Daffodil Day at Otahuna Lodge

29 August 2013

On Sunday, 8 September between 10am – 4pm, Otahuna Lodge will again open its garden gates to visitors in an effort to raise money for The Cancer Society.

Parliamentarian Sir Heaton Rhodes and his wife Jessie, established Daffodil Day in 1928 at their impressive homestead Otahuna in Tai Tapu, 20 minutes from Christchurch. Rhodes was the president of the Canterbury Horticultural Society for more than 50 years and established one of the most celebrated gardens in New Zealand in the first half of the twentieth century. During this time, many Otahuna daffodils were gifted to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens; these formed the nucleus for what is now the daffodil woodland in Hagley Park.

Today, the gardens cover more than 12 hectares including many different themed areas, most notably the 2-acre daffodil paddock, estimated to hold between 1 million and 1.1 million bulbs. In recent years, Otahuna's garden team has restored many original areas including: the formal Dutch Garden - a parterre filled with exotic trees and flowers; the Great Lawn and ornamental pond; the Potager Garden and Orchard which annually produce more than 120 varieties of fruits and vegetables for Otahuna's celebrated kitchens; and numerous garden outbuildings including a restored Melon House and an apple shed which has been repurposed as the Mushroom House.

Admission for Daffodil Day is $15 for adults and $5 for children age 5-15 (children under 5 will be admitted free of charge), with tickets sold at the gate for cash only. 

The gate will be open from 10am - 4pm. The price of admission includes:

  • Access to the Gardens (the Homestead will not be open)
  • Optional guided tours of the Garden throughout the day
  • Musical entertainment provided by the Sideline Swing Band and other musicians
  • Tea & coffee
  • Children's treasure hunt
  • A donation to the Cancer Society.

We invite guests to bring a picnic but request that they leave their pets at home. Additionally, as ground conditions are often wet in early spring, we encourage guests to wear appropriate footwear.         

During the last Daffodil Day at Otahuna Lodge, visitors raised $12,000 for the Cancer Society. Cancellations due to weather will be announced on Newstalk ZB and www.otahuna.co.nz.

For more information, contact the Lodge via email: enquiries@otahuna.co.nz or via telephone on 03 329 6333.