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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

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Address: 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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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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A great walk and wonderful gardens

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoyed our relaxing stroll through the Pukeiti Gardens. At this time of year, the red rhododendrons and the hydrangeas have the brightest colours, along with the hollyhocks. The gardens, as well as the restaurant attached (which supplies simple but delicious and nourishing meals), are undergoing an upgrade, which will further enhance this already awesome place.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This took a short 15-20 min drive to get to, but was definitely worth it. The gardens are stunning. The walls are relaxing and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Would be a great venue for a wedding! Offers great covered seating. Tree houses hidden among the walls for the kids. Currently undergoing some upgrades. Very impressed!!

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Porirua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were chancing our luck going here when weather was unreliable but chose a shorter walk (rhododendron stroll) and managed to stay fairly dry. While rhododendron season is over the hydrangas look stunning and the giant himalaya lillies are impressive. Lots of improvements since our last visit two years ago with building work underway on cafe and information building. Highly... More 

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Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to this old favourite yes we've been coming the last 20 years nearly every time we come to taranaki area but the entrance & coffee shop area we're under major renovation so no afternoon tea indoors but the temp coffee place was ok, 2 new gardens set up so early planting & some old growth which are blooming... More 

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Whakatane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived 30 minutes before closing however the gardener was very helpful, by suggesting the best areas to walk around in the time available and told us he would leave the gate unattached for us. Good paths to walk around on- but some areas are hilly.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

for a very pleasant stroll amongst the native bush and more recent exotic plantings. Lots of rare and unusual plants can be seen. Further development is being carried out which will enhance this attraction even more in the future.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love Pukeiti - the Rhodos were out and it was beautiful. Great place for the kids as well - lots of tree huts. Beautiful gardens

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Paeroa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing garden. Really, really enjoyed our 2 hour wander through despite the rain. Rhodos were amazing. A lovely tranquil place. Highly recommend this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely place for a long walk and enjoy all the colour. Though we had missed the best of the season there wa still a lot to see. The colour and size of the flowers on some of these rhododendrons was breathtaking. There is a new visitor centre being built at present. This looks very impressive .

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