Immersive art garden rendezvous: The Rusty Acre

Just 25 minutes north of Christchurch, there’s a place in Mandeville that beckons the weary soul.

Escape the demands of busy life with a stop-over visit to a destination gift store set in a tranquil art sculpture garden setting. This unconventional and welcoming wonderland, bursting with fragrant blooms, embodies a little ‘Je ne sais quoi’ vintage flair, and you’re invited.

Conceived from a humble paddock in 1993, this two-acre outdoor gallery features more than 80 alluring steel art sculptures by artist Allan O’Loughlin, and goes by the name The Rusty Acre. Owners Andrea Wadsworth and Allan O’Loughlin, lovers of all things that delight the senses, welcome guests to enjoy languid summer strolls through tranquil gardens.

Venture a tasty nibble of delicious treats with the ‘Mini-Delights’ morning teas, served al fresco. Available November–February on specific dates (bookings required). The gift store offers a wide range of hand-selected quality gifts for that special someone.

Peruse at your pleasure and purchase exclusive brands of fine linens, cushion covers, Italian room diffusers, cast iron garden décor, jewellery, and more.

The Rusty Acre, a recipe for an unforgettable experience. Just add good company and your sense of adventure.

The Rusty Acre



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