FOUR DISTINCT SEASONS
Each season brings something different to explore at the farm, so check out some of the highlights below.
If you get the opportunity, pop in to Wānaka Lavender Farm at different times in the year to see the many seasonal changes.
September - October - November
Spring is a beautiful time at the farm as life starts to grow back and the grassy fields become a lively green, before the lavenders start to show signs of flowering. Each day sees new plants waking up and a fresh smell in the air. Daffodils, Bluebells and the blossom trees are the first to greet us during springtime, quickly followed by other amazing vibrant flowers such as tulips and rhododendrons.
Our resident animals have a spring in their step this time of year with lambs being born and joining the family. The chirping of young birds, and the buzzing of the bees are also something we love about this time of year.
Spring is the perfect season to enjoy a relaxing lavender tea in the tea garden, as the sun starts warming up. The purple wisteria vines climbing up our trellis are quite the sight to behold, and makes sitting outside like being part of a daydream. And at this time, some of our lavender, the stoechas, will also be making an appearance around the tearoom.
December - January - February
The highlight of the calendar for Wānaka Lavender Farm is the summer season, where we enjoy the enchanting purple haze of the flower fields. Our lavender are at their best when they have plenty of sunny days, and you won’t want to miss the views and the fragrances that are present during these warmer months.
Not only are all the lavender rows beautiful to meander through, but many other flowers around the gardens are also in full bloom. Making our place a nature lovers’ paradise. Take a walk through Mum’s Herb Garden and identify new plants as the fresh herbs give off mouth-watering aromas.
With beautiful blooms, come buzzing bees. The honey bees at Wānaka Lavender Farm stay busy through summer when they collect nectar from all the lavender, and turn it into our unique lavender honey… which you can taste in our tearoom!
From January until March, you can check out our distilling process - that is, how we turn the flowers of the lavender plants into essential oil. Then you can test those oils in our farm-shop at the end of your walk around the farm.
Our delicious lavender-infused ice creams are available to cool you down after your walk through the fields. You are most welcome to indulge and relax in our tea garden.
March - April - May
The magic of summer carries over to the beginning of autumn, and for another few weeks before colder weather hits. So, lavender will still be present, and some of our favourite flowers - roses and dahlias - will be thriving. Not to mention, Mum’s Herb Garden will still be showing off spectacular herbs and their aromas.
As we get further into autumn, the leaves of the trees will start to change and bring an amazing array of colours to Wānaka Lavender Farm and its views. The days of falling orange leaves, and dropping walnuts and fruits, are some that make us and our guests really appreciate nature.
The tearoom and farm shop are still open through autumn so you can enjoy our lavender goodies when you visit!
June - July - August
When winter comes around, the blooming fields of lavender have taken their leave until the frosty weather is over. So though there aren’t any flowers to see during this season, our guests still find joy in exploring Wānaka Lavender Farm and appreciate its dormant beauty. Our giant games are scattered throughout, so whether it’s clear blue skies or a rainy afternoon, you can always have a little fun with those.
Only during this season can our guests hand-feed our adorable alpacas and sheep. So come by and say hi to our awaiting resident animals. They love seeing new faces!
Another perk of winter is that the crisp days provide for some cosy time by the fireplace, sipping on a steaming lavender drinking chocolate. This warming beverage is the star of the season in our tearoom, and will only be available for the winter months. We have an array of other teas and lavender treats to enjoy as well. And our honey tasting will still be open for those still wanting a taste of summer.
Our farm shop is always open for those looking to seek refuge from bad weather and try out our beautifully-made lavender products.
ALL YEAR ROUND
Some of our favourite activities that can be enjoyed every season:
Browsing the farm shop
Testing our hand-made products
Lavender ice cream
Lavender tea in the tearoom