Coniston Gardens

This historic property set on 6.5 acres of woodland and formal gardens, offers self contained and B&B accommodation, garden tours, Chapel, Motor Garage and Granary Museum.


About Coniston Gardens


Coniston Homestead (built 1918) has been recently renovated to provide four guestrooms:
- 1 queen ensuite bedroom with TV, which opens to verandah, perfect for honeymooners
- 1 super-king with ensuite
- 1 twin room with spa bath ensuite
- 1 queen with ensuite

All rooms hair dryers, toiletries, heated floors and towel rails, demist mirrors and bathrobes, cotton bed linen; fresh flowers. Phone, Fax and email available. Full breakfast provided. Guest kitchenette, guest lounge with open fire, TV/video, CDs, games, books and writing desk. Laundry available. Children over 10 years welcome. On-site parking. Helicopter access. Continental and cooked breakfasts are served in the formal dining room or alfresco on the guest verandahs, looking out into the garden. Dinner is available at Ashburton restaurants are nearby.

Price: $140.00 - $220.00


The Gardeners Cottage (built in 1870) is situated on the edge of the 5.5 acres of established garden. The cottage features 4 bedrooms including 1 double and 1 twin bedroom downstairs, and 1 twin attic bedroom. There is also a small room with a single bed next to the double bedroom. All beds have electric blankets. The kitchen/dining room has a log fire and is fully equipped. The lounge has an open fire. TV, video, CD player and board/card games for family entertainment. The bathroom features shower and original claw foot bath. There is separate laundry. Outside you will find a barbecue area with gas barbecue and plenty of room for the children to play with a tree swing and outdoor games. Portacot, highchair, stroller and bicycles provided. Continental and cooked breakfast provisions available (extra charge).

Minimum Stay of one week
Price: Single $110.00, Double $650.00, extra adults $20.00, children under 14 years are $15.00 per night.


Originally built in 1918, the building has recently been restored as a Shepherds Cottage. The fully self contained cottage overlooks the Lake and features 1 room with ensuite. Rangette, microwave, fridge, TV, BBQ area and laundry facilities. Continental and cooked breakfast provisions available (extra charge). Relax in the rocking chairs and enjoy the piece and tranquility.

Price $95.00


The gardens at Coniston cover 6.5 acres of woodland and formal gardens and a lake - attracting birdlife and including many rare and mature trees, with one planted to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1981. The hundred of rhododendrons and camellias feature in the spring time, with blossoms reflecting in the lake. In the summer time the formal rose gardens are a blaze of colour and in the autumn the trees look spectacular with their autumn colours. Also a feature is Coniston Chapel (1885) and summer house, the Coniston Motor Garage and car collection and the Granary Museum featuring memorabilia from the past.

Garden Tours by appointment Price: $10.00 per person

Morning and afternoon teas available on request for group bookings


- Sheep, cropping and seed farm tours and activities on site
- Salmon/trout river fishing, guides available
- Five golf courses
- Lord of the Rings sight-seeing
- Jet boating
- Hot air ballooning
- Horse trekking
- Mt Somers subalpine walkway
- Lake Hood recreational lake, 10-min drive
- Historic plains village and railway museum, 5 mins
- Vintage car and farm machinery museum, 5 mins
- Art gallery, tennis and indoor swimming, 3-min drive
- Mt Hutt ski-field, 30 mins
- Christchurch, 80km north
- Timaru, 80km south
- Mt Cook, 250 km southwest


Garden Tours $10
Lake Cottage $95
Homestead $140 - $220
Gardeners Cottage $110 - $650


Monday - Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm



From Ashburton on SH1, turn onto Moore Street (SH77) at the McDonald's traffic lights and head east towards Methven. Stay on this road until you reach the town boundary. You will find us on your right, 100m from the 100km sign.