Our gardens will be closed over winter - Monday 27th May until Monday 2nd September.

We will still be open for functions and events during this time

Welcome to



New Zealand Garden of International Significance

A renowned garden which has international acclaim, Trott’s Garden was home to Alan and Catherine Trott and their family for thirty-seven years.

Located in Ashburton, New Zealand, the gardens were sold in September 2023. Now in private ownership, the new owners wish to continue on the great work that Alan and Catherine Trott’s legacy has left.

This will ensure this beautiful garden remains accessible to people all over the world who admire this local New Zealand paradise.

Trott’s Garden is open to the public 6 days per week from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm (unless privately booked). Entry fee is $10 per person (12 and under free).

All groups and individuals are welcome, although bookings are essential for groups (minimum 10 people) and bus tours. Morning and afternoon tea, lunches, as well as guided tours are only available for groups (minimum 10 people) and bus tours. Please email info@trotts.co.nz with the details of your tour.

Toilet facilities are available. The garden is accessible for prams and wheelchairs in most areas.

Close-up Photograph of Flowers

Brantwood at Trott’s Garden offers a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions - all year round.

Combining picturesque landscapes within the grounds of Trott’s Garden, we now offer Brantwood Chapel and Brantwood Belvedere (marquee). You can have your whole day in our paradise. Your ceremony could be in the gorgeous historic Chapel or maybe even pick a spot in the Garden, the choice is yours. Striking panoramas provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding photographs, whilst your guests will enjoy wandering the grounds and soaking up the surroundings.

Your wedding reception can be held in either the Brantwood Belvedere (Marquee) which can accommodate large, lavish occasions, or for the more intimate affair (under 50 guests), we now offer the use of Brantwood Chapel. You are welcome to bring your own caterer for Belvedere receptions, however we do offer in-house catering for the smaller wedding receptions held in the Chapel.

As we are fully licenced, we have a caravan drinks bar, “Bertie”, which can offer the full complement of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Our “Bertie” caravan can also provide an assortment of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tubs, which can be enjoyed by your guests on the Brantwood Green area, whilst enjoying our range of large outdoor games.

The Belvedere will seat up to 120 guests with our fabulous new oak tables and cross back chairs, and our new lighting features are sure to impress.

We have Elopement packages on a Thursday, exclusively for 10 guests, this package includes 2-hour use of the venue, celebrant, photographer, archway, and seating for 8 guests, chefs’ choice of canapes for 10 people and a glass of champagne per guest.

A Friday intimate afternoon high tea wedding for under 30 guests, allows you to have exclusive use of the venue, enjoying a high tea with bubbles, this can be held either in the Brantwood Chapel or on the Brantwood Green under sun umbrellas.

We can also offer picnic party setups for groups of 10 to 14 people, for Baby Showers or Hen’s parties. You can have the choice of a grazing table or canapes or opt for a brunch package. Our Caravan drinks bar, “Bertie”, will provide the beverages.

Brantwood Chapel

The Brantwood Chapel was moved to Trott’s Gardens in 1998, where it sits today nestled amongst the stunning gardens as if it has always been there.

The Trotts decided that this historic chapel could be a lovely addition to the garden, especially for anyone who was looking for a unique venue to be married.

The chapel seats 80-100 guests for ceremonies, and has been used for many weddings and also for celebrations of life.

You can choose whether you continue your day or evening in the Brantwood Belvedere, or for smaller receptions (up to 50 guests), in the Brantwood Chapel

Brantwood Belvedere

Located within the garden, the Brantwood Belvedere offers a perfect setting for your wedding.

What’s included in your venue hire:

  • Exclusive use of the facilities at Trott’s Garden
  • Fully powered marquee with wooden floor and modern lighting
  • Option of a garden or chapel ceremony.
  • Farmhouse tables and chairs - seating up to 120
  • Plates, cutlery, and wine glasses for up to 120
  • Water and juice station
  • A small commercial kitchen is available for hire by your own approved caterer for events over 50 guests (for a fee)
  • Our caravan drinks bar, “Bertie”, offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Convenient, large off-street parking area with easy access.
  • Wedding ceremony arch
  • Registry table and chairs
  • A huge choice of beautiful photography areas
  • Use of mobility scooter and/or golf cart for less mobile guests

Bertie Caravan Bar

The “Bertie” caravan is a fully licensed bar which can be used for your wedding or event.

  • Premium selection of beer and wine
  • Zero % beer and wine
  • Artisan soft drinks and sparkling water
  • A range of organic juices
  • Ben & Jerrys ice cream tubs

Wine Glasses
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Our exclusive wedding venue hire fees range from $3000 to $5000

For bookings or to arrange an appointment, please email brantwood@trotts.co.nz or call Janene on 021 028 32123

Wedding FAQ’s

Is BYO alcohol permitted?

Brantwood at Trott’s Garden is fully licensed. You may, however, supply a maximum of 12 bottles of toasting wine/champagne for Brantwood to chill serve post ceremony. A corkage fee applies.

Can we use our own caterers?

Brantwood provides catering for weddings up to 50 guests. Larger wedding groups may utilise their own third party caterers, provided they are registered and certified.

Are there kitchen facilities available?

Brantwood has its own commercial kitchen. Third party caterers may hire this facility for a fee.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Dietary requirements can be catered for but need to be advised at least two weeks prior. A surcharge may apply.

Do you supply vendor meals?

Vendor meals can be made available, for a charge, and need to be advised at least two weeks prior.

Do you have vendors we can talk to?

Yes, we have a list of vendors covering all aspects relating to your wedding day.

Is there a plan B in case of wet weather?

A garden ceremony can be moved into the Chapel or Belvedere, depending on numbers.

Is there car parking?

There is ample car parking available in the immediate vicinity of the Chapel. There is also parking for buses.

Are dogs allowed?

We allow dogs on a leash for the ceremony, however, they must vacate the property prior to the reception.

Are there toilets and washrooms available?

We have modern toilet facilities available including disabled toilets.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all areas of Trott’s Garden are wheelchair accessible.

How can we get some of our less mobile guests into the gardens for the ceremony?

We have a single person mobility scooter and a two person golf cart available for less mobile guests to use throughout the day.

Can we have a rehearsal?

Yes, a rehearsal time can be arranged in the days leading up to your big day, pending bookings and availability. There is a 2 hour time limit, restricted to members of the wedding party.

Are we allowed confetti?

Confetti is restricted to natural confetti such as rose petals, etc. No paper, rice or artificial products are permitted.

When do we need to vacate the property?

All guests must have vacated the property prior to midnight (12am). There is to be no drinking and driving - we encourage and will help you to organise taxi’s if required.

Can we set up a bar tab?

Yes. Once the initial bar tab amount has been established, it can be paid with the balance of your venue hire, 7 days prior to your wedding date. Once the bar tab has run out, guests can pay by cash or eftpos, or the bar tab amount can be extended at your request.

Is there a deposit required ?

A $1500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your venue hire. The balance of the venue hire, including any Brantwood catering, will be due 7 days prior to your wedding date after we have established final numbers and details.

Garden Tours

Trott’s Garden, like all gardens, is spectacular over spring and summer, with beautiful Rhododendrons in bloom, and equally throughout the year the knot garden and our many garden rooms deliver a unique experience.

Entry fee and self tour is only $10 per person (12 and under free).

You are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. There are just a few simple rules:

  • Purchase the normal $10 per person entry ticket
  • Group picnic size limited to no more than 6 people (incl children). No large groups or BBQ’s.
  • Trott’s Garden is a licensed premises, therefore, no BYO alcohol. Bertie, our drinks caravan, is available to serve you any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages as well as ice creams.
  • No picnics in the carpark (Health & Safety at Work Act 2015)
  • Please do not leave any rubbish in the gardens, and please return any glassware or empty bottles when you leave.

Small dogs only are welcome but must be on a lead.

Guided group (minimum of 10 guests) and bus tours of Trott’s Garden can be tailored to suit, with duration flexible 30mins to 90mins. Catering can be provided before or after the garden tour.

A motorised scooter and/or golf cart can be available for less mobile walkers. Guided tours can be arranged and booked by emailing info@trotts.co.nz or phoning Janene on 021 028 32123.

Group Catering

Group (minimum of 10 guests) and bus tour catering can also be arranged. We can do morning and afternoon teas, high teas and also seasonal lunches. These are offered in conjunction with either a self or guided tour. Dietary requirements will incur a surcharge.

A sample menu is below:

Morning Tea (served high tea style)

Selection of club sandwiches


Lamingtons with cream

Light Lunch

Quiche or courgette slice

Hot ham or chicken

Side salad

Individual pavlova nests with fruit compote and cream

Full Lunch

Butterflied NZ lamb with pistachio, orange and mint salsa

Curried cranberry chicken salad

Greek salad

Broccoli, grape and craisin salad

Green salad with green goddess dressing

Individual pavlova nests with fruit compote and cream

Functions & Events

Brantwood at Trott’s Garden is the perfect venue for your wedding, funeral or corporate function. Our unique venue offers everything you need to create your perfect event. Talk to us, we can cater to all your requirements. Your guests are always welcome to meander around the gardens or relax on the lawn enjoying a variety of outdoor games.

Janene, our events organiser, is always on hand to help with any event enquiries.

For current pricing, bookings or to arrange an appointment, please email brantwood@trotts.co.nz or call Janene on 021 028 32123

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Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm (closed Monday’s)

Our gardens will be closed over winter - Monday 27th May until Monday 2nd September.

We will still be open for functions and events during this time