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Hollard Gardens

Open Now: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Open today: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
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First rate garden in southern Taranaki area

This garden was worth the drive. It is on the southern side of Mt Taranaki. The garden was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
delwyn2017
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Toowoomba, Australia
Beautiful

A great “sister” garden to Pukeiti just a wee ways up the road. Taranaki is lucky to have these... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Naomi W
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Rangiora, New Zealand
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A horticultural oasis in the very heart of dairying country. A passionate plantsman's garden and Taranaki showcase. Come and learn about the history, the plants and how to grow them for yourself or just wander and appreciate the beauty. Now owned...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1686 Upper Manaia Rd, Stratford 4352, New Zealand
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+64 800 736 222
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Reviewed October 30, 2014

Very well presented with a lot of flowers in bloom when we went. Lots of pathways you can take to explore the area. The visitor centre is usually open and you can help yourself to a free coffee or tea to take with you! From...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden was worth the drive. It is on the southern side of Mt Taranaki. The garden was spectacular in itself with flowering rhododendron adding many splashes of vibrant colour. Fantastic views of Mt Taranaki as well. A gardener's dream and a real appreciation to...More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you very much for your review, Delwyn. Yes, garden is glorious and the family corner is always a big hit with the kids.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great “sister” garden to Pukeiti just a wee ways up the road. Taranaki is lucky to have these special gems to visit for free.

Thank Naomi W
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your thoughts, Naomi. You are quite right.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent and worth the visit. The most magnificent Rhodedendrons, Azaleas and more. We stayed overnight in our motorhome. The weather was kind.

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed Hollard Gardens and took advantage of the free overnight parking for self contained campervans.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a labour of love this place is. The history of the making and building of these gardens is just beautiful. There is a lovely picnic area with BBQ’s and toilets. So much land to stroll around and plenty of beautiful plants to see. Absolutely...More

Thank catchfab
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. Nice to hear how much you appreciated Hollard Gardens.

Reviewed October 10, 2018

Although quite a distance from New Plymouth (around the other side of Mt Egmont, around an hour or so's drive as i recall) we felt it was very well worth the visit. There are two main paths and we took the longer one (Bernie's Path)...More

Thank Mike A
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review, Mike. Yes, Bernie Hollard had an extensive collection of native plants as well as the rhododendrons and other exotics and the Taranaki Regional Council have continued with his planting ideas. There in never a cafe at Hollard Gardens but occasionally during...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018

I visit this stunning (and free!) garden often and there's always something beautiful to see! The volunteers obviously love tending the flowers and it shows!More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thanks for your review. Hollard Gardens is looked after by a small team of gardeners employed by Taranaki Regional Council, with help from volunteers and yes, they do love it. Feel free to get in touch if you or anyone you know would like to...More

Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

These gardens are quite a way from New Plymouth, however, they offer a nice 45 minutes or so stroll. They were created, designed and grown by an avid gardener. In the little visitor centre you can find out more about the couple and also make...More

Thank Andrew S
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thanks very much for your review. Spring is the best time for the many rhododendrons but you're right that there are flowers to see, whatever the season. I think you're probably referring to Lake Rotokare, a reserve with a fence to protect the native flora...More

Reviewed April 21, 2018

Maybe a little off the beaten track, but a very pleasant place to wander, and well set up for families, too - well-equipped play area, barbecue facilities, etc. And, like the other better-known Taranaki gardens, no charge for entryMore

Thank RandC4861
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2018

Thanks for your review. You're right that Hollard Gardens isn't as well known as the other Taranaki Regional Council owned gardens - Tupare and Pukeiti. It's further from New Plymouth, if that's where you are, but a trip around the mountain, including a visit to...More

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Lovely gardens and free!! Lots of pathways to wander along, interesting plants, very relaxing. Worth the visit. Great for kids!!

Thank 63chicky
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Thanks very much for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Perhaps because it is 45 min from New Plymouth we had this garden almost to ourselves. The variety of trees and plants was impressive and we spent a couple of happy hours wandering around. The visitors centre had interesting information about the history of the...More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Hollard Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thanks for your review. Yes, Dawson Falls are about 15 minutes' drive from Hollard Gardens, up the beautifully scenic Manaia Road.

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