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AGHS 40th Annual National Conference 2019

25 October 2019 - 27 October 2019

* Conference Registration Now Closed *

We are delighted to offer you a New Zealand conference including beautiful gardens, expert NZ speakers in an outstanding venue – National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

Conference Program

New Zealand is no longer overlooked as a tourist destination.

With a similar currency and language, travelling in New Zealand is remarkably easy. The National Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa is a premier venue. The name translates as, “Container of Treasures” and is a New Zealand icon. Its raked theatre, central location and easy walking access from hotels make it an ideal conference location.

Wellington, the New Zealand capital, is at the southern tip of the North Island. It is the location of the National Parliament and Government House, and sits on a stunning natural harbour.  At a latitude of 41 degrees south its climate similar to that of Launceston. It sits on the Pacific ‘Rim of Fire’.


Pre- and post-conference tours

Three-day pre- and post-conference tours will be run by Stuart Read showcasing outstanding gardens on the west coast and hinterland north of Wellington.

Find out more in the pre-conference tour itinerary and the post-conference tour itinerary.


AGHS Tour of New Zealand’s South Island
14 Day Escorted Tour from 29 October to 11 November 2019 (commencing after the Optional Day on Monday).

Join Lynne Walker, on a personal tour to New Zealand to visit her favourite gardens. Visiting the best of the South Island’s gardens ranging from grand and historic gardens to special private gardens not normally open to the public, Lynne will introduce you to her fabulous selection of private and well-known gardens and some passionate gardeners as well. See spectacular and dramatic scenery, castles and wineries, visit artisans and galleries and, along the way, enjoy delicious regional food and wine.

Read the full tour itinerary.


Airfares: from AU$400–500 return

It is recommended that airfares are booked at the same time as the Conference bookings open.


Hotels: $160–$260/night

A wide selection of quality accommodation is available within a 10 minute walk of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. Conference rates have been negotiated and information is available in the accommodation brochure.


Conference cost: Friday 25 – Sunday 27 October for Lectures, Gardens and Conference Dinner is AUD $700.


Read the conference brochure online or find a copy in the January 2019 issue of Australian Garden History.


Register: Online or complete and post the conference registration form to: Gate Lodge, 100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3004 with payment.


Numbers are limited — you are advised to BOOK EARLY!

Further information:

Lynne Walker – phone:  02 6775 0208, email:

John Maurer – phone: 02 9439 4041 / 0409 725 440, email:


25 October 2019
27 October 2019
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