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“Great Garden, Great View, Great Food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Summit Gardens Vanuatu - CLOSED

The Summit Gardens Vanuatu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific recovering well after Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the panoramic views from The Summit are stunning. Visit THE SUMMIT GARDENS for FREE, view health & body products being made at The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and Health & Body Gift Shop, DAY SPA and more... THE SUMMIT GARDENS have been developed to provide maximum pleasure to the visitor. Opened to the public in November 2011, the 11 named gardens, spread over 6 hectares, are all distinctly different, unfolding as a series of surprises as you follow the meandering pathways and steps. At nearly 200m above sea level, the escarpment garden offers the visitor breathtaking views over Mele Bay. Within the gardens are THE ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLERY - see how oils from sandalwood, Tahitian lime, mandarin, tangelo, ginger, etc, grown at The Summit are extracted and where our range of health and beauty products based on Sandalwood, soaps and candles are made. The Gardens were devastated during Cyclone Pam on Friday 13 March 2015. Since re-opening in August 2015, admission to the gardens is free and must remain so until they recover their former glory and world class status, and we wanted to share this journey with you. However, costs for rehab and garden team wages are ongoing. We believe in Trade not Aid... So if you want to help us going forward, please call into The Summit Gift Shop after your garden stroll and choose your favourite Made in Vanuatu skincare products, 100% Tropical Vanuatu Inspired, 100% Natural & Sandalwood Based. All net proceeds from the shop go to cover the costs of restoring The Summit Gardens. And remember, our products carry a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Come to THE SUMMIT CAFE for refreshments or lunch and take in more of the wonderful views. ALLOW 2-3 hours for your stay - take a leisure walk and lunch or refreshments, or wander around at your leisure for the whole day if you wish! Enjoy a Walk at the Rainforest or Dare the Canyon Ride (Admission Fee applies), or do the Segway Tour (Admission Fee applies) BUT Remember, there's NO ADMISSION FEE to visit and to enjoy The Summit Gardens for now! You can come by bus, by your own car, by your transport. Do come visit-you won't be disappointed! ATTN: Air Vanuatu/ Virgin Blue / Air Caledonia / Fiji Airways / CRUISE SHIP VISITORS & Everyone - To Visit The Summit Gardens is FREE! Explore, Discover, Dine & Shop in the Clouds! If you're feeling adventurous, dare the Canyon Ride or do the Segway tour! ADMISSION FEE APPLIES to both these tours.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Great Garden, Great View, Great Food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

What more can you say than, Great Garden, Great View, Great Food. Any one of these things should put a visit to the Summit Gardens on your list of things to do in Port Vila!

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Brian P
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Island Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

We got a bus up to the Summit Gardens and the staff there couldn't of been more helpful despite clearly being surprised to see us as we had not used the bus they provide from Port Vila but one of the normal local buses. They even saw we had large bags with us and offered to store them for us. They showed us the distellery and then a guide started our journey around the gardens before leaving us to have a romantic stroll around the beautiful gardens with spectacular views. The walk ends on a shop and cafe and while we did not eat we brought some great products that they make in the distellery. Definately a highlight of our trip.

Visited March 2013
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Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Pizza!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Great view and the best food, would be my pick of thing to do. The gardens are great and tell a story but the view is just wonderful.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Katrina P
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Emu Plains, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Visit to the Summit Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Rather than wait until 11am to get the Mele Bay Express I organized a local bus the first quote from our accommodation at the Pacific Lagoon Apartments was 3000 Vatu each way so I caught the bus to town and negotiated a price of 1000 Vatu from town. We then organized for the driver to come back for us at 11.30am which he did with a return price of 1000 vatu which is great as it is approx. 15-20 kilometres from town. We timed it to arrive at opening time of 9:00am to look around before it got too hot. We had a great morning tea at the café Cappuccino an Tahitian lime pie, beautifully served on a timber plate with palm leaf and hibiscus decoration all for 600 Vatu (AUD $6.20). After being at the Botanic Gardens in Singapore last October I wasn't expecting too much but I was pleasantly surprised the gardens are really lovely well laid out in garden rooms and terraces, well worth a visit. All of the staff were friendly and happy to answer any questions.

If your a garden lover this is highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Tanya H
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2 reviews
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“Breathtaking view o_O”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic view and beautiful flowers & plant!!!
The cafe has reasonable price compare to shops in town.
One tip.
Do not go there on tour. It is more expensive.
My sister and I went there on tour coz we thought it would be nicer to have a guide. But the guide is complimentary at the garden.
So if you are going there.. Just take a bus go there by yourself. Much cheaper.

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3 Thank borikim
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