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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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A real gem

These gardens are so much more than just rhododendron gardens. The native bush shelters all the... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Sarra H
Christchurch, New Zealand
via mobile
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Great place to visit. Beautiful fragrances combined with an extensive selection of colours. Take... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Cambridge, New Zealand
via mobile
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Explore a wonderland of rhododendrons planted within 360 hectares of rainforest, located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden with one of the most diverse collections of rhododendrons on display anywhere in the world. Take a short garden walk or a more challenging adventure and with either, sense another world and time. Feel the spiritual significance of Pukeiti to local tangata whenua and learn some of the language, knowledge and stories which are part of the land. Find out about pioneering Europeans, passionate plant-collectors and garden-makers. Discover the property whilst doing a fun activity or make use of the facilities for a private or community event. Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Share Pukeiti – a truly unique part of Taranaki’s heritage.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“native bush” (15 reviews)
“late october” (4 reviews)
“misty knoll” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

These gardens are so much more than just rhododendron gardens. The native bush shelters all the rhododendrons and is alive with bird song. I've never seen so many Tuis in one place. Even in the wet weather it was beautiful. They are currently improving the...More

Thank Sarra H
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit. Beautiful fragrances combined with an extensive selection of colours. Take your time and take it all in Hint: camera, suitable footwear, time, sunhat (summer)

Thank Janr20
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Beautifully kept gardens with lots of interesting walkways. The Rhododendron's were not flowering when we went visited but there was still lots to appreciate. They were doing construction work around the cafe so it was not open...but had lovely picnic areas. Definitely a hidden gem...More

Thank Silentpartner99
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Although not peak season, the garden is well kept and a wonderful place to walk through, relax and enjoy the plants

Thank Jverry
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Would love to come back when it's Rhodo season as it would look amazing. Some pathways quite slippery when wet so spring and summer would be better months to visit.

Thank Jane A
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Very pretty. Being updated Quite a walk if not fit.Will be lovely when finished!Looking forward to the new afternoon tea place being opened!

Thank GlendaNewPlymouth
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We missed the Rhododendron's but the park was a winding entertaining drive off the Surf Highway and the visitors information area is under expansion and renovation. We visited during the off season but will return for the full flowering.

Thank Colin C
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This is a really lovely place. It is being renovated at the moment when finished will be awesome. It is very large with lots of lovely walks all beautiful.Must take a camera, could be all day and take a picnic. Really worth the visit.

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This garden is larger than expected with many different areas to explore. It's world-renowned for the variety and large number of rhododendron species but there's a lot more to see in the garden as well. A real treat for horticulture enthusiasts as well as those...More

Thank Kiwi A
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This place has plenty of fantastic nooks to explore. The misty knoll is fun for the kids, as are the tree houses dotted throughout the gardens. The rhododendron collection is impressive also. The kids loved the waterwheel, the weta boxes and listening to all the...More

Thank Sezza685
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20 April 2017|
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Response from Lanny M | Reviewed this property |
There are walks available for all fitness levels I think, we've visited with my elderly in laws many times & the managed very well without missing out on the great views. The kids enjoyed running around discovering new paths... More
Claire V
19 August 2015|
Response from Richard F | Reviewed this property |
October probably the best month to visit.