We visited Mona Vale in the last couple of hours we had before boarding our flight to come home. It was the perfect way to end our visit to memorable New Zealand. We kept seeing signs for "Mona Vale" while driving around the Fendalton area of Christchurch earlier in our trip and I couldn't resist finding out what it was. We walked in through the gate on the north end (although we found later that there is a parking lot on the south side of the park). What we found was another section of the Avon River, with a path and beautiful landscaping. Going further along the path we found a whole garden! The building associated with the old homestead (which was a restaurant before the earthquake), as well as the fernery and greenhouse, are closed due to damage, but the grounds themselves have been immaculately maintained. They have an impressive collection of hydrangeas and clematis. The Fall color would be spectacular. This is definitely worth a visit, especially if you take a picnic basket.
Once home, I googled this place and learned its history. I'm so glad we were able to see it for ourselves.