Over 500 people attended the Wānaka House and Garden Tour last weekend with a great many more wishing they had. The event was a resounding success- the properties were a fantastic selection of very different places- large houses, little cottages, and very large park gardens.
The event was jointly run by the Wānaka Community Hub and Aspiring Rotary. There were 23 properties in the tour with a real mix of houses and gardens. All proceeds raised from the event went to reducing debt on the Wānaka Community Hub. Tickets were sold out within 48 hours with an ever-growing waitlist as the event got closer.
The event also included a garden party on the Saturday evening. Guests were bussed to the Olive Grove from the centre of town and enjoyed a silk lined marquee and free flowing champagne, cocktails and wine together with a feast put on by Aspiring Rotary.
Gina Treadwell, Manager of the Wanaka Community Hub, and House and Garden event coordinator said the weekend was one to remember.
“The committee worked tirelessly over four months to ensure a wonderful weekend – and the hard work really paid off.”
Treadwell said: “There were so many great things to come out of the weekend but one that really stuck in my mind was the wonderful entrepreneurial spirit of a couple of groups of children. One group, Liam, Owen and Nadia Thomas set up a cake stall outside their home in Eden Close. The children had cakes on offer and business boomed for them – so much so, that their mother was sent back to cook more. On Monday morning the three of them turned up to donate $130 of their takings to the Hub.
“The overwhelming feedback has been that everyone loved the selection of properties and got a wonderful taste of the district. One attendee came into the Hub on Monday morning and said they had been on numerous House and Garden Tours and this was the most professional, well run event they had been on. Comments like that make it all worthwhile,” said Treadwell.
While final invoices were still to come in, the result was beyond anything we had hoped for, she said.
“We will be close to raising a massive $55,000 for the Hub.
“Huge thanks must go to the property owners, sponsors, volunteers and most of all to the committee members from Aspiring Rotary whose dedication and commitment to the event has been phenomenal.”
Treadwell’s final comment: “I have been asked at least 15 times in the last few days when the next one is going to be and if they can go on a waitlist for tickets. I think we will take a big breath first.”
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