Since 2008 the Health Trust has organised and managed a stunning garden tour, called “Spectacular by Nature”, each November. This event has become one of the most successful fundraising events on the Island. The event involves many 100’s of hours of community volunteer time and energy and the participant feedback has been outstanding. National and international garden celebrities have also participated in the tours. Unfortunately there will be no “Spectacular by Nature” tour in 2016 due to scheduling conflicts.
The tours are divided into different levels of fitness. For example;
- Nikau Tour – Good basic fitness, requires walking some distances but on relatively flat terrain. Six wonderful gardens ranging from those with extensive vistas to tranquil quiet spaces. Geographically involves central and southern Great Barrier Island.
- Rewa Tour – Moderate fitness level, requires the ability to walk up hills/multiple stairs with ease. The gardens are similar in variety and geographical situation to the Nikau Tour.
- Totara Tour – For the adventurous and fit only, requires the ability to clamber into and out of boats, or up and down steep stairs. Not a garden tour in the traditional sense but includes residences and bush in the western and southern end of the island. Strong walking shoes are advised (tramping boots not necessary).
- Kauri Tour – Northern Great Barrier Island. Reserved as a special treat for returning Garden Tour participants.