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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

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Address: 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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+64 6-752 4141
09:00 - 17:00
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Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest...

Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest property located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden and plant collection. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.

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Some trek but worth the journey

This place is unique. I've travelled a lot but never seen anything of its type anywhere else. You travel on winding roads through native bush and forest to get there and there is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is unique. I've travelled a lot but never seen anything of its type anywhere else. You travel on winding roads through native bush and forest to get there and there is plenty of parking. Obviously they are giving the entrance a big make over and developing new gardens. We saw it in its early stages and it is... More 

Thank mike385
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A place and pace for everyone - forget the rhodos just enjoy the experience - plenty of walks all different, some steep some flat, kids hideouts in the trees, lots of seats about, so plenty of choice - a new and very interesting sunken garden - congrats on that one - a great NZ asset all round

Thank Barry G
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were disappointed so much reconstruction going on in Pukeiti but they will be finished in the spring when the rhododendrens in bloom. We were taken round by a very knowledgable manager who has worked there many years.He was great and we enjoyed riding in The Lurch.

Thank jocelynhoskin
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

honestly if you have the chance to visit these gardens especially during the rhododendron festival it is a must see. these gardens are beautifully maintained and once the new visitor centre is open this will be a first class facility.

Thank mouse037
Ridgewood, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are two entrances to the park and we arrived via the road from New Plymouth through the interior rather from the coast. This road is very slow and narrow and constantly twisting and turn. The road from the coast is shorter and much easier and preferred. No matter which way you arrive the visit is worth the trip. There... More 

Thank NJTravellingfool
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited at the time when rhododendrons were not in flower. But what a lovely place anyway. We arrived and were told that there was a bus trip leaving at any minute, which was good for us oldies as it is a very extensive garden. We were given an informative tour of the lovely tracks through the native bush, one... More 

Thank retrosoul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

If you love gardens you will love Pukeiti World famous Rodo Garden which it is set amongst Virgin native bush on the foot hills of Mount Taranaki. There is a short walk to an old water wheel and walks through row upon of beautiful Rhododendrons that thrive there. At the entrance there is a nice Cafe and local craft shop.... More 

Thank Mike L
Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had been told about these lovely rhododendron gardens before we arrived in NZ & we knew it was the wrong time of years to see rhodies & azaleas, but it was still a bit dissapointing as there are major refurbishment work going on at the moment so there is no cafe or information centre & only one block of... More 

Thank Kathryn R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

It is famous for its Rhondodendron, however you should visit during the blooming season to see the beauty of the flowers, usually during spring October to Desember. When we visited in January the blooming season has passed and the flowers fade and only left a little remaining. Anyway, whatever the season, this garden is magnificent in size, where you can... More 

Thank santo t
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Loved this place to wonder about and see the wonderful work that has been done to set these gardens up.A great walk to the the summit if time allows. Awesome friendly and helpful staff with a small cafe to enjoy a great coffee and snack. Big renovations underway so would be keen to go back and see it all finished.... More 

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