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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 6-752 4141
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Not just for Rhododendron fans.

Wow this recently opened park was a real surprise. I loved the new building its design and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Early spring flowers

Not many flowers were out, but there was an amazing bush walk called the Giants. Smooth paths, with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“native bush” (14 reviews)
“misty knoll” (2 reviews)
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2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 6-752 4141
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow this recently opened park was a real surprise. I loved the new building its design and appearance appealing to me. Amazing to think how this rhododendron garden had been transformed and kept me a person who doesn't think much of these plants entertained. I...More

Thank leslee2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not many flowers were out, but there was an amazing bush walk called the Giants. Smooth paths, with lots of little diversions. The cafe was very pleasant with friendly staff

Thank ngairep
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place, full of beauty! We will be making regular visits here for sure! A gorgeous stroll, and the kids loved the tree houses! Was awesome being in nature and lots of bird life! The giant Rata tree was breath taking! We can...More

Thank 909brookes
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful Sunday stroll with the family through one of Taranaki's superb hidden secrets, some easy terrain that can handle prams or wheel chairs, good signage, well constructed tree houses that make it fun for kids to explore, over all amazing place to relax,...More

Thank MrSwannell
Reviewed 22 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 1 July 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 18 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 24 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
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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.