National Shows 2024
The North Island National Dahlia Show
Hosted by Central Districts Dahlia Circle
At the Palmerston North Community Leisure Centre,
569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
There is within a few minutes of Central Palmerston North , the wonderful Esplanade Garden,
26 hectares of bush walks to formal gardens. This incorporates the rose garden.
There are plentiful walks through the gardens with a large array of plants from borders to large specimen trees.
The riverside bridal track is a well maintained walkway running between the manawatu river on one side and the esplanade on the other. The walkway continues onto a modern walkway bridge over the river. on the southern end of the gardens there is LIDO swimming complex, ideal for the waterbabies among you.
The central city square is always worth a visit. A relaxing, well maintained spot, right in the middle of town.
The South Island National Dahlia Show
Hosted by the Dunedin Dahlia Circle and Waikouaiti Garden Club
To be held at the East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
17th and 18th February 2024
Waikouaiti is a small town close to the coast and the mouth of the Waikouaiti River, although 40 kms north of Dunedin, it is still within the city boundary.
It has a rich and colourful history promoting itself as the birth place of Otago.
The main activity back in 1837 was farming and also the site of a couple of whaling stations.
the beautiful curved beach is 4 km in length from Cornish Head in the north to Karitane inlet in the south. It is a favourite spot for surfers, beach and dog walkers
along with day trippers.
Conveniently in the centre of the township is the 51 hectare wetland called Hawkesbury Lagoon. In 1912 the lagoon became a wildlife refuge and has reamined under DOC protection ever since.
Pleasant walkways zigzag across the lagon where a large range of birds can be spotted including spoonbills, herons, ducks, shags and swans.