The Hospice Holly Trail was established in 2000 by a group of philanthropic women in order to raise funds for Cranford Hospice, Hawke’s Bay. The Hospice Holly Trail is held biennially in November.
The Holly Trail is a self-drive event held in early to mid-November when gardens are at their best. Ten to twelve interesting and inspiring homes within a 20-25km radius of Havelock North village are included in the Trail. The types of homes vary, ranging from traditional to contemporary, and some will showcase their gardens as well as interiors, although usually only the living areas are on show. Our theme is always Christmas in Hawke’s Bay, and each home is stunningly decorated by different floral designers whose time is generously donated.
Tickets (2022 event on sale from 9am, 1st June 2022) entitle the purchaser to visit each home once between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on any of the three days of the Trail. A Lunch Venue is usually held in a central location on the Trail.
Tickets for the Holly Trail can be purchased online via this website. The homes are kept secret until this time in order to provide an element of surprise!
The Hospice Holly Trail is run entirely by a volunteer committee who collectively contribute several hundred hours of work planning and preparing the Trail. Over the event itself we rely on approximately three hundred volunteers whose goodwill and enthusiasm makes the Hospice Holly Trail so successful and we are hugely indebted to our homeowners and sponsors for their enormous generosity.
We are also incredibly grateful to those who have supported the event by purchasing tickets. Together we are all contributing to the support of Cranford Hospice.
In 2020 the Hospice Holly Trail committee presented a cheque to Cranford Hospice for a record $330,000. To date, the Hospice Holly Trail Charitable Trust has raised more than $2.3 million for Cranford Hospice and is one of their largest charitable donors.
We look forward to seeing you on our 2022 Hospice Holly Trail, 10th – 12th November 2022.
Convener and Trustee