wed­dings and events.

Pri­vate tours of Paripuma's gar­den can also be ar­ranged. It's a gar­den of note – four years ago it won the Land­scape Award from the Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Coun­cil at the Marl­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment Awards and it is of­ten in­cluded in Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough. 243 Ren­ners Road, Lower Dash­wood, Blenheim, (021) 221 3833,

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