The collective colour of petals is what visitors to an Edendale tulip farm flock to photograph, but this year it will have to be done from a distance due to Covid-19.
Triflor New Zealand operational manager Rudi Verplancke said the pandemic meant the company was unable to bring in overseas specialists who usually came over each year.
Instead it was reliant on its New Zealand workers, and he did not want to take any risks with their health.
"We simply cannot take the risk of exposing that core group of people with an already skeleton crew to having visitors from all over the country."
"That’s why we had to make the hard decision to cancel [opening to the public] this year."