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

The al­ti­tude and hot, dry sum­mer cli­mate make the Waitaki Val­ley ideal for grow­ing laven­der. Jo and Barry Todd’s Danseys Pass Laven­der Farm is set in a lush green, rose-laden gar­den sur­rounded by rus­tic dry-stone walls which keep at bay the val­ley’s yel­low pad­docks. The Todds pro­duce up to nine litres of laven­der oil a year and sell their own ranges of skin care, aro­mather­apy and cos­metic prod­ucts. They also sell laven­der-tinted and flavoured ice cream made by Oa­maru com­pany Deja Moo. Vis­i­tors find their way to the Todd’s laven­der farm by chance as they drive the Danseys Pass en route to Naseby and be­yond while oth­ers make it a des­ti­na­tion on a Sun­day out­ing. Open Fri­day to Mon­day,

9am to 5.30pm, shop open Oc­to­ber through to April.

1473 Danseys Pass Road, Danseys Pass, Oa­maru, (03) 431 2596, danseyspasslaven­

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