The $60 ticket price for the Pukaha Mount Bruce Garden Tour is too steep for many in the Wairarapa, where gardening is a passion, but incomes are often very low.
The tour is clearly pitched at the Wellington market, where $120 for a couple would not be seen as extravagant, but unaffordable for local people on small or fixed incomes.
Many Wairarapa people, especially the retired, have devoted hours to volunteer work at the Centre, but garden tour ticket prices will be beyond them. A ticket price of $25 is the upper limit for local support.
I used to be a member, but was outraged at the huge increase in subscription prices and now very rarely visit the centre. With their eyes firmly fixed on lucrative coach parties of tourists and Wellington visitors, I don't think Mount Bruce care.