Classes at Highbank with Tonia Todman

With the fifth year of classes here at Highbank, we’ve had time to consider what works best for our friends – you, the customer! The options for classes here at Highbank with Tonia Todman have expanded to give you more choice in how and when a class is scheduled.Our experience shows that classes have become a memorable get-together for groups of friends, pre-wedding hen’s days, corporate break-out days – made even better as the whole day or evening is structured to suit you.

Our usual classes are held for groups of three or more, with a preferred maximum of eight people. A half-day class is available for two people at a cost of $90.00 per person. All that’s required is for you to read through the class suggestions to find what appeals to you, decide on some preferred dates for the class, then contact Tonia through email at to discuss your plans. You may like to combine topics, or you may have your own requests – we will do our best to make your day totally enjoyable and a memorable experience.

When are the classes held?

Cooking classes are most usually held on Saturdays and Sundays, but mid-week and evenings are also available. A full day class is most likely to start at 10.30am (11am in Winter) with morning tea and cake, during which we review recipes we will cook during the class. We then cook until lunch is served in the Highbank dining room, after which there’s more cooking until around 4pm.All attending receive a recipe folder for later reference. If the weather permits, you may also like to take a wander around the house and historic gardens, especially in rose season.

Are Gift Vouchers available?

These are a delightfully welcome present for someone – please email Tonia at to arrange this.

Interior design classes

These will cover colour theory, discovering your own design style, fabrics, renovations – plus any aspect of home design that you would like to know more about. These classes have the same format as cooking classes, including timing, morning tea, lunch and a folder of reference notes.

How much does it cost?

A full day class costs $110.00 per person, all inclusive.